What is Urban Place?

Urban Place is a hip 300,000 square foot community made for living, learning, shopping, working and dining. Built on the shoulders of industrial giants who helped build Lancaster City, Urban Place starts a new chapter in the life of historic downtown Lancaster.


Local cork manufacturers began construction at 480 New Holland Avenue in 1865. Armstrong Cork Company took control of the cork manufacturing plant in the early 1900's and later became known as Armstrong World Industries. The cork factory expanded throughout Armstrong's ownership, and several of the buildings were designed by Lancaster's legendary architect, C. Emlen Urban.

In 1965, the cork factory was sold to Kerr Glass Company, which manufactured steel bottle caps and glass and plastic products until early 2002. While manufacturing ceased, Kerr Glass's corporate offices remained onsite until 2004.

Urban Place, LP, seeing the historical and architectural value of the complex, purchased the eight acre abandoned factory in December, 2004. The complex was renamed to Urban Place and rezoned from central manufacturing to mixed use.

Urban Place, LP later subdivided the site and sold the Kerr Glass's corporate office building to Shirk & Sons. Ray Shirk of Shirk & Sons moved his insurance company, Securus Group, into Urban Place in Fall 2006.

Since purchasing the site, Urban Place, LP continues to revive the historic factory and prepare for tenancy.

The Developers

Urban Place, LP is a family partnership, which includes Barry and Linda Baldwin and their three children. As the president of B.J. Baldwin Electric, Inc., an electrical and mechanical contractor serving Central Pennsylvania, Barry Baldwin has decades of experience in the construction industry. Barry Baldwin formed the business solely in 1973 and has since acquired Lancaster Electric, Williamsport Electric, Miller Electric, and B.J. Baldwin Electric in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, together employing over 400 employees.

The Baldwin Family owns and manages residential and commercial properties within Lancaster, Chester and Berks counties. Their most recent real estate renovation project was Wheatland Place located in downtown Lancaster at 941 Wheatland Avenue. Originally the home of Hamilton Watch's research and development center, the Baldwin's converted the 66,000 square foot building into Class A office space available for lease.

The Baldwin Family's knowledge in the construction fields and experience in real estate fields allow them to tackle a project of Urban Place's magnitude. They take pride in their properties and look forward to serving the future tenants of Urban Place.

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