Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus – the heART of collaboration.
Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus in Cleveland Heights is a unique arts, education, recreation and community service hub that is home to the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park & Playground and a diverse array of nonprofit organizations: Ensemble Theater, Lake Erie Ink, Family Connections, FutureHeights, Reaching Heights, ARTFUL, and Cleveland Heights – University Heights Teachers’ Union. These groups are housed in the former Coventry School building, which was part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. Since 2018, the building and six-acre property have been owned and managed by Heights Libraries, whose Coventry branch is also part of the campus.
Coventry PEACE, Inc. provides a sustainable, supportive and collaborative facility for organizations that offer artistic and educational opportunities and community services for residents of the Heights and Greater Cleveland.
On July 9th, our landlord, Heights Library, issued a press release that was featured, at least in part, in an article that ran on patch.com. The following was the statement that the Coventry P.E.A.C.E., Inc. board responded with. In more recent developments, the Heights Library has invited us to make up to a 5 minute comment during the public comment portion of their upcoming virtual board meeting on July 20 at 6:30 pm. Contact us directly if you’d like to also like to address the Library board yourself (we are working on a list of helpful questions you can ask), or click on the link below to join our email list and stay updated on these developments, as well as any upcoming events and programming at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Building.
We are shocked and blindsided by the press release the Library sent out today. We’ve been negotiating in good faith while trying to survive a pandemic that has effectively shut us down for the foreseeable future. We’ve been frustrated by the negotiations at times, but we kept it to ourselves in the interests of achieving what we thought was a shared goal and viable partnership. As recently as May 25, the Library spokesperson stated, “We continue to work toward a day when the Board of Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus can execute a lease with us, but we realize it may have to be postponed due to the new financial pressures on the tenants.” But today’s statement, which badly mischaracterizes the situation and ends with the possibility of just tearing down the building, is very disappointing. We will continue to do our part to keep the lines of communication open and remain hopeful we can sit down to find a reasonable solution.
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