River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
River Vista, a planned residential and mixed-use development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, commercial space, 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. view all >
Progress on Parking at Market & William
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. View a video of construction progress under the "Media" tab.
Exchange Place
A $66 million development project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The 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 230 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 >
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 >
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 >
Mosley Avenue Project
Transformation is underway to the north of Old Town on Mosley Avenue.
The streetscape enhancements for Old Town will soon be expanding to the north. Mosley Avenue from 2nd Street to 3rd Street and also Rock Island for one-half block north will be improved. The corridors will be reconstructed as brick streets and sidewalks with amenities and on-street parking consistent with the design of the other streets in Old Town. view all >
Wichita State Creating a Major Downtown Presence to Focus on Public Service
Wichita State University has announced plans for a major commitment to downtown Wichita with the creation of WSU Old Town. The initiative will involve the relocation of some prominent WSU units focused on health care and outreach to Wichita businesses and the larger community. WSU is estimating about 200 faculty and staff will work in Old Town, while 300 students will be involved in classes or clinical work there and more than 15,000 visitors will attend educational sessions, meetings or community activities in the WSU facilities.
Knight Foundation Grant will transform “The Hole” on Douglas Avenue
Grant opportunity will transform eyesore and change perceptions
The WDDC received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation to construct a Pop-Up Urban Park in "The Hole" on Douglas Avenue. This grant provides the resources to transform and activate an eyesore in the core of our City. Recently, the WDDC hosted a design charrette, which engaged Kansas State University design students along with local design professionals, developers, business owners and residents to further develop the plan for the Pop-Up Urban Park. 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.
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 >
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 >
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
The WDDC received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation to construct a Pop-Up Urban Park in "The Hole" on Douglas Avenue. view story >
Downtown Living Tour
Explore exciting Downtown living options during the free public Downtown Living Tour, Sunday, March 29th from 1-5pm.
Parking at Market &William Renovation
Progress continues on the renovation of the former Macy's Garage, now known as Parking at Market & William. This project will open up 550 spaces which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. view story >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
LawKingdon derived design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view story >
July 29
The filling of the former pit along Douglas Avenue between Main and Market has begun.
July 28
After more than two years of planning, developers and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony.
July 27
Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre got some love from a couple of musicians.
July 24
Developers for the River Vista project at First and McLean will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
July 23
Since at least the 1930s, the space at 608 E. Douglas in downtown Wichita has been home to a bar.
July 23
Crab cakes Benedict and pork belly with grits are a bit exotic for some Wichita diners – or so they think.
July 23
Wichita Riverfest attendance and revenue increased this year but the total number of buttons sold fell.
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Wichita Park & Recreation is adding another date to the schedule of Barry’s Recreation Station! The free event will begin with a Karate demonstration at 6:40 p.m. followed by an interactive science show hosted by Beard and Bean. Karate students will interact with the crowd providing karate and self-defense training, using fun games. Jedi fighters will be present to help kids work on their light sabre skills. Other fun activities such as sidewalk chalk and bubbles will also be available.
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Mom & Pop’s Cockroach Casino or Quick, Run It’s a Raid, written by Tom Frye and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Summertime Fun Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Cianna Atchison, Craig Green, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Ryan Schafer, and Joella Wolnik. Showtimes: July 23 - September 12 Thursday, Friday and Saturday Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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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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For six consecutive Friday nights, 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. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free parking in covered parking garage. Doors open at 6:30. Food sales and pre-concert entertainment begin at 7:00. Band takes the stage at 8:00. KEYN Summer Concert Series: July 10 - King Midas - The Flying Stove & The North Shore Shaved Ice July 17 - The Funtones- Funky Monkey Munchies & The Brown Box Bakery July 24 - Across the Pond- B.S. Sandwich Press & Kona Ice July 31 - Annie Up- The Flying Stove & The Brown Box Bakery August 7 - Lucky People- Funky Monkey Munchies & The North Shore Shaved Ice August 14 - The Astronauts- B.S. Sandwich Press & Kona Ice
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The Dead Martin Variety Hour is Wichita's twisted monthly take on the variety shows of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Featuring local acts of ALL kinds and ALL levels of talent, plus surprise guests, recurring characters, and a lot of booze. All presided over by everyone's favorite undead crooner, Dead Martin! Doors open at 10:00pm
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Mom & Pop’s Cockroach Casino or Quick, Run It’s a Raid, written by Tom Frye and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Summertime Fun Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Cianna Atchison, Craig Green, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Ryan Schafer, and Joella Wolnik. Showtimes: July 23 - September 12 Thursday, Friday and Saturday Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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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! Old Town Farmers' Market is open Saturdays from 7am - Noon.
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You can watch local artists create stunning chalk art and design your own masterpiece at the Youthville Chalk Art Festival. You can experience art and live music at this FREE event in Old Town Square (2nd & Mead) in Wichita. The Chalk ART Festival is an annual event held to raise awareness and support for Youthville. The festival aims to provide a fun event for people of all ages to experience art and community in an outdoor setting while supporting local and regional artists. The event is free and open to the public.
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Join CityArts for the CityArts Xtravaganza: Arts & Eats on Saturday, August 1 from 6-9pm! The event is a fund-raising event for the organization sponsored by the Arts Council with support from the Barry L. and Paula M. Downing Foundation. Proceeds will be used to enhance the student experience at CityArts by providing the additional tools needed to achieve students' creative goals.
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Mom & Pop’s Cockroach Casino or Quick, Run It’s a Raid, written by Tom Frye and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Summertime Fun Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Cianna Atchison, Craig Green, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Ryan Schafer, and Joella Wolnik. Showtimes: July 23 - September 12 Thursday, Friday and Saturday Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.