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 >
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 >
The new WaterWalk Apartments offers flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, delivers 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 >
Douglas Ave Underpass
Final designs will help transform this key connector between Douglas Avenue, INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town
Final schematic designs for the Douglas Ave Underpass were recently released at a public open house. Through a grant received by the WDDC from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation, LawKingdon architecture was able to derive design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. 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.
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 >
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 >
The LUX is now leasing!
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 >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
LawKingdon derived design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view story >
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 >

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 >
Oct 15
When Ann and Warren Tandoc opened their Espresso To Go Go at the Zelman Lofts, part of a wall had to temporarily come down in order for their disco ball to fit.
Oct 15
Les and Courtney Ruthven are close to a decision about what to do with their Commerce Plaza building.
Oct 07
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved 4-1 a tax increment financing district for Union Station downtown.
Oct 07
Though many already consider the Minnesota Guys a distant memory.
Oct 06
On the heels of a deal for the former Walkers Bar & Venue space there’s now a deal for the former Jettys Pizza.
Sept 30
The project is designed to create efficiencies within the building.
Sept 29
Luis “Big Lou” Lopez II is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate.
Wichita Symphony presents Dances of the Americas. Part of the Wichita Symphony's Classics Series, Dances of the Americas features dances that span North and South America. From the states we have the hustle (no, not disco) of urban America with the New Era Dance by Aaron Kernis and Aaron Copland’s beloved Suite from Appalachian Spring. Heading South into Mexico and Argentina we hear a dance from Arturo Marquéz and famed tango composer Astor Piazzola’s answer to The Four Seasons in a passionate Tango rendition. KERNIS New Era Dance PIAZZOLA The Four Seasons (Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas)featuring violinist Karen Gomyo COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
Join some of Wichita's favorite food trucks for an afternoon of delicious homemade specials and live music at the beautiful WaterWalk Pavilion. Trucks involved so far: B.S. Sandwhich Press, Cake Face Bake Shop & Deli, Hopperoni Express, Let'm Eat Brats, The Flying Stove, & Ginger Lily Boutique. Food service starts at 11:30 and ends at 2:30
Our Downtown Trunk or Treat Fun Fest is coming soon. Join us, Sunday, October 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the First Church parking lot. If there are children in your life don’t let them miss this exciting event. Grandchildren, neighbors, friends, family, and anyone young at heart are welcome to come and experience an afternoon filled with costumes, games, food trucks, face paint, Zumba, live music and yes, candy! There are several ways to help. Many trunks are needed for the trunk or treat. Wrapped candy can be donated and brought to the A/B or D entrance. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact the church at 267-6244.
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting the 1989 Wichita State Baseball National Championship Player Reunion meet and greet on Sunday, October 26 from 2 to 5. The event is free and most of the players from the team will be in attendance as well as Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stephenson.
Believe the Impossible! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers…everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show! Only the best, most unique, amusing, astounding and amazing performers have been chosen to perform in Masters of Illusion. Masters of Illusion is a huge stage phenomenon born from the multi-award winning television series Masters of Illusion and from the World Magic Awards, which is recognized as the International Academy Awards of Magic. The live tour premiered in September 2011 and is in its 4th season (see current tour dates below).The tour has played 105 shows in 68 venues, 28 states, 5 countries and 3 continents. One of the exciting features of this magical experience is that the entire audience participates in a mind-boggling illusion and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage! The award winning cast has been brought together to perform live to its Masters of Illusion’s huge worldwide television audience. Masters of Illusion will have 13 new TV episodes airing in 2014 on the CW network and in over 100 countries internationally. $35 Upper Balcony, $40 Orchestra Rows E-W & Lower Balcony, $60 Orchestra Rows A-D
With his upcoming tour, Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage. The two-hour show is a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first time...live music. Audience interaction is strictly enforced throughout the evening, though if you're called upon as a culinary assistant you'll definitely want to take the lab coat Brown offers, as things tend to get messy. Brown has worked his weird magic on live audiences across the nation for over a decade but this is the first time he's actually hit the road with a live tour. The entire family will have a blast, especially as you sing along with Brown's soon to be hits "Airport Shrimp Blues" and "TV Cookin Ain't Like No Other Cookin".
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.
Fuel the Fire Speaker Series - Creating the spark to start a movement Demographics are changing. Community wants and needs are changing. How do we ensure that Wichita attracts and retains talented professionals, provides unique opportunities for its citizens, and is recognized as a place others want to live? Join us for the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series where, as a community, we will engage in conversations revolving around national trends affecting Wichita. These events are free and open to the public and will last approximately until 6pm. #FueltheFireICT Carol Coletta, of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, will speak on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. Igniting the conversation, Carol Coletta will speak on the future of cities, including how Wichita can provide catalytic opportunities to develop, attract, and retain young talent to further our city’s growth. James Chung, of Reach Advisors, will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Shifts in demographics are blazing new trails across the nation. James Chung will discuss why these shifts are fueling change and why citizens and corporations in Wichita should be strategic in planning for them. Brad Segal, of Progressive Urban Management Association, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Cities across the country are seeing a resurgance of urban centers. Brad Segal will speak on how national urban trends affect these city centers and why Downtown Wichita plays a key role in keeping our economic fire alive. The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series is underwritten by the Knight Foundation Fund, the Wichita Community Foundation, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Council, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and generous community donors.
Doors: 6:00 p.m. Game: Wednesday, October 29 at 7:05 p.m. On Sale: Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $14, $20, $25, $28, $34 Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $12, $18, $23, $25, $32 (Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices will increase on day of game.) Camera Policy: Professional cameras, video, and audio are all permitted.
5:30pm - 6:30pm Reception and Dinner 6:30pm - 8:30pm Presentation of Awards Tickets: General Seating: $60.00 and Reserved Table for 10: $750.00 The annual event honors businesses and individuals who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to the development of the arts in Wichita. 45th Annual Art Award Recipients include Mayor Carl Brewer, John Harrison, Katie Lynn, Chloe Cloud, Music Theater of Wichita Teen Choir, Wichita Community Foundation, Senseney Music, Mark Foleym Kristin Beal, Ted Ayres, CreativeRush and the Aviation Museum