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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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KEY DATES

June 23, 2021

Virtual Public Meeting

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Public Meeting II: Fall 2021

Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Fall 2021-Summer 2022 – Design 
  • Winter 2021-2022 – Design public meeting 
  • Fall/Winter 2022 – Construction begins
  • Winter 2023/Spring 2024 – Construction ends
  • Spring/Summer 2024 – Campus is opened

Project Update #1 – 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.

Check back here for more information regarding the next steps in this process!