buys lumber yard
Bob Baldwin recently purchased the buildings that once housed the Erb
Lumber company, and is considering using the space for a business incubator.
On Dec. 31, Baldwin closed on the sale. According to the Greene County
Auditors Web site, Baldwin purchased the property for $94,100.
The property includes three buildings, a 12,000-square-foot main building,
a 2,200-square-foot concrete block building and a two-car garage.
Baldwin said he was attracted by the buildings location, size and
space. Aside from needing roofing repairs, the buildings are in good shape,
The buildings, located at 108 Cliff Street near the bikepath, housed a
local lumber business for more than 60 years. Most recently named Stock
Building Company, the business formerly was known as Erb Lumber, PK Lumber
and the Yellow Springs Lumber Company.
Baldwin purchased the buildings from the Edgewood Company, a Detroit realty
firm that had bought them from PK Lumber.
The buildings had been empty since last August, when the Stock Building
Company closed its Yellow Springs location and moved its operations to
another store in Springfield.
Although he has no firm plans at this time for the space, Baldwin said
that he is considering dividing it up into work spaces and
offering it as a site for small businesses. He said that he considers
the MillWorks business facility on Walnut Street a model for this possible
use of the buildings.
Ill let people know whats available and see if I can
adapt what I have to what I need, Baldwin said.
However, he said, no plans are final yet and hes also considering
using the space as storage rentals. Baldwin said he wont start the
project before spring.
A lifelong Yellow Springs resident, Baldwin owns more than 15 commercial
and residential properties in town, including several downtown buildings
and the former bowling alley on the south end of the village.