i am exploring the possibility of converting my building into a for rent by the day,hour, or week
lucy's sweet surrender
I think Cleveland needs something like this and I have heard talk about an idea as such. However, that price is indeed discouraging for a place like Cleveland, OH. You can check out what churches typically price for their kitchens. The numbers I got after doing research was between $40 and $100/hour which is considered pricey. Nobody is investing in local kitchens anymore because there is barely any flexibility. Personally, producing my falafel dough would involve zero heat. So, I would only need running water to clean my vegetables. The case would be consistent for those working on projects like granola.
The unfortuante thing is that most places (including churches) do not recognize a difference between granola-making and catering....which is probably why their kitchens are not being used by anyone. Their philosophy is that whether one uses the oven or not, the opportunity is there and someone else could be using the oven at that time, which would make the facility more money for usage.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact me. In the meantime, my advice would be to compile numbers of what local facilities are charging. Many kitchens only rent their facilities to people they know, so pretty much anyone would be able to provide you with figures.