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During the 1960's Polaroid added significantly to the manufacturing capacity of the town when it constructed a camera factory on the old Forbes estate on Route 1A near Islington, a facility that provides substantial employment to the community and surrounding towns to this day. On the same side of the town the Norwood Research and Industrial Park opened, providing well over one hundred aces of prime industrial land for development. Norwood Hospital opened the first of two additions, one in the early sixties, which virtually doubled its capacity, the second in the early eighties on land ceded by the Civic Association. The town's decision to close a portion of Lenox Street allowed the Plimpton Press to expand its capacity for the production of books. On the western side of town, on the Walpole/Westwood line, the town's fourth Roman Catholic church, Saint Timothy's, opened on the shores of Willett Pond.
Mid-decade saw the completion of Route 95 on the extreme southern edge of town, providing a third route parallel to Routes 1 and 1A with access to the center of town by way of Nahatan Street. On the residential front, Windsor Gardens, sited on the Walpole border between 1A and the Franklin-to-Boston commuter rail line, provided approximately one thousand units of housing in an attractively landscaped setting with the substantial advantage of a commuter rail station on the property. As more and more Norwood residents have worked out of town, many in Boston, the economic ups and downs of local industry have had a less immediate effect on the town's economy; however, lay-offs and plants closings in distant towns, a matter of little local interest in the Nineteenth Century, when virtually all workers lived within walking distance of the factories in which they worked, now send their consequences over the miles of rail and superhighway to Norwood.
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