August 3, 2010
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH
Feasibility Study Revealed that Campaign Goal Would Be Difficult to Meet
The Cleveland Music School Settlement (dba The Music Settlement) and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announce that The Music Settlement’s plans to convert the former Coventry Elementary School (2843 Washington Blvd.) into a state-of-the art early childhood learning center will not move forward. Upon reaching an agreement in principle to purchase the property, The Music Settlement engaged in a comprehensive feasibility study to determine the level of interest and financial support the project would garner. Results from the study indicate that the campaign goal of $16-$19 million would be difficult to achieve.
“The Music Settlement’s board and administration are, of course, disappointed about the results of the study, but after careful consideration we believe moving forward with our original plans in such an uncertain economy would be detrimental,” said Charles D. Lawrence, President and CEO. “We recognize the wonderful potential that the site offers and would like to emphasize that this decision does not diminish our commitment to provide music programming to the school district and its many children. We are grateful for the time and energy that many community members of Cleveland Heights devoted during this process.”
The two parties are currently exploring other options at the site, including the possibility of leasing part of the space that would house some of The Music Settlement’s music-based education programs.
“We’re obviously very disappointed by this turn of events,” Douglas Heuer, Superintendent of the Cleveland Heights–University Heights Schools said. “The Music Settlement has been a great partner and it’s clear they’ve done everything right during this process, but the current state of the economy makes any ambitious plan especially challenging. We look forward to continuing to partner with The Music Settlement where possible, and we will focus on ensuring the best use for this property. I know that our residents will be frustrated by this as well. They deserve a reuse for Coventry and Milliken that strengthens our community and we are committed to providing that.”