New Central Library & Advanced Learning Center
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Central Library and Advanced Learning Center 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.
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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
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 22 lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. 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 >
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
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 >
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.
Downtown Wichita: A year in review
A review of 2009/2010 in Downtown Wichita. This video was originally presented at the 2010 WDDC Annual Lecture.
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.
Feb 03
Wichita will gets its first taste of the 1 Million Cups event next week, but organizers hope it leads to a flood of entrepreneurial companies in years to come.
Feb 02
The Wichita City Council chambers erupted in applause Tuesday.
Jan 26
Wichita Festivals on Tuesday released figures showing growth at its two flagship events – Riverfest and Autumn & Art – in 2015.
Jan 26
Jill Miller is putting the finishing touches on her Finishing School for Modern Women.
Jan 19
Another piece of the Union Station development will open next week.
Jan 18
Tech seems to be bubbling up all over Wichita.
Jan 14
Douglas was a focal point for downtown development in 2015.
06
The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour, with over 320 games in North America alone. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.
06
Enjoy a 5 course dinner at Harvest Kitchen. Course 1 Baked Brie Puff Pastry | Creamy Brie | Jalapeno Tomato Jam | Grilled Bread Paired with:Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc Course 2 GOAT CHEESE RAVIOLI Apple Cider Braised Rabbit | Herb Infused Oil Paired with:Hess Napa Collection Chardonnay Course 3 GRILLED PRAWNS Whole Grilled Prawns | BBQ Spiced Butter | Sauteed Spinach | Asian Pear Paired with:Hess Select Treo Course 4 SHORT RIB CHOP Caramelized Fennel | Arugula | Smoked Bleu Cheese & Horseradish Dressing Paired with:Hess Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Course 5 Chocolate Tart Bitter-Sweet Chocolate | Mandarin Orange | Lime Zest | Pistachios Paired with:Hess Collection Orange Muscat
06
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 Little Miss Moonshine, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers, followed by Bangin’ 90’s & Beyond Musical Comedy Review. Show stars Molly Tully, Dylan Lewis, Megan Parsley, Kelly Wonstetler, Damian Padilla, & Alex Castaneda. Show Dates: February 4 – March 26 Showtimes: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Doors open at 6:00 pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30 pm. Show at 7:50 pm.
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The Symphony meets the ballroom as Broadway veterans, Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, sing and dance their way into your heart in an evening from the Great American Songbook. Be inspired by fond memories of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell. Just one week before Valentine’s Day, this evening will sweep you off your feet! Music Theatre Wichita's Thomas Douglas guest conducts the Wichita Symphony. To purchase tickets, visit wichitasymphony.org.
06
Craftapalooza™ & Fabulous Vintage Market is a one day shopping extravaganza featuring an eclectic blend of handcrafted one of a kind items, artisan designs, bling & glam boutiques, antique & vintage bliss, sparkly jewels, home décor & inspiration, repurposed & funky junk along with fabulous finds for your creative soul! Ticket Prices: $5, Children under 12 are free. Show Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform in Otello. Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. Performances at Venue 332 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center Show Dates and Time : Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 5 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2pm and 8pm Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 12 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2pm and 8pm
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On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform in Otello. Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. Performances at Venue 332 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center Show Dates and Time : Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 5 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2pm and 8pm Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 12 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2pm and 8pm
09
Join Doo-Dah Diner for their third annual all-you-can-eat Fat Tuesday Cajun Feast in Downtown Wichita! The feast features jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, red beans and rice, blackened chicken, crawfish, fried catfish, and king cake. Lunch hours: 11am-2pm Dinner hours: 5-7pm Advanced tickets are $40 and $45 at the door. Proceeds benefit Working Families United Inc.
09
Celebrate Fat Tuesday in Downtown Wichita with a performance by the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco band at Heroes Sports Bar and Grill! Enjoy the live music along with Cajun specials from the kitchen and bar. The celebration is free to attend and will take place from 6:30-9pm. All ages are welcome.
09
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat crayfish boil for Fat Tuesday at Gianni Bacci's in Downtown Wichita! SoCo Hurricans and Nola-Inspired Cocktails are on special and the live music starts at 9pm.