Welcome to Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus.
The Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus consists of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park & Playground and former Coventry School building. Both are owned by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District.
In May 2017, the school district suddenly announced plans to sell the building to the city of Cleveland Heights for redevelopment, and put all the current tenants on month-to-month leases. Those tenants — nonprofit arts and community organizations, a school and a childcare center — have proposed redeveloping the site as a permanent home for arts and services. With its proximity to the popular playground, the Coventry branch of the Heights Library, and Coventry Road commercial district, the site is unique in Northeast Ohio and ideal for innovative, community-focused development.
In June, the tenants and many supportive neighbors asked the City for new, one-year leases. The tenants were recently told that the City will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating the tenants will not have to vacate the property until June 30, 2018. This is a first step, to ensure that these organizations can plan thoroughly for their futures, while also maintaining current programming. The tenants will also use that time to plan a future that benefits the entire city.
With the help of volunteers with expertise in architecture, city planning and marketing, Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus stakeholders are researching the viability of developing the site as an arts, culture and education center that will enhance the reputation of Cleveland Heights as “Home To The Arts.”
The tenants encourage all residents to make their voices heard as these plans move forward. Contact city officials, follow P.E.A.C.E. Campus on social media, and share information with your friends and neighbors.