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.
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 >
Revitalizing the Douglas Avenue Underpass
The second public input meeting on the future of the Underpass provided great feedback.
The WDDC was recently awarded a grant from the Knight Foundation 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. Both the first and second public input meetings garnered great ideas and perspectives. Have your voice heard by attending the third public input meeting coming up in August at the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. view all >
Corner 365
Garvey Center owner, Builders, Inc., will be constructing 36 new modern apartments in Downtown
Corner 365 is a brand new development project in Downtown at First and Waco just North of the Garvey Center. This new residential project will have 36 one and two bedroom units. Construction is moving along quickly and is set to be completed by the end of 2013. Pre leasing is set to begin soon. 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 >
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY conceptualizes CITY OWNED CATALYST SITES
K-State illustrates nine visionary urban site plans that build upon the long-range urban framework proposed in the Wichita Downtown Master Plan, Project Downtown.
Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from local design firms, the WDDC was able to sponsor an urban design studio class from Kansas State University for the Spring Semester 2013. 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 >
July 17
A consultant hired more than four years ago to research the downtown housing market has updated her original report.
July 17
Downtown planners knew five years ago that the market would be strong for housing.
July 11
Local restaurants will be featured on national television.
July 11
A new retailer attached to the parking garage.
June 27
The mezzanine at the Market Centre at First and Market is once again going to be home to a restaurant.
June 25
Warren Tandoc first spotted it a couple of years ago.
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Music Theatre Wichita presents Catch Me If You Can! Frank Abagnale Jr., con man extraordinaire, successfully passed himself off as a Pan Am pilot, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, and cashed more than $2.5 million in bad checks, all before he turned 21. After crossing over to the right side of the law, he wrote a best-selling autobiography which became a smash hit motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. And now, in this brand new Broadway musical, Frank Abagnale’s story becomes a unique theatrical event, filled with terrifically tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who gave us Hairspray and Smash.
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This local Fashion show is to help Women and Children who have been effected by domestic violence. Tickets $15 for Adults and $10 for kids 6 and younger. Fashion show is to benefit StepStone of Wichita. There will be a silent auction. Learn more about StepStone at http://dearneighbor.org/stepstone/mission-statement
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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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Join the fun at Live at 215 as Loony Bin presents T-Rexx! Show starts at 8pm, seating 1 hour prior to show. For almost 2 decades, Todd Rexx aka T-Rexx has been a natural who quickly wins over any audience with his cunning wit, over the top impressions and brilliant crowd interaction. His on stage antics, accompanied by his twisted imagination, create a comedic concoction that captivates audiences, literally leaving them rolling in the aisles, crying for more. If you're in the market for a new generation comedian, then look no further and make this weekend one that you will never forget. Todd is a true disciple of crossover comedy, who applies his sheer talent and genius to create an off center style of comedy comprised of a mixed bag of personal experience, everyday observations and hypothetical situations to connect with any audience.
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As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Qline trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.
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You are invited to enter Gallery XII's Annual Crazy 8's small works show! The show opens on Final Friday, July 25th and is a fun exhibition featuring square works. This "square" show welcomes art sized 8" x 8" and 12" x 12". The first 75 pieces will be accepted, so submit your entry form to hold your spot! The show is not juried for entry, but will be juried for excellence by Wichita art historian and appraiser, Stephen Gleissner.
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Music Theatre Wichita presents Catch Me If You Can! Frank Abagnale Jr., con man extraordinaire, successfully passed himself off as a Pan Am pilot, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, and cashed more than $2.5 million in bad checks, all before he turned 21. After crossing over to the right side of the law, he wrote a best-selling autobiography which became a smash hit motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. And now, in this brand new Broadway musical, Frank Abagnale’s story becomes a unique theatrical event, filled with terrifically tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who gave us Hairspray and Smash.
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Join the Arts Council for a weekend full of activities on July 25-26 to celebrate CityArts’ 10th birthday in Old Town Square! The “CityArts Xtravaganza” will include free activities for the general public on Friday night and a gala on Saturday evening. Wish CityArts a happy birthday from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 25. Activities, which are free and open to the public, include: birthday cake, the 6th Annual Sculpture WalkAbout unveiling, art-themed scavenger hunt around Old Town and art demonstrations throughout CityArts. The CityArts Xtravaganza Gala will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, treating guests to “Taste of Downtown” food stations, wine in keepsake glasses, silent and live auctions and art demonstrations throughout CityArts. The focus of the evening will be the CityArts scholarship fund administered through the Arts Council. A limited number of gala tickets are currently on sale for $50 each. They may be purchased online at WichitaTIX.com or at the door. Proceeds will support CityArts art class scholarships. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead.
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For six consecutive Friday nights, starting July 11th, WaterWalk will host the KEYN Summer Concert Series. This Wichita summer tradition moved to WaterWalk in 2011 with resounding success as people enjoy beautiful Kansas nights in the WaterWalk Commons and dance to live music from area bands. July 11 - 3 Ring Circus July 18 - King Midas- Bike Night! July 25 - Crosstown Traffic August 1 - Lucky People August 8 - The Funtones August 15 - Across The Pond, Rockin' Horse, & Carson Mac Food and drinks available for purchase. FREE parking in covered parking garage. Bring the family, your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening. Doors open at 6:30. Food sales and pre-concert entertainment begin at 7:00. Band takes the stage at 8:00.
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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