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Coventry Building site, home to FutureHeights, up for redevelopment

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announced on May 10 that it will pursue the sale of the Coventry School site. On May 22, the district announced that it will sell the property to the city of Cleveland Heights, once the city identifies a viable developer. On June 19, in response to requests from Coventry Building tenants and residents, Cleveland Heights City Council decided to delay the issuance of a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal (RFQ/RFP) for the Coventry School site until a public hearing is held. At its Council Committee of the Whole meeting held immediately prior to the June 19 City Council meeting, CH City Council decided to remove from that evening’s council meeting agenda a request from the city manager to receive proposals for the redevelopment of the Coventry School site.

Formerly Coventry Elementary School, which the district closed in 2006, the property is now home to various organizations, the majority of which are not-for-profit. Tenants include Ensemble Theatre, Family Connections, Lake Erie Ink, Artful Cleveland, Reaching Heights, FutureHeights, Urban Oak School, and Coventry Children’s Center. The former school playground, now known as Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park, also occupies the site, and numerous community events, including Coventry Village Special Improvement District’s summer movie series, take place there.

As a tenant of the Coventry Building and a community development corporation, FutureHeights is deeply concerned about the future of the site and will work to ensure that its future use is a win-win for the neighborhood and the city as a whole. We thank the city for slowing down the process so that community voices can be heard and for agreeing to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding so that we and other Coventry tenants can occupy the building until June 30, 2018, and we will work to keep the community informed as the situation develops through articles in the Heights Observer.

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