Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus members seek open dialogue with school district and city
FutureHeights is one of six Coventry Building tenants that has joined with the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park organization to form Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus (People Enhancing A Community’s Environment) when the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announced on May 10 that it would pursue the sale of the Coventry School site. On Sept. 11, Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus presented a proposal to Cleveland Heights City Council during its Committee of the Whole meeting. Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus presented its vision of the to the community on Sept. 27. (You can watch video of the entire meeting, or brief cuts on specific topics, at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus Youtube channel).
At the Oct. 2 CH City Council meeting, some council members expressed support for meetings between Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus and the city’s professional staff to discuss the proposal in more detail, and a first meeting, at which city staff said that the CH-UH BOE expected the city to move forward with an RFQ/RFP process, occurred about a week later.
Offers to present the vision to the CH-UH BOE were declined, but the CH-UH BOE discussed the Coventry building at its Nov. 6 meeting (video; the relevant portion begins at 1:13:00). Leases, rents and costs were discussed. Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, and several of its member organizations, sent statements to the CH-UH BOE in response. You can read Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus’s statement here and the FutureHeights statement here.
As a tenant of the Coventry Building, member of Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, 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 will work to keep the community informed as the situation develops.