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. This project provides a creative, interim solution for the site until new development can take place. Seeing this site improved will be both a psychological and physical transformation for the community. view all >
Final Friday Art Crawl on Nov. 28
Enjoy a night of art in Downtown Wichita with Final Friday
From Commerce Street to Old Town and everything in between, Wichita is home to a plethora of unique art galleries and talented artists. Final Friday is an opportunity to view and purchase great art in Wichita. All galleries are free and open to the public. view all >
Union Station Groundbreaking on Dec. 11!
Event planned to celebrate 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. To celebrate this catalytic project in Downtown Wichita, a Ground Breaking & 100 Year Anniversary event will be held on Dec. 11. 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 >
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.
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.
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 >
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 >
Nov 24
The Knight Foundation Fund is providing more than $296,000 in grant funding for three Wichita projects.
Nov 24
The latest apartment project for Old Town developer Dave Burk is now open.
Nov 17
Wichita has been selected as a preliminary round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Intrust Bank Arena.
Nov 12
The owner of Union Station said it will host a ceremony next month to mark the start of its $54 million renovation and expansion.
Nov 10
Wichita is a friendly, family-oriented community with a lot to offer.
Nov 06
On the heels of Taste and See’s one-year anniversary in Old Town, chef Jason Febres is working on a second venue.
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.
Bloomfield Carillon Concert. Free and open to the public. From Noon-1pm
Game: Wednesday, November 26 at 7:05 p.m. Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $14, $20, $25, $28, $34, Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $12, $18, $23, $25, $32
Presented by The Looney Bin. Tickets $8 10 of Wichita's finest funny people will battle it out under the pressures of a big audience, bright stage lights and great judges.
As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Qline trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.
Visitors and the community are encouraged to walk or drive through beautiful light displays in Downtown Wichita at WaterWalk. Lights will be open from sundown through 10 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 25. Entry to the lights on South Water Street from Waterman to Dewey. This event is free and open to the public.
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 A Bad Christmas Carol or Scrooge You, written and directed by Tom Frye followed by Mistletoe Mayhem Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Steve Hitchcock, Nathan Houseman, Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell and Patty Reeder. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm. Show runs through December 30, 2014
Ticket price: $22 (show only), $32 (dinner and show) Starring Kyle Vespestad, Don Winsor, Ben Balleau, and special New York guest, Joe Boover. Based on the musical, FOREVER PLAID, PLAID TIDINGS is a brand new show to Wichita that offers the best of FOREVER PLAID tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on the top. This is a funny musical revue chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies! Dinner will be catered throughout the Christmas season by Mediterranean Grill. The house opens at 6:30 for dinner and for drinks and appetizers. Dinner is served from 6:30 until 7:30, appetizers and desert are served from 6:30 until 9:30. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show.
Presented by The Looney Bin Comedy Club. Michael Mack has made scores of people laugh as hard as humanly possible. A common quote for people leaving Mack's show is "My face hurts!" Another is "Where's the restroom?" He brilliantly uses music, light, impressions, and parodies to produce a show starting in fun and ending with the crowd coming out of their seats in amazement. Two shows on both Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Tickets $15.
Tickets: $20 General Admission Start the Christmas Season off right by joining us for the 7th annual Christmas Express Holiday Concert, a Rockin’ Holiday concert for the whole family! Wichita’s best musicians donate their time to entertain you with Christmas favorites played in ways you’ll love to hear; everything from blues and gospel to rock, jazz & classical. A visit from Santa Claus will make sure that all in attendance get plenty of Holiday Cheer! And the BEST PART, your $20 ticket is tax deductable as 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children and the local Midian Shrine Transportation Fund!