A church at 569 Ezzard Street in the Old Fourth Ward was selected as a suitable space for the theatre. The property sits on 1.22 acres, includes more than 90 parking spots, and has already been rezoned with community support. The congregation currently occupying the space will have use of the church for another year.
Dad’s Garage tentatively plans to perform in the new location by mid 2016. A new sound system, concessions area, and elevated seating will be added to the space.
Last year, Dad’s Garage undertook its largest fundraising campaign ever to purchase the property, which cost just over $2 million. Since August, more than $690,000 has been pledged to purchase the space, including $169,000 from a Kickstarter campaign (the largest live theatre campaign in Kickstarter history), which more than a thousand fans contributed to.
Members of the Atlanta funding community stepped up to keep the company in the area, including an anonymous donor, who contributed the single largest cash gift in the history of the organization. The board of directors stepped up to cover over 5% of the purchase price. A bank loan was secured to cover the remaining costs, including limited renovations to the property. Pollack Commercial served as the real estate broker during this multi-year process.
In 2013, the original Dad’s Garage space in Inman Park was slated for redevelopment, and since then the company has been performing out of 7 Stages in Little Five Points.