The Flats 324 Expansion
72 new residential units are under construction at the corner of 3rd and St. Francis in Downtown Wichita
As demand for Downtown living increases, and the St. Francis Street corridor continues to see progress, developers have invested in an expansion of the existing Flats 324 residential property. This new $7 million ground-up development will expand east on an empty parking lot adjacent to the existing building. Key Construction is the general contractor for the project and Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect. view all >
Union Station: A Key Redevelopment project in Downtown Wichita
$54 Million renovation planned for historic Downtown property
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. This project will be key in enhancing walkability between INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town. view all >
The Douglas
The Douglas project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Douglas, formerly known as Exchange Place, project will revitalize two empty, deteriorating buildings - the pink marbled Exchange Building and the white brick Bitting Building on the northeast and northwest corners of Douglas and Market. The project includes 240 residential units on Douglas Avenue, along with commercial and retail space on the ground floor. In addition, the project will incorporate a new 273-space parking garage with ground floor retail, residential and commercial space in the adjacent non-developed Douglas Avenue frontage. The new infill development will replace the existing Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
Progress is Underway at 520Commerce
Project renovations have begun at the former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses in the Commerce Arts District in Downtown Wichita
Epoch Developments, LLC has begun renovations on a set of buildings at 518-520 S. Commerce in Downtown Wichita. The newly named 520Commerce is a mixed-use property in the Commerce Arts District will include 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. view all >
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
Seventy new residential units coming to Central and Waco in Downtown
Seventy new apartment units are under construction at Central and Waco. The new property will build on the continued success of the Downtown residential market. With close proximity to the major employers in Downtown and nearby Riverside Park and Arkansas River bike paths, the new loft apartments will offer an additional urban alternative for the community. Resident amenities will include a tenant clubhouse with a lounge gathering space with flat screen TVs, a bike share program for residents to enjoy nearby bike paths and Riverside Park and more. view all >
Progress on Parking at Market & William
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
In 2014 Wichita City Council 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. Recent repairs have stabilized the structure and will open all nine floors and 434 spaces of the garage once signage and final touches are complete. The rehabilitated and bright garage will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
New Advanced Learning Library
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Advanced Learning Library was recently approved and will be constructed on the southwest corner of Second and McLean across from Exploration Place. The plans for the project include a multitude of flexible community meeting spaces that can function independently or together along with a large meeting room that will have seating for up to 300 people. Technology will include over 100 computers and charging stations, which will be available for public use. Groundbreaking on the new site could be as early as this summer. view all >
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress Video
Celebrating catalytic progress in 2015 and beyond
This is a dynamic era in the development of Downtown Wichita. The implementation strategies identified in Project Downtown are providing the framework to develop a nationally recognized Downtown and region. In 2015, $180 million of development was initiated along Downtown's postcard avenue, Douglas Avenue. Last year, residential project announcements set the stage to double the core's resident population. With these key developments, and many more, the Downtown envisioned in Project Downtown is becoming a reality. Looking forward, there is increased local, regional and national interest in the transformation in Downtown and how Wichita approaches regional development. view all >
COrTen at 100 S. Market
Transformation on the southeast corner of Douglas and Market is now complete
The former Merrill Lynch Building at Douglas and Market has undergone a major interior and exterior transformation in Downtown Wichita! The newly named COrTen building has flexible leases in order to adapt to the needs of growing companies. The building now features a shared conference room, coffee bar and workout center. Its first tenant, Cassandra Bryan Design has moved in and is occupying the majority of the first floor.
River Vista
A new residential development project for Project Downtown's Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River
River Vista, a planned residential development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, parking and a possible hotel. This project will activate the river through riverfront improvements as well as a Boats & Bikes concept that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors along the river. view all >
Pop-Up Urban Park
The temporary Pop-Up Urban Park is now open in Downtown
"The Hole" along Douglas has been filled and transformed into a temporary Pop-Up Urban Park in the core of Downtown Wichita! The new park provides an opportunity for nearby office workers and residents to enjoy food trucks in the park, participate in outdoor activities, and connect with one another to foster community spirit. On Friday, September 25, the public gathered at the site to celebrate the grand opening of the park with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food trucks, and live music. The park will be activated daily with food trucks and other activities. Keep up-to-date by following ICT Pop-Up Park on Facebook. view all >
2015 State of Downtown Report
Economic data documenting the transformation of our City center
2014 was a transformational year for Downtown Wichita. Over 260 new residential units opened, boosting the Downtown population to 1,872 people, and 550 residential units are currently under construction or in planning. Over $30 million of investment by the private and public sectors positioned Downtown for expanded growth in 2015 and beyond. Property values continue on a positive trend upwards since the implementation of Project Downtown in 2010. The 2015 State of Downtown Report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate. It is intended to be a reference tool for research or project due diligence for those developing in Downtown Wichita. view all >
The Douglas at Market and Douglas
The Douglas is driving momentum at the corner of Douglas and Market. This project will revitalize two empty buildings and construct a new parking garage in Downtown Wichita.
Downtown Clean Up 2016
Thank you to the volunteers that attended the 2016 Downtown Clean Up! Your efforts in working with the City of Wichita Public Works and Park & Recreation Departments have made a positive impact on our community that can be seen along Douglas Ave. and throughout Downtown Wichita.
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress
In 2015, $180 million of development was initiated along Downtown's postcard avenue, Douglas Avenue. Last year, residential project announcements set the stage to double the core's resident population. With these key developments, and many more, the Downtown envisioned in Project Downtown is becoming a reality.
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
The transformation of "The Hole" on Douglas Ave. into the Pop-Up Urban Park is now complete! To celebrate, the WDDC held a community Grand Opening on September 25.
May 26
New security measures – ID scanning at bars and additional lighting – are coming to Old Town.
May 26
A Wichita tech company plans to add 100 jobs in the next year.
May 25
Following weeks of anxiety across the community, Cargill announced Tuesday that it will keep the headquarters of its meat business and its 800 employees in Wichita.
May 24
When Cargill Inc. began to look at facility options for its Wichita operations, the company focused its strategy around growth.
May 24
The exodus of Wichita businesses has stopped. Cargill is staying in Wichita.
May 25
The speakeasies of old were designed around two things: liquor and secrecy.
May 25
Back when Wichita was young, dining out was simpler.
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Let's Caffeinate Wichita! Join 1 Million Cups every Wednesday at WSU Old Town on 238 N. Mead. 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Attendance is free. Doors open at 8:30am. Presentations run from 9 -10am. Each presentation ends with an audience Q&A where the last question is always "What can we as a community do to support you as a startup?" Follow @1millioncupsICT on Twitter. Share #somethingsbrewingict.
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Go to Warren's Old Town Theatre Grille for $5 movies on Wednesdays! All tickets are $5 on Wednesdays, no other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00. Sony Pictures does not allow discounts on their films.
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North Carolina’s new breakout duo, Mandolin Orange will be performing at Barleycorn’s Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12 per person. This event is 21 and over.
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The BREG Healthcare Industry Sector is presenting the Healthcare Innovation Forum on June 1st at the Kansas Leadership Center. The forum is an opportunity to cultivate the greater Wichita region’s healthcare ecosystem and bring new innovations to life. In addition, it will be a chance where diverse minds from medicine, technology, policy, and education will explore innovations currently underway in the region. The event will showcase unique points of view from top industry speakers along with presentations from entrepreneurs showcasing new discoveries and opportunities that could change the healthcare landscape.
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The Jill Landrith School of Dance will be hosting its annual recital in the Century II Mary Jane Teall Theatre on Thursday, June 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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The Travel Guide found their primary sound at an early point in their career, they have a certain edge and breath of maturity that’s necessary when attempting to climb the musician’s ladder. What sets them apart is the bombastic instrumental work by each of the three band members. The show will be opened by Kill Vargas. Tickets: $7 per person. This event is 21 and over.
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It may just be a live microphone in a small spotlight, but when Kris Shaw steps up to it, the experience is unlike anything you’ve come to expect from stand-up comedy. Kris is a storyteller who, with quick bursts of wit and carefully crafted silences, he keeps the audience engaged through everyday observations and tough topics alike. His slightly askew but lovable style disarms and charms from the first set-up to the final punch line. There is not so much as a hint of meanness in his spirit, and that good energy spills onto the stage and beyond. You will find yourself laughing out loud, delighted at how easily you relate to this uniquely funny guy. Kris is a fan favorite who tours comedy clubs, colleges and events all across the United States and Canada. He has entertained troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Bahrain, Dubai, Kyrgyzstan and Africa. Kris also appears in national television commercials and had a recurring extra role on the CBS drama Close To Home. Show Dates & Times: Thursday, June 2 (18 & Up): 8:00 p.m. - $8 Friday, June 3 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. - $12 Saturday, June 4 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. - $12
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Join Suzy Simpleton's journey as she tries to become the newest featured dancer on Dick Dorkee's Sedgwick County Bandstand. Then following intermission enjoy a musical revue featuring music from every decade from the 1950's until today. Including songs by Prince, The Backstreet Boys, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and many more! Rated PG-13 for some mild innuendo This show is written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers. It will be followed by Sizzlin' Summer Musical Comedy Revue. Sedgwick County Bandstand stars Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley, Ryan Schafer, & Monte Wheeler. Show Dates: May 21 - July 16, 2016 Show Times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Doors open at 6:00 pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30 pm. Show at 7:50 pm.
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Step back in time to the days of Carrie Nation, Wyatt Earp and the early aviation pioneers. Learn about Wichita’s colorful and storied history from our knowledgeable guide. The 1 1/2 hour narrated tour winds along the Arkansas River and throughout the Delano area into downtown, Midtown and Old Town to some of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods. Relax aboard our air-conditioned 1925-style trolley. The Discover Historic Wichita Trolley Tour has something for all ages to enjoy. The tours begin at the Waterwalk on the westside of the Waterwalk. Maximum capacity is 28 passengers (wheelchair accessible trolley is available only by advance notice). Tours are offered year round with groups of 20 or more. Tour Dates: April – July Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Price: $15 per person, children under 5 years accompanied by an adult ride free. Please call for group information. Tours must be paid prior to tour date, unless prior arrangements have been confirmed. Reservations are required.
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Join the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for their annual Koch Twilight Pops performance at Wichita’s biggest celebration of the year, Riverfest! This year join us at the Century II Kennedy Plaza, Century II’s outdoor performance stage right off of Douglas – fireworks and flyovers included! Admission to the concert is free with your Riverfest button. Free with Riverfest Button