I've been trying to figure out the purpose of the new (bland, commercial style) building that the GB is pushing. It is not a design that attracts attention, nor does it offer a lot in future resale value. It will be more difficult to build than the wood residential style buildings, meaning they can't use their cheap unskilled labor force for a lot of the work. So why do it?
It occurs to me that KH's are not used for large chunks of the work week. Why not rent the space when there's no JW's in it? Lots of companies are always looking for mid-size conference type rooms that they can rent for retreats, training sessions, team building and the like. Lots of 12 step programs rent space in churches. MLM's could use them for sleazy sales pitches (OK, they're already used for that, why not make money at it?).
How, you ask, do they companies explain the fact that they're meeting in a KH? Easy, they point out that its cheap and available. Even use of two or three afternoons a week could yield a thousand dollars a month, which of course will have to go back to HQ.
I think it could be a money maker.