I've been looking for a place to start a haunt and have come across a unique real estate opportunity and would appreciate your feedback.
13 years ago, the county built a new, shiny, modern incarceration facility on the outskirts of town. The old jail, which was built in the late 60's, has recently come on the market and is in our price range. It's a few blocks from downtown and is roughly 8500 square feet. It still has all the original cells, bars, visiting booths, and impenetrable metal doors. (With just the right amount of peeling paint and rust, I might add.) I've been inside and it was delightfully creepy in broad daylight.
At first blush, it seems like a great location. I mean, how often do you have the chance to buy a jail?! But I have some concerns. For one, the layout of the cell area (1/4 of the building) is pretty much set in stone: one way in, one path to follow once you're in, and one way out. We wouldn't have as many options for changing things up from year to year as we would in most environments. I also wonder if it would make getting the fire marshal's approval even more difficult. The whole building was designed to keep people IN and doesn't lend itself to convenient fire escapes.
So what are your thoughts on this? Is the novelty of having a haunted jail in an authentic jail worth the limitations that such a structure imposes? If you were considering buying it, what would your concerns be?