Placemaking Project
People First Design at Douglas & Main
"Placemaking” is a current trend used to develop the use of public spaces with guerrilla tactics, typically in an urban environment. This pilot project, funded through Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation enhances the use of public space at the intersection of Douglas and Main Street. Other project partneres include Health ICT, Bike Walk Wichita and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Currently, there is a colorful collection of tables and chairs in a roped off area that gives pedestrians the opportunity to relax and enjoy Downtown in an area that was previously a traffic lane. This pilot project enhances the experience for those who walk, bike or jog in the Downtown area. It will remain intact during Riverfest and for 60 days afterwards.
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, Phase One complete
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings is 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 is 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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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.
Jun 21
There’s not a finalized deal yet, but Old Town developer Dave Burk, car dealer and businessman Brandon Steven and Key Construction president Dave Wells have a contract to buy The Wichita Eagle building downtown at 825 E. Douglas.
Jun 16
Cox Communications is earmarking a gift valued at $500,000 to help the city of Wichita fund the construction of the new downtown library.
Jun 15
Even on opening night 20 years ago, Morrie Sheets knew he was on to something with his Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar.
Jun 15
A $7 million project to add 72 apartment units to the Flats 324 development is now complete.
Jun 15
Lifeboat Creative will relocate early next year to a new building under the same landlord the firm is now.
Jun 14
Pass the martinis. It’s officially an “emergency.”
Jun 14
With the help of a generous in-kind contribution from Mother Nature, the 45th Wichita Riverfest outdid itself in drawing diverse musical acts and huge and happy crowds.
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Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish and visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see. Dive into how reefs are as vital to life on earth as the rain forests, but are starting to disappear due to population. Produced by the Academy-Award nominated creators of the Broadway show STOMP.
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Dive underwater with astronauts as they train to live and work in outer space. This live-action film documents microgravity simulation at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base. No general museum admission is needed to do the dome.
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Come enjoy live jazz performed by local talent each Friday and Saturday evening in the historic Keen Kutter Lounge in the heart of historic Old Town.
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Unlike any other dinosaur exhibit you’ve seen here, control 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics, inspired by actual fossils. Along the way, you’ll go on an apprentice’s journey to learn about art, science and innovation that ends in a journeyman’s workshop. Included in general museum admission, free for members. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions.
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Soar the prehistoric skies with the flying reptiles of the dinosaur world, the pterosaurs. Uncover how this creature, the size of a giraffe, with a wing span similar to a modern day jet plane, can fly. Narrated by David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist. Dome prices apply.
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"Expedition Kansas" presented by photographer Brett Schauf. This Show will primarily feature Kansas landscapes, Storms and cityscapes, but will also include some from travels to neighboring states.
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Join CityArts for the opening of two new exhibitions this Final Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m.: “Spotlight: a CityArts Student and Instructor Exhibition” and “Body Narratives” by Robyn Duarte-Specht. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square. All gallery spaces are free and open to the public. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.wichitacityarts.org.
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Final Friday Event - Open 6 pm - 10 pm"Wichita Summers"Limited collection of various locations around town, featuring several Keeper images.Photographers Mark & Taylor Wilkes
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Summer Celebration. Blue Stone Blue Sky. The Art of Turquoise Jewelry.
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This month's featured artist is Ryan Kerner. You may know him better as one of the awesome brewers from River City Brewing Company! Of course we'll have a special beer on tap, duh! Stay tuned for a firkin surprise!Let'm Eat Bräts will be out for dinner, so grab a beer, a brat, and support local art!