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.
Currently under construction, the new VALUE PLACE APARTMENTS will offer flexible living choices
The new $10 Million VALUE PLACE 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 >
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 >
Revitalizing the Douglas Avenue Underpass
Public input is sought for revitalizing this historic structure in Downtown
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. The first public input meeting garnered great ideas and perspectives. Be a part of the process by attending future public input meetings which will be announced soon. view all >
Project Downtown: Fostering Opportunity
Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita continues to serve as an effective blueprint in the revitalization of Downtown Wichita.
2013 was filled with many important milestones in the progress of our Downtown. In our latest Downtown Development Email we highlight these accomplishments along with initiatives underway in 2014 including: the Knight Grant awarded to the WDDC, Century II visioning and planning, High Touch purchasing it's Downtown building and more.
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 >
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 >
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 >
2012 Downtown Economic Report
Growth in markets such as residential, hospitality, commercial and retail are strengthening the city's center. A thriving Downtown is key to our city's and region's success, and our Downtown continues to grow.
The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation is pleased to provide this first report of Downtown Economic Data. This document is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate. The WDDC will continue to refine and develop the content of this document on an annual basis. view all >
Wichita Art Day Of Giving
Make sure to mark February 28th on your calendar to participate in the first ever Wichita ArtDOG (Art Day Of Giving)! This event will help increase non-profit arts donor bases, bring awareness to these organizations and the arts in general. 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 >
Apr 23
Even the bankers – well, most of them – didn’t wear ties in this gathering of T-shirts.
Apr 14
When Kim Dwerlkotte tore her rotator cuff, she decided to try Pilates to rehabilitate.
Apr 09
Executives unveiled the changes they have made to 125 N. Market building.
Apr 08
It took 11 years, but the law firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chartered has outgrown its space.
Apr 07
Lotus Leaf Cafe is back in business.
Apr 04
Wichita could have a new Class A office building downtown in five years.
Apr 03
Old Town developer Dave Burk is undertaking another residential/retail renovation project.
Wine and food lovers raise your glasses for the 19th Annual Midwest Winefest. Whether you're a wine novice or wine aficionado, you are invited to join this three-day event for charity. Events include a Walkabout, Wine Dinner and Grand Tasting. Winefest begins with the Old Town Walkabout - a food and wine sampling through Old Town District. The walkabout begins at 5:30, a trolley will be available for those who would like a ride. Only 900 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $40 each.
Join the Wichita Downtown Lions Club 56th Annual Pancake & Sausage Day at Century II Exhibition Hall at 8am on April 24
Live Music at Mead's Corner. William Flynn Jazz Trio, Mead's Corner Back Room.
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.
On Arbor Day, Friday, April 25, 2014, Associated Integrated Marketing will host its much-loved and anticipated community outreach event – the Care-A-Ton tree giveaway. The event gets its name from the fact that a tree, throughout its lifetime, removes an estimated one ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Thanks to our Care-A-Ton program, more than 6,500 new trees have been provided and planted throughout the Wichita area. This year will mark the 8th Annual Care-A-Ton, and we will give away free trees to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2014 RACE FOR HOPE coincides with the early evening Final Friday Art Crawl. Participants race along the river, and create beautiful artwork by adding a footprint to the 2014 HopeNet Mural. Finish the evening off by enjoying music, food, and fun at the finish line post party! Featuring food from Sabor, Caffe Moderne, Empire Catering, The Chocolate Fountain, and Warren Theatres. Music will be provided by Digital Entertainment. Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age group and top 3 teams. Online individual registration by noon April 21. To register visit:
Come to Heroes on Final Friday for performers Emily & Michael from 5-8! Heroes features live music every Tuesday and Friday night. Tuesday's feature solo artists and duos from around the nation.
In its sixth year, Living Statues offers a unique and inspirational environment within which the public is invited to sketch, photograph, paint, or otherwise immortalize a group of talented Ballet Wichita dancers. The dancers will perform a series of short interpretive tableaux throughout the evening, coordinated by a soundtrack composed specifically for the event. Artists and visitors are invited to use this opportunity to record these three to five minute poses. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own drawing materials, but Bluebird Arthouse will be on hand, in a pop-up shop in our front room, to furnish whatever your masterpiece requires! Composer/DJ Team: Jedd Beaudoin and Torin and Georgia Andersen.
Enjoy an Open House at Shelter Salon as they preview Halstyn & Harper Boutique! This Open House runs in conjunction with Final Friday from 6-8pm
Live Music at Walkers Bar & Venue: Blue Eyed Soul, a dance party rock band playing hits from the past five decades!