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 >
Revitalizing the Douglas Avenue Underpass
The second public input meeting on the future of the Underpass provided great feedback.
The WDDC was recently awarded a grant from the Knight Foundation through the Wichita Community Foundation in order to derive design concepts that will revitalize the historic Douglas Avenue underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. Both the first and second public input meetings garnered great ideas and perspectives. Have your voice heard by attending the third public input meeting coming up in August at the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. view all >
Corner 365
Garvey Center owner, Builders, Inc., will be constructing 36 new modern apartments in Downtown
Corner 365 is a brand new development project in Downtown at First and Waco just North of the Garvey Center. This new residential project will have 36 one and two bedroom units. Construction is moving along quickly and is set to be completed by the end of 2013. Pre leasing is set to begin soon. view all >
Old Town Farmers' Market
Old Town Farmers' Market supports local growers through a weekly event in Old Town.
Downtown is a place for community. The Old Town Farmers' Market, a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants from local ranches, dairies, farms and nurseries. The market is a vital part of the community and a wonderful way to experience Downtown. Old Town Farmer's Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday, May 3 through October 11, 2014, in the Old Town Farm & Art Market Square located at 1st and Mosley.
WATERWALK APARTMENTS
Currently under construction, the new WaterWalk Apartments will offer flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, will deliver 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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY conceptualizes CITY OWNED CATALYST SITES
K-State illustrates nine visionary urban site plans that build upon the long-range urban framework proposed in the Wichita Downtown Master Plan, Project Downtown.
Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from local design firms, the WDDC was able to sponsor an urban design studio class from Kansas State University for the Spring Semester 2013. view all >
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 >

Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center
When is a building more than just a building? When it fosters collaboration. When it aids creativity. When it impacts the lives of Kansans. This video tells the story behind the concept, vision, design and completion of the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center, the first new construction along the core of Douglas Avenue in 38 years. 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 >
July 17
A consultant hired more than four years ago to research the downtown housing market has updated her original report.
July 17
Downtown planners knew five years ago that the market would be strong for housing.
July 11
Local restaurants will be featured on national television.
July 11
A new retailer attached to the parking garage.
June 27
The mezzanine at the Market Centre at First and Market is once again going to be home to a restaurant.
June 25
Warren Tandoc first spotted it a couple of years ago.
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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.
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July 31 - Tim Howard, Curator of Exhibits Coffee with the Curator is a program designed for the enjoyment of seniors in our community but everyone is welcome to participate in this educational event. Coffee programming occurs the final Thursday of each month. Join the fun, visit with a curator, gain knowledge and drink coffee donated by The Spice Merchant!
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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For six consecutive Friday nights, starting July 11th, WaterWalk will host the KEYN Summer Concert Series. This Wichita summer tradition moved to WaterWalk in 2011 with resounding success as people enjoy beautiful Kansas nights in the WaterWalk Commons and dance to live music from area bands. July 11 - 3 Ring Circus July 18 - King Midas- Bike Night! July 25 - Crosstown Traffic August 1 - Lucky People August 8 - The Funtones August 15 - Across The Pond, Rockin' Horse, & Carson Mac Food and drinks available for purchase. FREE parking in covered parking garage. Bring the family, your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening. Doors open at 6:30. Food sales and pre-concert entertainment begin at 7:00. Band takes the stage at 8:00.
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Three day conference at Century II - 2014 Midwest Catholic Family Conference
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun!
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The Orpheum Theatre is thrilled to announce the introduction of new programming with the Emerging Artist Series. The next artist in the series is The Nearly Deads. Fresh off a Converse Battle of the Bands win at the Journey’s Backyard BBQ in Nashville, TN, and a #14 spot on the Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, The Nearly Deads are primed and ready to explode. The Nashville-based DIY band has created a buzz of their very own, mixing the polished pop vocals of singer Theresa Jeane with aggressive grunge-inspired instrumentals of Steven Tobi, Kevin Koelsch, Javier Garza and Josh Perrone. The Nearly Deads have managed to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Imagine Kelly Clarkson as front-woman of the Foo Fighters. The band, originally formed in Tampa, FL, recently filmed a music video for their song “Never Look Back”. That video lead to a viral outbreak creating over 3 million views on YouTube. Not only did Nashville producer Jon King (Augustana, 3 Pill Morning, Throwing Gravity) record and produce their EP, he also directed the video. The buzz continues to grow every day, partly due to the social networking prowess of the band members themselves. The Deads are truly connected to their fans, and they have built up a “zombie nation” of die-hard supporters. Tickets are $15 General Admission.
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15 - 7:30pm Show begins at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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Join the fun with The Orpheum Theatre while they present the Summer of Sparrow, Pirates of The Caribbean film series! The Orpheum will be showing all four films this summer. July 7 - The Curse of the Black Pearl July 14 - Dead Man's Chest July 28 - At World's End August 4 - On Stranger Tides Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love — or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. Tickets: $5 at the door, $4 students, seniors & military