wow! have him come and negotiate something for me please!!!!
Actually I did the negotiating for the space for the dojo I used to train at (still all buds here), and did work out something pretty nice there with lower rent at the beginning and increasing over time. Unfortunately the community that I am in is not very negotiable even though the occupancy rate has declined (it has to do with the illusion of what you can rent something for versus actually renting it for less-affects the market value), so that would not be much of a starter here. Bummer though, what a great idea!
Philip, is any of this helping you with your ideas of starting a dojo?