Library seeks public's input on Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus
Heights Libraries is surveying the community to gather public input about the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus. The short survey covers topics that include safety, sustainability, parking, the playground, and possible improvements to the park. It also encourages community members to write in their own ideas with a variety of open-ended questions. Survey results will be published in the fall.
The survey is available online, at www.heightslibrary.org/coventry-peace-campus-project, and on paper at Heights Libraries’ Coventry Village branch, at 1925 Coventry Road.
“The P.E.A.C.E. Campus is a community resource,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin, “so it’s crucial that we hear the community’s opinions and ideas about it before any decisions are made about its future.”
Heights Libraries recently formed a committee to plan the programming, facilities and future uses of the park. The committee—comprising representatives from the city, the former Coventry School building’s tenants, P.E.A.C.E. Park representatives, citizens, and library representatives—will be involved in creating a master plan and fundraising for park improvements.
Earlier this summer, building tenants signed leases with a base rent of $3.50 per square foot, and additional fees for shared amenities such as Wi-Fi and security systems. They have agreed to fund a reserve for the maintenance of and repairs to the building. Heights Libraries reports on the expenses and revenues associated with the building every month at its regular board meetings.
Heights Libraries took over the operations of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus—the former Coventry School building and the nearly six acres of land surrounding it—in April 2018 by purchasing the property from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District for $1.
Heights Libraries purchased the property for several reasons:
- to secure the continuing use of the parking lot, an amenity totally missing from the Coventry Village Library Branch adjacent to the property;
- to allow the tenants who represent nonprofits and arts organizations two years to organize themselves and operate the building as the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Cooperative;
- to ensure the continuity of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park as a community asset that is open to all.
Sheryl Banks is the communications manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.