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 >
The Douglas
The Douglas project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Douglas, formerly known as 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 >
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 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. 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
In 2014 Wichita City Council 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. Recent repairs have stabilized the structure and will open all nine floors and 434 spaces of the garage once signage and final touches are complete. The rehabilitated and bright garage will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
New Advanced Learning Library
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Advanced Learning Library 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. view all >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 Clean Up 2016
Thank you to the volunteers that attended the 2016 Downtown Clean Up! Your efforts in working with the City of Wichita Public Works and Park & Recreation Departments have made a positive impact on our community that can be seen along Douglas Ave. and throughout Downtown Wichita.
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 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.
Apr 26
KMUW, 89.1, is moving into its new offices this week at 121 N. Mead.
Apr 20
Lemongrass isn’t the only new business Danny Nguyen is opening in Old Town.
Apr 19
The Wichita City Council wants out of the hotel business.
Apr 18
The Farm Credit Bank Building in downtown Wichita will soon have a new tenant.
Apr 14
Pixius Communications has acquired Hutchinson-based AngelComputing to further expand its presence in Reno County.
Apr 14
Old Town patrons could see a variety of new safety measures in place by the end of May, city officials said Thursday.
Apr 12
After a successful first year, Balefire Marketing + Advertising is looking to expand.
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The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. This show is presented by Hesston’s Dyck Arboretum of the Plains through their Prairie Window Concert Series. Reserved Ticket Prices: $29 All Seating Levels
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Meredith Willson's The Music Man retells the story of fast talking con man, Harold Hill, who arrives in River City, Iowa with the false promise of forming a boys marching band. Harold's original plan was to make a profit and skip town before people realized he was a fraud. However, he did not bank on the fact he would fall in love with the town's librarian Marian and work towards being an upstanding citizen. Join us for the family friendly show which contains some of musical theatre's most memorable and classic songs. Show Dates: Friday, April 29 – 7:30 pm Saturday, April 30 – 7:30 pm Sunday, May 1 – 2:30 pm
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The Finishing School for Modern Women presents Genuine Voice in the Spotlight. Whether we realize it or not, making presentations to one person or a crowd is part of our everyday lives. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to express your thoughts more clearly, find your authentic speaking style and overcome your fear with confidence, making presentations to one person or a crowd is part of our everyday lives. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to express your thoughts more clearly, find your authentic speaking style and overcome your fear with confidence. This event takes place from 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 per person.
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The 1st TUE Talk is hosted by CreativeRush every 1st Tuesday of the month. The talks are presented by different artists around Wichita or the surrounding areas. The event is in a question-answer format where the artists talk about different topics within their fields and answer questions from sitting in a patterned red-orange couch. It is a great experience to meet with other creatives in Wichita and learn about what they’re doing in their fields. Doors Open at 6:30 pm. Talk starts at 7:00 pm. $5 Suggested Donation.
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Through the universal language of classical Chinese dance, SHEN YUN takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through 5,000 years of genuine Chinese culture. From ancient dynasties to modern times, about 20 short vignettes in SHEN YUN bring to life timeless myths and legends that have shaped this ancient culture- a culture evoking humanity's wisdom and virtues including integrity, kindness, loyalty, and courage. SHEN YUN's stunning beauty, purity, and energy have left audience members uplifted and inspired. Its profound wisdom, drawn from ancient times, shines a light into the modern-day world. Show Dates & Times: Tuesday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m.
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Let's Caffeinate Wichita! Join 1 Million Cups every Wednesday at WSU Old Town on 238 N. Mead. 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Attendance is free. Doors open at 8:30am. Presentations run from 9 -10am. Each presentation ends with an audience Q&A where the last question is always "What can we as a community do to support you as a startup?" Follow @1millioncupsICT on Twitter. Share #somethingsbrewingict.
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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.
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Through the universal language of classical Chinese dance, SHEN YUN takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through 5,000 years of genuine Chinese culture. From ancient dynasties to modern times, about 20 short vignettes in SHEN YUN bring to life timeless myths and legends that have shaped this ancient culture- a culture evoking humanity's wisdom and virtues including integrity, kindness, loyalty, and courage. SHEN YUN's stunning beauty, purity, and energy have left audience members uplifted and inspired. Its profound wisdom, drawn from ancient times, shines a light into the modern-day world. Show Dates & Times: Tuesday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m.
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The Mountain Gals is a hysterical romp that takes you on a journey to find The Lost Mountain Gals Treasure. Complete with identical twins, a crooked Mayor, and the ever stalwart Hero. Following intermission, enjoy a musical revue featuring music from every decade from the 1950's until today. Including songs by Billy Joel, Wilson Phillips, Etta James, and many more! This show is written and directed by Tom Frye. It will be followed by Spring Through The Ages Musical Comedy Revue. The Mountain Gals stars Angela Geer, Steve Hitchcock, Emily Vargo, Kyle Vespestad, Monte Wheeler, & Kelly Wonstetler. Show Dates: March 31 – May 21, 2016 Show Times: 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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SUSTO is a band started by Justin Osbourne and had had several collaborations between him and various artists. The band was started late 2011. Osbourne began performing solo in South Carolina & Cuba under the name of SUSTO. By August of that year SUSTO began performing as a full band with Osbourne on rhythm guitar, keyboards, & lead vocals, Taylor McCleskey on drums, Eric Mixon on bass and Johnny Delaware on lead guitar and background vocals. The band maintains a moderate tour schedule and a second album is in the works. The show will be opened by Goodnight, Texas. Tickets: $8-10 per person. This event is 21 and over.