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Thread: Would you buy this place?

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    Here's my best recollection of the interior layout. (We initially ruled this out property out and are now reconsidering, so it's actually been several months since I've been inside.)

    Some Notes:
    *The exterior dimensions of the building (in black) are exact measurements. Everything else is an approximation.
    *The thick red lines denote sliding, 2 inch thick, metal doors.
    *The hallway in front of the cells is divided in two by a second set of bars, so that inmates couldn't reach anyone standing on the exterior side.

    jail sketch.jpg
     

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    Well that kinda changes a lot of things.

    1) Hows your parking situation?
    2) Do you have room for an outdoor queue line?
    3) Just my input, utilize the main floor for the entire haunt (you'll need it!) and use the basement for actor prep, especially since you have an out of site access door there. Knock down the offices and turn that into your real maze.
    4) Any way with real construction equipment you could knock down the dividing walls between the cells so you could create SOME sort of zigging pattern, cause right now it looks like a straight walkthrough....not scary and groups will see EVERYTHING happening to the group(s) infront of them.
     

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    Parking: Parking is not ideal but there may be manageable solution. There are two lots at the end of the block, one on each side of the road. It's a distance of about 200 feet. Neither business operates in the evenings or weekends, so I would try to make arrangements with them to use their lots.

    Queue: I'd need to talk to the realtor and find out if the pavement you see on the north side of the building is an alleyway or a private drive. The property lines appear to encompass it, in which case there would be plenty of room for a weaving line in the front of the building. If it's an alley, I'd have two options 1) use the main entrance and wrap the line around the corner to the the west side of the building or 2) Use one of the entrances on the west side instead of the "main" entrance. Unfortunately, either of those options means that the basement door is not longer an out-of-sight actor entrance. I would want to try to use the main entrance, because its more visually interesting and the foyer area inside is more logically suited for greeting patrons and sending them into the rest of the jail.

    Office: I had planned on knocking down the office walls and building a maze through there. I was also thinking that I could utilize the outdoor space on the east side of the offices by putting tall chain link fencing with (faux) razor wire around the perimeter. Could be a great place for some "guard dogs" in case they get to close to the outer fence.

    Basement: I'd hate to give up the entire basement, but you're right about it being a good place for actor prep.

    Knocking down walls: I agree that there would have to be SOMETHING done to break up all of the straight lines and separate the groups. Having guest crawl through holes in the walls from one cell to another would certainly do that. It would add to the disorientation factor too.
    Last edited by HobzGoblin; 10-31-2013 at 12:48 AM.
     

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    Sounds like a good plan, just keep on the research and stay on everyone's good side and remember one or two crawls to get between scenes is okay but crawling too much is just annoying and sometimes a complaint or twenty appear on reviewing sites/your Facebook as many people find it more annoying than scary. My partner refuses to do crawls in any haunt (he's getting old lol but still) and we don't have any crawls in our attraction, disorientation can come in the form of good effects and prop placement. An endless hallway out f a jail cell would be AWESOME!
     

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    #15
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    Heading to the jail tomorrow with the realtor and my father-in-law/ business partner to take another look. Haven't made a decision yet, but starting to get excited about the possibilities. Thanks for the feed back.

    (And I'll DEFINITELY remember to take pictures and measurements this time!)
     

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