The City of Columbus is developing a new Creative Campus in Olde Towne East, which will provide creative programming and wellness activities for all community members. 

In addition to housing many of the popular programs from the Martin Janis Community Senior Center and Golden Hobby Shop, there is an opportunity to offer new programs and amenities in this space. Your feedback will help shape what programs and amenities will be included within the building and on the surrounding greenspace.

Check back for updates as this exciting new project takes shape.

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Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Fall 2021-Fall/Winter 2022 – Design
  • August 2022 – Design Public Meeting
  • Spring/Summer 2023 – Construction Begins
  • Summer/Fall 2024 – Construction Ends
  • Fall 2024 – Campus Opens

Key Dates

June 23, 2021
Virtual Public Meeting – Watch the Video Replay

Aug. 18, 2022
Public Information Meeting
11 a.m. at Thompson Community Center

Project Updates

August 2022

Interested in learning more about proposed plans for the Broad Street Arts & Senior Center (formerly known as the Creative Campus)? Attend a public information meeting Aug. 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Thompson Community Center to learn more about the project’s status. If you’re not able to attend, a recorded version of the presentation will be posted on the website.

September 2021

Recently, the City of Columbus purchased a 3.9 acre site from Columbus City Schools. Located at 51 S. Douglas Street in Olde Towne East, you may know this space as the former Douglas School building. The site will be the new home for a creative campus that will include a new building and park. The site will house the Golden Hobby Gift Shop as well as the maker and wellness spaces of the Martin Janis Senior Arts Program. The new site is located just off a current COTA bus line (Broad St.)

After a thorough review, we have determined that the existing building is not able to be re-used and the existing building will be razed to make room for the new building and park. Before the building is razed, Columbus Fire Department will conduct training exercises the last two weeks in September. This is a great opportunity for Columbus Fire to gain invaluable training experience. Columbus Fire often conducts training exercises such as this, and there is no risk to the community.