But- think about it, this abandoned lot would make a GREAT "Tiny House Village" for a variety of reasons....
-The space is available and in a more affordable area of the country (that is all relative, of course)
-Its already graded and traversable- you don't have to do much, or any, road or parking lot work, which can be exorbitantly expensive.
-You have the added attraction of STILL being able to screen films community style, or still run the theater as a business perhaps on select days.
-Easy access- the land is right off a fairly major paved road which leads right to the many amenities downtown.
-There is already a large central septic system that presumably could/can handle large crowds
-It resides in a town that could use the help, tax dollars, shop patrons, and PR boost.
Piedmont is known as a bit of an economically "tough" town, as many towns in the rural midwest are, but I found it to be very picturesque, the people were very friendly, and it had a few really decent restaurants and shops. I would go back to visit, and will. The lumber yard there was actually fantastic- another huge "plus", and a business that such a community would certainly give LOTS of new business to.
So, just an idea, and just a post in hopes that someone MIGHT see an idea like this and run with it.