Westar Energy renews sponsorship for 2015 WDDC Design Internship Program
Westar Energy partners with WDDC to engage students in revitalizing Downtown Wichita
For the forth consecutive year Westar Energy will sponsor the WDDC's Design Internship Program. This experience provides opportunities for a student to work directly with developers, City officials and other business professionals on design concepts for actual projects that will enhance and revitalize the urban core. Westar's commitment contributes to the continuing education and engagement of young talent through the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. view all >
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 >
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.
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 >
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.
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!
MODERN. DOWNTOWN. LIVING.
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 >
Dec 18
A power company is once again going to be home in the building that Kansas Gas & Electric built in 1953 at the northwest corner of First and Market.
Dec 16
The developers of River Vista could be adding a hotel to their planned residential and mixed-use development.
Dec 16
Regus, an international firm that provides flexible workspaces, plans to enter the Wichita market with two locations.
Dec 14
Four years ago, the Wichita City Council unanimously adopted Project Downtown, the master plan for Wichita.
Dec 11
Gary Oborny’s real estate company on Thursday officially marked the start of a $54 million renovation and expansion.
Dec 10
There’s some work going on that’s attracting attention at the Merrill Lynch building.
Dec 10
This week, Lou’s Charcuteria and Cocktails opened in the Walker’s space.
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Game: Sunday, December 21 at 5:05 p.m. Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $14, $20, $25, $28, $34 Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $12, $18, $23, $25, $32
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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. Ticket Prices; Thursday Evening & Saturday Matinee $23, Friday & Saturday Evenings $25.
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Experience the Magic! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group's annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don't miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!
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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
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Ticket price: $22 The Santaland Diaries is a hilarious one-man send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. This show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas - the happy children, the spritely elves, the gifts, the good cheer. Sedaris’ character, Crumpet the Elf, shows us the other side of what it’s like to work at Santaland, and the result is bawdy and irreverent, but always fun. Cindy Summers opens the evening and offers up her favorite Holiday songs highlighting three of her favorite female voices, Karen Carpenter, Judy Garland, and Patsy Cline. Appetizers and drinks only (no dinner) will be served for SANTALAND DIARIES performances. Sunday doors open at 5:30 with show at 7:00 pm. Tuesday doors open at 6:30 with show at 8:00pm.
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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
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Bloomfield Carillon Concert. Just outside of the Historical Museum. Free and open to the public. From noon - 1:00pm
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The 15th Annual Brett Valliant Christmas Concert is a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! Admission is a donation for the maintenance of the organ.
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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
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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.