Development Plan for Downtown Wichita
Consultants: RTKL Associates, Inc., Halcyon Limited, Barton Aschman, Planning Development Services, Inc.
The RTKL plan gave city leaders their first comprehensive guide for improving our downtown. Its success exceeded expectations and provided a foundation upon which improvements have been built. Projects from the RTKL plan included building Century II Expo Hall, Hyatt Regency Convention Center, Downtown Transit Center, Exploration Place and Ice Sports Wichita. Wichita’s cultural and entertainment history was preserved and enhanced with renovations to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Old Town Square, Orpheum Theater and the Eaton Hotel. To improve access to downtown, Main Street became a two-way thoroughfare, McLean Boulevard was relocated and parking garages were built in Old Town. The first leg of a scenic walkway and water wall along the east bank of the Arkansas was completed while landscaping and streetscaping efforts were enhanced. Citizens began to enjoy several beautiful new attractions in the city’s core. Improved signage and a better parking management system began to transform downtown into a pedestrian-friendly urban center with easy access to Old Town, the city’s business district, its government center and the Arkansas River.
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