Con artist Terence McPhaul, who somehow has kidnapped the brand of a once beloved service provider for gay Atlanta youth, has found a new place to continue his scheming. At least until he gets evicted again.
The embattled and now self-appointed executive director of YouthPride put on a Santa hat and trench coat to sing a holiday carol to tease that his group found a new place to call home. (Watch below) But he wouldn't say where. That was Saturday. On Wednesday, he announced the location and urged supporters to attend the grand unveiling during Mingle & Jingle on Thursday.
McPhaul (top photo) then offered up a photo of the group's apparent new home on Broad Street in downtown Atlanta (below). It appears to be a loft space with bright colors and lots of natural light near the Five Points MARTA Station.
A description on a real estate website offered some additional details:
High visibility ground floor space in the Kessler CityLofts Building in the heart of the city.
Corner exposure on Broad St. and MLK, Jr. Dr. This 2,868 square foot space is part of 4 commercial condos totally 12,802 square feet which could be purchased together or separately or in any combination. This unit is the only one that is currently vacant. The other 3 have good solid tenants. Please inquire.
Adjacent to Fulton County Government Center; near Federal Office Buildings, and Five-Points MARTA Station.
"Solid tenants." That could be problematic for McPhaul. Under his leadership, the group was evicted from its Washington Place home this summer. That's where McPhaul moved the group after it was evicted from its prior home at Inman Park United Methodist Church. It's not clear why McPhaul didn't just move the group to one of the offices he says he has in New York, Nice, Zurich, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.
Under his leadership, YouthPride has been in a downward spiral of evictions, legal problems, non-existent board members and dried up grants for a few years. The GA Voice has painstakingly documented it all:
In July, YouthPride was again evicted for non-payment of rent and in August the Fulton County government began legal proceedings to have YouthPride repay nearly $19,000 of a $40,000 grant for not fulfilling the requirements of the grant.
Also in August, the federal Americorps VISTA program dropped YouthPride as one of its beneficiary programs due to "lack of leadership" because, among other thing, the organization has failed to fill a complete 5-member board of directors as required by its bylaws.
The Americorps VISTA program also questioned if YouthPride provided HIV testing as it stated on its website and wondered about the counseling services actually provided.