Art Day of Giving 2015
ArtDOG 2015 is on Friday, April 24.
Join the Wichita Community Foundation and create community through art during ArtDOG 2015 on April 24. The project, which will span from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., is centered around raising both awareness and funds, through online donations, for local art nonprofit organizations. In its inaugural year, ArtDOG raised $548,372 for 38 art organizations. Visit the all-new to see the current list of 52 participating organizations, as well as additional events happening on Final Friday in April. 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.
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.
INTRUST Bank Arena Celebrates Five Years
The Arena celebrates five successful years increasing the quality of life for Wichitans, creating memories, and providing world-class entertainment.
Five years ago, construction was completed on a 15,004-seat arena in the heart of Wichita through a community driven one-cent sales tax increase. It has been ranked the 7th busiest arena in the United States according to Venues Today 2014 Top Stops. Most recently, the NCAA awarded Wichita as one of the eight sites for the 2018 First and Second Round Men's Basketball Championship. This event will create an estimated $10 million economic impact for the Wichita community. To kick-off the five year anniversary, a 5th Anniversary Concert Series is planned, a newly designed website has been launched for the venue, and commemorative ticket stock and souvenir cups will be used during arena events.
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 >
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 >
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 154-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 >
Westar Energy renews sponsorship for 2015 WDDC Design Internship Program
Westar Energy partners with WDDC to engage students in revitalizing Downtown Wichita
For the fourth consecutive year Westar Energy will sponsor the WDDC's Design Internship Program. This experience provides opportunities for a student to work directly with developers, City officials and other business professionals on design concepts for actual projects that will enhance and revitalize the urban core. Westar's commitment contributes to the continuing education and engagement of young talent through the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. 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 >
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 >
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 Living Tour
Explore exciting Downtown living options during the free public Downtown Living Tour, Sunday, March 29th from 1-5pm. view story >
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 >
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 >

Apr 23
A group of business leaders and city officials rolled out a plan last week to kickstart Wichita’s flagging economic development efforts.
Apr 22
New leases bring the four Garvey Buildings to almost 100 percent occupancy.
Apr 22
Former Finns Lounge owners Amy and Jason Stepien are opening a new club.
Apr 21
Breweries appear to be the yogurt shops of 2015.
Apr 21
Food Trucks at the Fountain will return this week for its final-Sunday-of-the-month.
Apr 20
This year’s Keeper of the Plains award will go to Architectural Innovations.
Apr 18
The reorganized effort to develop Wichita’s economy calls for praise and optimism.
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 11:30am and ends at 2:30pm.
Join us at the Commerce Street Art District spring party on April 26 at 4pm, to make your own seed bombs. This is a kids-of-all-ages event: get your hands dirty and create the palette that you’ll use to ‘paint’ a green corridor through the Commerce Street Art District. Make a seed bomb for Commerce Street, and make one for your own neighborhood--plant-painting works anywhere!
Join the Wichita Blues Society on April 26 for the Spring Blues Crawl in Old Town! $10 gets you into every club PLUS the After Party featuring IBC Semi-finalists Hector Anchondo Band. Participating venues and bands: Mort's - Westerman Brothers Joe's - Lynn Avants Band Rock Island Live - Sloan Tash Band Brickyard - Keefer Madness Loft 150 - Suns Over Blazmo Indigo Lounge - Bloodline Posse Heroes - Front Porch Blues Wristbands available at all participating venues.
Evolution of Style is our 4th annual fundraiser event supporting our local Children's Miracle Network. This event is a collaboration of Paul Mitchell the School staff and students partnered with Paul Mitchell Focus Salons ABLS, Dream Waves, The Hidaway and Evolve. This event will kick off at 6:00pm with a silent auction, then the hair show will tell the story of decades of styles that inspired us both through costume, hair and makeup. Come celebrate the years of style to support a local cause. All proceeds will go to the Children's Miracle Network. Tickets: In Advance - $20 At the Door - $25
A street party and picnic, co-organized by F5 and the Commerce St. Art District association, to celebrate F5's second birthday, the art district's continued growth, local businesses, artists, musicians, the community, spring...essentially everything that is awesome in Wichita right now. Featuring the miraculously resurrected rosebush, a street-long picnic table/blanket, F5's vendors and advertisers, DJs, seed bombing, a film at sundown, food trucks, pop-up shops, graffiti and skating demos, art exhibitions, hula hoopers, face painting, and tons more. Events will take place between 4-11pm.
The 12th annual Fisch Haus Tuesday Night Jazz Series! Each evening starts at 7:30 pm, with doors at 7, and admission is free. However, all donations go directly to the bands, so we encourage you to be generous if you had a great time. Our fabulous series M.C. is local musician, businessman and philanthropist Dee Starkey. The shows are open to all ages, and we invite our audience to bring their own refreshments, but ask that alcohol not be served to minors. Series Lineup: April 7: Brandon Blackburn April 14: Nick Schroeder / Joel Linchaid April 21: "Student Night" featuring WSU and Friends combos April 28: Steve Poorman
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.
Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is gearing up for National Walk @ Lunch Day April 29. Tens of thousands of walkers across the country participated in last year's event and they hope you'll help make this year an even bigger success. Blue Cross is hosting rallies and one-mile walks in six Kansas communities where we have offices. In Wichita, the Metro Chamber of Commerce office at the corner of W. Douglas and Waco will be the gathering spot ahead of a one-mile walk along the Arkansas River. The first 250 participants will receive a free T-shirt.
Comedian Dan Chopin delivers a fast-paced mix of spot-on stand-up routines, clever one-liners and original comedy songs that are as timely and relevant as they are pointless and stupid. Dan will make you laugh with his infectious sense of humor and his hysterical rants about the world around us. Dan has over twenty years of experience performing at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events and he has appeared on HBO, A&E, Showtime, MTV and Comedy Central. Showtimes: Thursday, April 30 - 8:00pm Friday, May 1 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm Saturday, May 2 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Cirque Musica takes audiences on a journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty and mystery. The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical, pops, and popular repertoire. Audiences are treated to a full sensory experience with aerialists, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, and acrobats that will have them on the edge of their seats and in awe of the beauty, thrills, and majesty that is Cirque Musica.