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 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.
TURN UP THAT DIAL...from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves - filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awardsֲ® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS, which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tonyֲ®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE) and a Tonyֲ®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tonyֲ® nominee Christopher Ashley (XANADU), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (JERSEY BOYS). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination - what AP calls "The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be."
60th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, shown on 35mm film and presented by The Orpheum and Emprise Bank. Rear Window is a 1954 American suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival. This film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best. Tickets available at the door $5 for General Admission, $4 for seniors, military and students.
You can help plan for Bike Month 2014 in Wichita! The next meeting of the Bike Month Planning Committee is scheduled for April 17th at 5 pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room at City Arts (334 N. Mead). The Bike Month Planning Committee meetings are being coordinated by the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita and Bike Walk Wichita.
Join the fun at Live at 215 as Loony Bin presents The Chinaman! Show starts at 8pm, seating 1 hour prior to show. As a young college student, mild mannered Mark Britten was known to frequent the local comedy open mic nights. One drab night, after an uninspiring audience reaction, Mark stumbled into a Chinese restaurant to drown his depression. At that moment, he unwittingly became the recipient of a radioactive PuPu platter, changing his life forever. The exposure infused his vocal cords with supernatural resonation, transforming him into... THE CHINAMAN
Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky & Hutchinson April 3 - May 24 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors Open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50 pm Dinner provided by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
Sweet Southern Comfort & Rock 'n' Roll starring Christi Moore and featuring Rich, Ron, John, and Steve, the Cabaret Oldtown Band Regular show schedule is Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm (Thursdays based on advanced ticket sales) Tickets are $20.00 and reservations are requested, Doors open 7pm
Celtic Woman - The Emerald Tour is an all-new stage production that will celebrate Ireland and the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour will showcase inspiring performances of timeless music with the unforgettable, angelic voices of Celtic Woman.
Come see musical group, Drive-By Truckers, perform live at The Orpheum! Based out of Athens, Georgia, Drive-By Truckers released their 12th album, English Oceans, in early March. The band delivers music that is elegantly balanced and deeply engaged.
The all-new stage production will celebrate Ireland and the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. Buy tickets at
Join in on classes at Mrs. O'Leary's! "Tintyped the Artful Bookshelf" will allow to you make a handmade book featuring a surprising binding, letter stamping into metal, a patina and making faux tin types. Cost of two day class is $120, $45 for samples of metals using the Patina system only, $40 for tintypes only Two day class schedule: Friday April 18, 5:30-9pm, Saturday April 19, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:15-5pm Patina system samples: Friday April 18, 6-9pm Tintype only: Saturday April 19, 9:30am-12:30pm Class registration info: Email to put your name on the list, but you must call the store to put a credit card on hold for your spot to be saved.