125,000 square foot mixed-use development
13-acre development includes:
The Inn at Franciscan Square, a Best Western Plus Hotel
Rubi’s Pizza and Grille
Built on what was once referred to as “the Green Strip,” Franciscan Square replaced several abandoned and dilapidated buildings, improving visitors’ first impression of the city and laying the foundation for further growth in Steubenville and surrounding communities.
After years of planning, construction on Franciscan Square began in May 2015. A new Best Western Plus hotel (Inn at Franciscan Square) fueled the development. Construction of the hotel was completed in October 2016.
In addition to the hotel, and with the help and cooperation of the city and school board officials, Franciscan Square also features a public space containing several restaurants and retail space.
Plans are being explored to expand the existing project with multi-use event center and office space.
Severe grades and unstable soil conditions required creative civil and architectural design
Aggressive construction deadline required to accommodate university-sponsored events and student housing requirements
Identified local and broader economic impacts
Solidified the university as the project’s sponsor
Advisory and consulting role during strategic planning phase
Retained by university as Phase 1 fee developer
Approximately 20-30,000 square feet of office space and a multi-use event center
Tenants – tbd
Opening date – tbd