With the vast number of Chrysler and GM car dealerships closing, going out of business, or selling, this could be a great opportunity for local churches who are looking for a new building or expansion of existing facilities. While every case is different from a design point of view, in many cases, car dealerships have made excellent church buildings, and during this financial crisis, the prices might never be better. Here’s some things to consider before you investigate a local dealership. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on the issue:
Car dealerships are usually in high visibility locations with easy access.
Because off their car repair equipment, they have solid electrical power for your A/V, lighting, audio, and video equipment.
They have large areas to convert to a sanctuary – like the car showroom or the mechanical bays. Both have high ceilings.
They’re often modern, contemporary designs.
Because of the car display lot, parking is good.
There are usually staff offices already in place.
Most have large signs already in place that can be easily converted.
If it’s an old dealership, there may be environmental concerns from years of bad fluid disposal. Be sure and do an EPA evaluation.
Also, if it’s old, it may not look very attractive or have other shortcomings.
Depending on the architectural design, it may not work as a functioning church building.
There might be a need for classroom space.