Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The WDDC, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series will engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future. Speakers include Carol Coletta, James Chung and Brad Segal. All three keynotes are open to the public. view all >
Union Station
Developers announce $54 Million project
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. view all >
The new WaterWalk Apartments offers flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, delivers 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 >
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 >
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.
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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
Oct 15
When Ann and Warren Tandoc opened their Espresso To Go Go at the Zelman Lofts, part of a wall had to temporarily come down in order for their disco ball to fit.
Oct 15
Les and Courtney Ruthven are close to a decision about what to do with their Commerce Plaza building.
Oct 07
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved 4-1 a tax increment financing district for Union Station downtown.
Oct 07
Though many already consider the Minnesota Guys a distant memory.
Oct 06
On the heels of a deal for the former Walkers Bar & Venue space there’s now a deal for the former Jettys Pizza.
Sept 30
The project is designed to create efficiencies within the building.
Sept 29
Luis “Big Lou” Lopez II is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate.
Tickets On Sale: Friday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets: $17, $27, $37, $52, $97 (Facility Fee included in price. Additional fees may apply.) For the 1st time in over a year the WWE will broadcast to the world from Wichta’s INTRUST Bank Arena on Tuesday, October 21. This will be your chance to see your favorite WWE Superstars including: Dean Ambrose, “Money in the Bank Contract Winner” Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family, The WWE Divas, and much more.
Get an updated headshot at The Labor Party! $35 fee for non-members and free for members. Price includes 5 poses, 1 touch up. Choose from gray or white background.
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.
What do you get when you cross conservatory-trained musicians with raucous bluegrass and the mega-hits of the ‘80s? Love Canon! Think Rocky IV, Cyndi Lauper, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, mandolin and high lonesome vocals. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you dance, it’ll “blind you with science”! The concept for Love Canon originated in 2010 out of an impromptu jam session while founding members Jesse Harper and Adam Larrabee were listening to an ‘80s radio station on a long road trip. What started as a fun side project has evolved into a full-time touring act with a devoted following. Crowds witnessing Love Canon for the first time are blown away by the unexpectedness of hearing their favorite ‘80s songs played with bluegrass instruments. The band puts a completely unique spin on these familiar tunes, and the result really resonates with audiences. As odd as the premise may seem, the band is still rooted in the time-honored bluegrass tradition of putting one’s own spin on someone else’s material; they are just pulling from an unexpected catalog of ‘80s pop hits rather than traditional bluegrass tunes.
2014 Film Series 40th Anniversary Showing of Young Frankenstein oung Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The film is an affectionate parody of the classical horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props were created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein. To further reflect the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black-and-white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s-style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black. The film also features a notable period score by Brooks’ longtime composer John Morris. A critical favorite and box office smash, Young Frankenstein ranks No. 28 on Total Film magazine’s “List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time”, number 56 on Bravo TV’s list of the “100 Funniest Movies”, and number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest American movies. In 2003, it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Annual fundraiser for Children First: CEO Kansas, Inc. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or create your own and compete for the "Best Superhero", the "Funniest Superhero" or the "Worst Superhero." Enjoy heavy horderves and a cash bar while listening to live music by the "Annie Up Band." Check out and bid on fantastic auction items. All this FUN and the opportunity to be a Superhero for middle- and high-school girls by helping to provide a pathway out of poverty by helping them to choose ASTEM careers. The event will take place from 6-9pm. Tickets are $25 Children First: CEO Kansas Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Wichita, Kansas, with a mission to equalize educational opportunities for the children of low-income families. The goal is to provide children with a pathway out of poverty through higher paying jobs. We provide a program for middle- and high-school girls, Future Women in A STEM Career (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, andMath), which works to encourage girls to choose an aviation or STEM related career by getting them involved in activites, technology and experiments that create an interest in ASTEM careers. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink.
Get an updated headshot at The Labor Party! $35 fee for non-members and free for members. Price includes 5 poses, 1 touch up. Choose from gray or white background. Both day and evening times available.
The LUX will be hosting an Open House for the public on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30-7:30pm! View the building. Enjoy the food. See what the buzz is all about! The LUX is a mixed-use redevelopment project in the former KG&E building at First & Market. The 1950's character of the building paired with the goal of LEED Certification and a multitude of amenities, creates a unique sense of community and place in in ‪Downtown Wichita. Learn more about the building at www.theluxliving.com
MIDNIGHT SCREENING (Doors open at 11 p.m. on Friday) Tickets: $8 at the door Participation kits will be available for $4. No outside props allowed. Must be 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult. This notorious horror parody, a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The film, a bizarre musical co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings. Remember to come dressed as Brad, Janet, Frankie or your favorite Transylvanian! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
5:00-8:00pm Details coming soon.