Final Douglas Ave Underpass design concepts to be unveiled at public open house
Be the first to see final design concepts on August 26
The WDDC was recently awarded a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund through the Wichita Community Foundation in order to derive design concepts that will revitalize the historic Douglas Avenue Underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. Final design concepts have been completed and will be shown at a public open house on August 26. Make plans to attend! view all >
Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The WDDC, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series will engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future. Speakers include Carol Coletta, James Chung and Brad Segal. All three keynotes are open to the public. view all >
Updated Residential Market Analysis
Downtown Wichita can absorb 1,750 new residential units in the next five to seven years.
Zimmerman/Volk Associates has recently completed a study of the residential market in Downtown Wichita. This study has shown that Downtown is seeing tremendous progress in the growth of our residential market and can continue to expand to 1,750 residential units in the next five to seven years.
Union Station
Developers announce $54 Million project
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings will soon be underway as new plans have been announced. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion projects for the Downtown Union Station campus. view all >
2013 State of Downtown Report
The WDDC is pleased to present the 2013 State of Downtown Report
The report provides economic data that documents the transformation of our City's center including an overview of Downtown investment as well as activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality and entertainment. WDDC initiatives, development project updates and Downtown demographic trends are presented in the document as well. This report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in real estate. view all >
River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
Recently approved by the Wichita City Council, the new development, River Vista, will be a 154-unit apartment project with a 20,000 SF two-story commercial building located on McLean Boulevard. Along with this development, the City has committed to make improvements to the river front and adjacent Delano Park. view all >
Old Town Farmers' Market
Old Town Farmers' Market supports local growers through a weekly event in Old Town.
Downtown is a place for community. The Old Town Farmers' Market, a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants from local ranches, dairies, farms and nurseries. The market is a vital part of the community and a wonderful way to experience Downtown. Old Town Farmer's Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday, May 3 through October 11, 2014, in the Old Town Farm & Art Market Square located at 1st and Mosley.
WATERWALK APARTMENTS
Currently under construction, the new WaterWalk Apartments will offer flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, will deliver flexible living choices with all bills paid, short leases, furnished or unfurnished one, two or three bedroom new apartments on the West bank of Arkansas River and adjacent to the Wichita Ice Center. view all >
New Mixed-use project in Old Town
New Project will transform former Grant-Billingly building in the heart of Old Town
Renovations are currently underway by Old Town developer Dave Burk at the three-story building at 143 N. Rock Island. This mixed-use project includes eight upscale apartments in the top two floors, as well as retail and office space in the ground level floor previously occupied by Suede bar.
Recently purchased warehouses provide opportunity for development
Plans announced for former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses
Craig Slawson, of Colorado-based Slawson Enegry, has purchased three buildings in the Commerce Street Arts District at 518-520 Commerce. Plans include renovating the warehouses into live/work spaces for artists and customizable commercial properties. view all >
Progress on Macy's Garage
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
The Wichita City Council recently approved a $9.68 million plan to renovate the former Macy's Garage at 212 S Market, which the City gained ownership of in November 2013. The repairs will stabilize the structure and will open all nine floors and 550 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
The LUX is now leasing!
MODERN. DOWNTOWN. LIVING.
The leasing has begun! The LUX is currently leasing spaces available for move in immediately. The LUX is the redevelopment of the Kansas Gas & Electric Building on First and Market Street. The project will be a mixed-use development offering office, residential and luxury terraces overlooking the City's skyline. view all >
Jeff Fluhr on St. Francis Street Revitalization
Jeff Fluhr, President of WDDC speaks on St. Francis Street revitalization. Since the conversion of the street from a one-way to a two-way, there have been an influx of public and private investments and new businesses. This success can be attributed to the vision outlined in Project Downtown.

Video courtesy of the Wichita Eagle. view story >

Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center
When is a building more than just a building? When it fosters collaboration. When it aids creativity. When it impacts the lives of Kansans. This video tells the story behind the concept, vision, design and completion of the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center, the first new construction along the core of Douglas Avenue in 38 years. view story >
Activate Wichita
Help improve Wichita. Activate Wichita is our online conversation about the future of the Greater Wichita metropolitan area. Add your ideas, support good ideas and share with friends! Sign up now and start contributing. view story >
The LUX "The Essential"
At 538 efficient and lavish square feet, The Essential is simplified living at The LUX, designed for a streamlined lifestyle with the amenities of luxury living. view story >
Aug 21
Carol Coletta will be the first speaker next week for Wichita’s Fuel the Fire series.
Aug 21
Marketing and branding agency Apples & Arrows is about to double its space.
Aug 19
Residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal for a tax increment financing district.
Aug 18
RSA Marketing Services is converting warehouse space on South Commerce Street.
Aug 16
Developer Gary Oborny has a $54 million plan for the redevelopment and expansion.
Aug 14
Wayne Chambers has continually emphasized the importance of community.
Aug 14
Gabe Juhnke and Rik Dubiel have been doing video production work under the Method Productions name for about eight years.
Aug 13
Sedgwick County commissioners voted 3-2 to buy the former IRS building.
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This three-day event in Wichita, KS showcases vendor pavilions, beer gardens and food courts, live concerts, Retail Zone, and much more! Whether you're a muscle car and hot rod enthusiast, the owner of a hardcore bike, or just interested in spending a few days in the sun enjoying live music and some of the tastiest fare in the Midwest – BlackTop Nationals has something for everyone. Three fulls days of events! View them all at blacktopnationals.com
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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Country music legend Mickey Gilley is coming to Wichita for one performance only at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. The show is sponsored by KWLS 107.9 FM Real American Country and its sponsors. Gilley is known as the Original Urban Cowboy – a name he earned from the success of the 1980 movie "Urban Cowboy" that was centered around his nightclub in Pasadena, Texas. Of his 39 hit songs, 17 went to No. 1 on the country charts. Gilley’s hits include "Room Full of Roses," "The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," “I Overlooked An Orchid," "City Lights," "She's Pulling Me Back Again," "True Love Ways," "Stand by Me," "That's All That Matters," and "A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)." In the early 1990s, Gilley officially became one of the first country stars to open a permanent theater in Branson, Mo. He currently performs three shows a week in the Mickey Gilley Branson Theatre.
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Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun!
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Teams will travel to five bars. At each bar, teams will be given four tickets valid for four pitchers of beer. Everyone is invited back to the after-party for music, beer, and more fun! Teams should have ten to twelve people, including the team captain. If you have more than ten people on your team, you will need to include an extra $20 for each additional person. The deadline to have your entries submitted is August 4, 2014 or whenever the maximum number of teams is reached. June 2, 2014—July 11, 2014: $400 entry fee ($40/person for a team of 10) July 12, 2014—August 4, 2014: $450 entry fee ($45/person for a team of 10) The entry fee includes t-shirts, beer for the Crawl, and admission to the after-party. There are special room rates available at the Courtyard by Marriott. Ask for the Crawl For Cancer rate: 800-321-2211 For list of participating bars, more information on teams and information for captains, visit crawlforcancer.org/wichita
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John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party” is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50′s era: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more. Reserved Ticket Pricing: $32.50 Orchestra, $27.50 Lower Balcony, $22.50 Upper Balcony
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Starting a business or expanding an existing one? Learn more about how to write up critical steps towards your business plan. We’ll cover developing your concept, performing market analysis, planning operations, creating a management team, performing financial projections, and more. Registration is requested; call 261-8507.
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This three-day event in Wichita, KS showcases vendor pavilions, beer gardens and food courts, live concerts, Retail Zone, and much more! Whether you're a muscle car and hot rod enthusiast, the owner of a hardcore bike, or just interested in spending a few days in the sun enjoying live music and some of the tastiest fare in the Midwest – BlackTop Nationals has something for everyone. Three fulls days of events! View them all at blacktopnationals.com
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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This three-day event in Wichita, KS showcases vendor pavilions, beer gardens and food courts, live concerts, Retail Zone, and much more! Whether you're a muscle car and hot rod enthusiast, the owner of a hardcore bike, or just interested in spending a few days in the sun enjoying live music and some of the tastiest fare in the Midwest – BlackTop Nationals has something for everyone. Three fulls days of events! View them all at blacktopnationals.com