In Huntsville AL the powers that be have take a school building that started out as a High School then was a Middle School for several years. After that it was empty for a few years. Then with the emergence of Craft Brewing being a big happening, they have created it into a Craft brewing area with one or two good sized craft brewers, commons area and other things. Here's their link to show you what can be done. http://campus805.com/ Is you city doing anything along these lines? If not, maybe you could suggest it to the right people.