The Vision

The goal for Franciscan Square is a complete mixed-use development that provides hospitality, recreation, and refreshment for local community members, guests, and college students alike. As of spring 2024, seven acres remain for future development. These development opportunities include the potential for construction of multi-use buildings including office and retail space and multifamily housing.

Why Franciscan Square?

Franciscan University Growth

As Franciscan Square has grown since its first construction in 2015, so has Franciscan University. The University has experienced ongoing record enrollment growth. So much so, that since the early 2000s, it has acquired several hotel properties along University Boulevard and converted them into student residence halls.

Now, nearly 500 students live on lower campus with updated amenities, daily shuttle service, and new outdoor recreation facilities. These expanded campus facilities have brought a proximity and connection to Franciscan Square and made the Square more integral to student life.

A Steubenville Renaissance

Steubenville itself is experiencing a renaissance. A steady stream of families are relocating here and many Franciscan University graduates remain here to raise their children in an atmosphere aligned with their values.

Many community members are invested in making the town a better place to live, creating the First Fridays on Fourth street festivals and the Nutcracker Village, for which NBC named Steubenville one of the Merriest Main Streets in the country.


Do you want to discuss opportunities for development at Franciscan Square? Contact Phil Rook, director of Real Estate Development, at 740-284-5853 or [email protected].


Franciscan Square Map

Franciscan University

  • Almost 3,000 Students and Faculty on Campus
  • Roman Catholic University named one of America’s “Best Value" among private universities by Kipplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
  • Designated in the top 10% nationally for graduation and retention rates by U.S. News & World Report
  • 17 NCAA Division III Athletic Teams
  • Top 4% of all Colleges and Universities for the Number of Students Who Study Abroad