Fran Ryan Center

Welcome to the Fran Ryan Center!

The Fran Ryan Center will be centrally located in Olde Towne East, and will provide creative programming and wellness activities for the community. In addition to housing many of the popular programs from the Martin Janis Community Senior Center and Golden Hobby Gift Shop, there is an opportunity to offer new programs and amenities in this space. Your feedback has helped shape what programs and amenities will be included within the building and on the surrounding greenspace.

The site will also feature a park for area residents to enjoy.

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
  • Late 2024 – Construction Ends
  • Early 2025 – Campus Opens

Key Dates

Dec. 13, 2023: Topping-Out Ceremony

Ms. Ryan was joined by City and department leaders and the project team for a Topping-Out Ceremony to celebrate the placement of the final steel beam of the building.

August 2023: Construction 

Construction on the new center began.

January-February 2023: Demolition and Site Preparation

The old Douglas School Building was demolished in preparation for construction.

Demolition Begins on Douglas Elementary School Site, Columbus Underground, Jan. 27, 2023

Oct. 21, 2022: Groundbreaking and Naming Ceremony

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that the Broad Street Arts and Senior Campus will be named The Fran Ryan Center. The new building’s designation honors former councilmember Fran Ryan, a City of Columbus Hall of Fame member and champion for Columbus’ older adult community. Learn more about Fran Ryan’s commitment to the Columbus community.

Aug. 18, 2022: Public Information Meeting

Review the presentation and video from the meeting:

June 23, 2021: Public Meeting

Watch the video replay:

Project Updates

September 2021

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.

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