Project Downtown

Charting Our Progress

The journey to derive Project DowntownThe Master Plan for Wichita has and continues to be very exciting.  Below is an overview of benchmarks achieved:

See a list of current and past projects since Project Downtown's adoption

For an update of progress since the implantation of Project Downtown, visit our Supporting Documents page

December 14, 2010 - The Wichita City Council unanimously adopted Project Downtown.

November 18, 2010 - The Metropolitan Planning Commission unanimously adopted Project Downtown.

September 28, 2010 - A milestone in our community’s history has begun. Your input has helped shape the plan and the future of our Downtown. Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita was presented on September 28th at the Bank of American building.

July 2010 - The draft Master Plan was presented to communities in and around Wichita through Neighborhood Community Outreach Meeting. This was an opportunity to provide feedback to the Goody Clancy team as they prepared the fi¬nal plan document.

  • July 7: Atwater Neighborhood City Hall (2755 E. 19th St. N.)
  • July 8: Evergreen Library (2601 N. Arkansas)
  • July 12: Haysville Public Library (210 S. Hays)
  • July 13: Bel Aire City Hall (7651 E. Central Park Ave.)
  • July 14: Derby City Hall (611 Mulberry)
  • July 19: 1st United Methodist Church (330 N. Broadway) Meredith Room
  • July 20: WSU Metroplex (5015 E. 29th St. N.) Entrance C
  • July 21: Sedgwick County Extension (7001 W. 21st St.)

June 14, 2010 - Goody Clancy presented the Draft Downtown Master Plan at the Scottish Rite. The draft included conceptual ideas for housing, retail, commercial office, parking, cultural arts, and transportation options. The following day, three workshops were held regarding Downtown Development, Transportation, and Unique Downtown Places.

April 29, 2010 - Goody Clancy returned to present the first look at proposed catalytic projects for Downtown Wichita. These projects offered proposals for housing, retail, commercial office, hotels, parking, cultural arts, transportation, etc. They derived these projects from the market research, input from individual/community/stakeholder meetings and the charrette.

February 27, 2010 – Over 100 individuals from the community joined Goody Clancy at the Wichita Art Museum for the Downtown Master Plan Charrette. This was a cornerstone event that provided key hands on visioning for the Master Plan.

February 25, 2010 - The WDDC was pleased to welcome Mr. Jim Cloar as the 2010 Annul Lecture guest lecturer. Mr. Cloar is noted for his work in the cities of Tampa, Florida - sports arena development; Dallas, Texas - Arts District Development; and St. Louis Missouri - downtown residential and retail. The lecture focused on how to take a master plan from the vision to implementation.

January 13, 2010 - The Goody Clancy team hosted "Downtown Market Findings" where they presented initial findings from the downtown master plan research on housing, retail and overall commercial market opportunities, along with input from a panel of business and community leaders.

December 4-5, 2009 - The Goody Clancy team hosted two walk-shops. A walk-shop is an opportunity to look at the surroundings in Downtown Wichita with fresh and critical eyes to begin contemplating a vision for the Downtown Revitalization Master Plan.

October 14-16, 2009 - The Goody Clancy team began their work by traveling with the delegation attending the City to City visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

October 13, 2009 – The Wichita City Council unanimously approved the Goody Clancy contract, marking the official start of the agreement with Goody Clancy.

September 25, 2009 - Goody Clancy selected as design team for Downtown Master Plan.

September 22-23, 2009 - Final four firms conduct public presentation interviews.

July 2009 - The City issues an invitation to four firms to provide a response to a Request for Proposals: Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, Crandall Arambula, Goody Clancy, Looney Ricks Kiss.

July 2009 - The City receives 32 responses to the RFQ. The firms represent local, regional and national interests.

June 2009 - The City of Wichita in partnership with the WDDC and private sector release a national Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

April 2009 - The City of Wichita matches the $175,000 in seed capital and also commits $50,000 in a FTA Transportation Grant. The WDDC initiates the private sector fund development.

April 2009 - The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) allocates $175,000 in seed capital for a new Downtown Master Plan. The organization challenges the City of Wichita to match the funds. The organization also commits to raising an additional $100,000 in private sector funding.

March 2009 - Mayor Brewer and the City Council released a commissioned case study, The Case for Downtown Revitaliation.  The case study showed the need for a Downtown Master Plan.  This case study was then given to a Downtown Steering Committee, formed by Mayor Brewer whose purposes inlcude: (1) advance a Downtown Master Plan, (2) provide recommendations for the plan and (3) oversee the preparation of the plan.

March 2009 - The inaugural Annual Lecture is held with guest lecturer, Alexander Garvin, who captivates over 500 individuals from the Wichita community. His lecture focuses on his book “American Cities, What Works and What Doesn't.” The lecture increases the awareness of the importance of Downtown Wichita in the overall development of our community.

November 2008 - The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation announces it will initiate a new annual lecture series focusing on Downtown. The goal of the series is to bring national speakers to Wichita each year to discuss pertinent issues facing our Downtown's development.

Goody Clancy's Presentation: Part 1
Goody Clancy's Presentation: Part 2
Goody Clancy's Presentation: Part 3
Goody Clancy's Presentation: Part 4
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