Update: March 29, 2018
On Wednesday, March 29, at the Heights Libraries’ Lee Road branch, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District transferred the title for the Coventry PEACE Campus to Heights Libraries. Find out more.
On February 5, 2018, at a special public board meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees voted to authorize the library’s purchase of the Coventry PEACE Campus from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. The title will be transferred to the library on March 31. The library will pay one dollar for the six-acre property, which includes the former Coventry Elementary School, a playground, parking lot, and adjoining green space. Ohio Revised Code allows school districts to transfer property titles to libraries in their communities.
The Coventry PEACE Campus abuts the library’s two-acre property at the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, which includes its Coventry branch.
The CHUH School Board confirmed the sale at its February 20 meeting. Before purchasing the property, the library will perform its due diligence, conducting a title search, a land survey, and an environmental study.
Why did Heights Libraries take on the Coventry project?
- This is public land that should not be put into private hands. The western parcel was donated in 1917 by Grant Deming for “public, educational use.” The other portion, where the former Coventry school now sits, was later purchased by the school district.
- The property also provides the only free public parking for the library’s Coventry branch patrons.
- The decision preserves the park which is used widely by a wide variety of citizens. Many of these people also use the library.
- The Coventry Branch Library is a historic building in an historic district. The park is part of that district.
- The Library also hopes to be a tenant and use the building possibly as a classroom, meeting room space and a number of other ideas are brewing including some culinary programs.
How will the building maintenance be paid for?
- The tenants will all be paying rent, ultimately $3 a square foot. They will pay their utilities and create a reserve fund for any future repairs. The one tenant that has not been paying rent is relocating. Within two years the tenants will run the building on their own.
- The Library’s finance office has created a special fund to keep Coventry School expenses separate from Library expenses.
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