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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
Aug 27
The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena continues to lead US venues on social media and is currently ranked #1 in the US and #3 in the world.
Aug 27
Like its Market Centre neighbor, 125 N. Market could one day be home to some apartments.
Aug 24
Doo-Dah will be Doo-Dah-free for most of this week – if not all of it.
Aug 21
Wichitans will likely be able to eat at restaurants and enjoy smoothies at the Union Station complex.
Aug 21
Wichita State University is keeping Crossland Construction Co. Inc.
Aug 21
If you like the “Fast and Furious” movies, you’ll probably love one event this weekend.
Aug 18
Sedgwick County already has a building for two joint city-county departments, but it’s looking elsewhere.
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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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Join Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. as the welcome the upcoming fall season with an open house on Thursday, August 27 from 5-8pm. The store will be full of all of our newest decorations; from pumpkins and skeletons, to fall foliage stems and decorative turkeys, there will be a little something for everyone!
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Will Marfori has been making audiences laugh for the last ten years. Originally from Washington DC, Marfori blends all the characteristics of the Nation’s Capital into his act. Coming from a mixed race family with a love of learning and silliness, Marfori shows that even the nerdy kids can be cool. Show times: Thursday, August 27 - 8:00pm Friday, August 28 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm Saturday, August 29 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
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Drink. Paint. Party! Paint Nite runs social painting events held at local bars and restaurants. All materials are provided, but tickets must be purchased in advance on the PaintNite.com website. Ages 21+ only.
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Experience all the things you know and love and be amazed by things you’ve never seen before! Witness superhuman stunts so close, you can feel it! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that are engineered for excitement and custom built for family fun! Don't miss the All Access Pre-Show! Starts one-hour prior to showtime available to all ticket-holders. See animals up close, visit with performers, get autographs, try on costumes, and enjoy the circus fun. Circus Showtimes: Thursday, August 27 - 7pm Friday, August 28 - 7pm Saturday, August 29 - 11am, 3pm, 7pm Sunday, August 30 - 1pm
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Pageant Book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell Tickets are $25.00 per person for Show Only, or $40.00 per person for Dinner and Show. Tickets are paid at time of reservation or at door and dinner is paid at the end of the evening to your wait staff. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and are required for Dinner and Show. 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm – Show
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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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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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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.