New Central Library & Advanced Learning Center
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Central Library and Advanced Learning Center was recently approved and will be constructed on the southwest corner of Second and McLean across from Exploration Place. The plans for the project include a multitude of flexible community meeting spaces that can function independently or together along with a large meeting room that will have seating for up to 300 people. Technology will include over 100 computers and charging stations, which will be available for public use. Groundbreaking on the new site could be as early as this summer.
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress Video
Celebrating catalytic progress in 2015 and beyond
This is a dynamic era in the development of Downtown Wichita. The implementation strategies identified in Project Downtown are providing the framework to develop a nationally recognized Downtown and region. In 2015, $180 million of development was initiated along Downtown's postcard avenue, Douglas Avenue. Last year, residential project announcements set the stage to double the core's resident population. With these key developments, and many more, the Downtown envisioned in Project Downtown is becoming a reality. Looking forward, there is increased local, regional and national interest in the transformation in Downtown and how Wichita approaches regional development. view all >
The Flats 324 Expansion
72 new residential units are under construction at the corner of 3rd and St. Francis in Downtown Wichita
As demand for Downtown living increases, and the St. Francis Street corridor continues to see progress, developers have invested in an expansion of the existing Flats 324 residential property. This new $7 million ground-up development will expand east on an empty parking lot adjacent to the existing building. Key Construction is the general contractor for the project and Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect. view all >
COrTen at 100 S. Market
Transformation on the southeast corner of Douglas and Market is now complete
The former Merrill Lynch Building at Douglas and Market has undergone a major interior and exterior transformation in Downtown Wichita! The newly named COrTen building has flexible leases in order to adapt to the needs of growing companies. The building now features a shared conference room, coffee bar and workout center. Its first tenant, Cassandra Bryan Design has moved in and is occupying the majority of the first floor.
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 >
River Vista
A new residential development project for Project Downtown's Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River
River Vista, a planned residential development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, parking and a possible hotel. This project will activate the river through riverfront improvements as well as a Boats & Bikes concept that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors along the river. view all >
Progress is Underway at 520Commerce
Project renovations have begun at the former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses in the Commerce Arts District in Downtown Wichita
Epoch Developments, LLC has begun renovations on a set of buildings at 518-520 S. Commerce in Downtown Wichita. The newly named 520Commerce is a mixed-use property in the Commerce Arts District will include 22 lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. view all >
Pop-Up Urban Park
The temporary Pop-Up Urban Park is now open in Downtown
"The Hole" along Douglas has been filled and transformed into a temporary Pop-Up Urban Park in the core of Downtown Wichita! The new park provides an opportunity for nearby office workers and residents to enjoy food trucks in the park, participate in outdoor activities, and connect with one another to foster community spirit. On Friday, September 25, the public gathered at the site to celebrate the grand opening of the park with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food trucks, and live music. The park will be activated daily with food trucks and other activities. Keep up-to-date by following ICT Pop-Up Park on Facebook. view all >
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
Seventy new residential units coming to Central and Waco in Downtown
Seventy new apartment units are under construction at Central and Waco. The new property will build on the continued success of the Downtown residential market. With close proximity to the major employers in Downtown and nearby Riverside Park and Arkansas River bike paths, the new loft apartments will offer an additional urban alternative for the community. Resident amenities will include a tenant clubhouse with a lounge gathering space with flat screen TVs, a bike share program for residents to enjoy nearby bike paths and Riverside Park and more. view all >
Progress on Parking at Market & William
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 434 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. View a video of construction progress under the "Media" tab.
Exchange Place
A $66 million development project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Exchange Place project will revitalize two empty, deteriorating buildings - the pink marbled Exchange Building and the white brick Bitting Building on the northeast and northwest corners of Douglas and Market. The project includes 230 residential units on Douglas Avenue, along with commercial and retail space on the ground floor. In addition, the project will incorporate a new 273-space parking garage with ground floor retail, residential and commercial space in the adjacent non-developed Douglas Avenue frontage. The new infill development will replace the existing Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
2015 State of Downtown Report
Economic data documenting the transformation of our City center
2014 was a transformational year for Downtown Wichita. Over 260 new residential units opened, boosting the Downtown population to 1,872 people, and 550 residential units are currently under construction or in planning. Over $30 million of investment by the private and public sectors positioned Downtown for expanded growth in 2015 and beyond. Property values continue on a positive trend upwards since the implementation of Project Downtown in 2010. The 2015 State of Downtown Report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate. It is intended to be a reference tool for research or project due diligence for those developing in Downtown Wichita. view all >
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress
In 2015, $180 million of development was initiated along Downtown's postcard avenue, Douglas Avenue. Last year, residential project announcements set the stage to double the core's resident population. With these key developments, and many more, the Downtown envisioned in Project Downtown is becoming a reality.
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
The transformation of "The Hole" on Douglas Ave. into the Pop-Up Urban Park is now complete! To celebrate, the WDDC held a community Grand Opening on September 25.
Downtown Wichita: A year in review
A review of 2009/2010 in Downtown Wichita. This video was originally presented at the 2010 WDDC Annual Lecture.
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
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.
Feb 12
A long-closed downtown parking garage is back in operation.
Feb 11
City and county stakeholders and business leaders aren’t taking lightly a sobering report from a Harvard-trained analyst.
Feb 03
Wichita will gets its first taste of the 1 Million Cups event next week, but organizers hope it leads to a flood of entrepreneurial companies in years to come.
Feb 02
The Wichita City Council chambers erupted in applause Tuesday.
Jan 26
Wichita Festivals on Tuesday released figures showing growth at its two flagship events – Riverfest and Autumn & Art – in 2015.
Jan 26
Jill Miller is putting the finishing touches on her Finishing School for Modern Women.
Jan 19
Another piece of the Union Station development will open next week.
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Support local merchants, and save money on the second Saturday of every month. Simply purchase a re-usable 2nd Saturday shopping bag or keycard and tag for $5 and receive discounts at any of the participating merchants located in the Douglas Design District, Delano, Downtown and Old Town. Check the 2nd Saturday website monthly to see where you can save!
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Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. Guthrie will perform his most prominent work in its entirety each night on the tour, as well as selections from every full-length studio album he’s released since his debut. Reserved Ticket Prices: $45 Balcony $55 Orchestra Rows L-W $65 Orchestra Rows B-K $85 Front Row
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A panel of local marketing and public relations professionals and business owners will discuss what web-based platforms artists should be using (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc.), how to market on a shoestring budget and how to create interest and how to tell the artist’s story. This series is designed to provide local and regional artists with opportunities to grow professionally and connect with local experts through panel discussions and networking opportunities. Topics were chosen based upon survey results from nearly 90 local artists. All sessions are free and open to the public.
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Game: Saturday, February 13 at 7:05 pm Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $11, $20, $23, $28, $34 Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $9, $18, $21, $26, $34
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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 Little Miss Moonshine, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers, followed by Bangin’ 90’s & Beyond Musical Comedy Review. Show stars Molly Tully, Dylan Lewis, Megan Parsley, Kelly Wonstetler, Damian Padilla, & Alex Castaneda. Show Dates: February 4 – March 26 Showtimes: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Doors open at 6:00 pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30 pm. Show at 7:50 pm.
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The Wichita Area Builders Association has been producing the Home Show for 62 years. It maintains its popularity because people know that they can see just about every home related product in one location. As we always say, it's the largest window shopping spree around with over 275 exhibiting companies. A large array of exhibitors will be there showcasing products such as new homes, remodeling contractors, storm shelters, hot tubs, fireplaces, heating & air conditioning, financing, windows, lighting fixtures, sprinkling systems, kitchen utensils, and much more! There will be free parking and shuttle services provided at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. Show Dates: Thursday, February 11 - 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, February 12 - 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday, February 13 - 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday, February 14 - 10:00 – 5:00 pm Ticket Prices: Adults: $8 Children (6-12): $3 Seniors (65+): $6
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On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform in Otello. Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. Performances at Venue 332 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center Show Dates and Time : Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 5 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2pm and 8pm Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8pm Friday, Feb. 12 at 8pm Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2pm and 8pm
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A theatrical parody of the beloved series, The Golden Girls, starring Wichita favorite comedian/actors: John Bates, Tom Frye, Kyle Vespestad, and Monte Wheeler. Doors Open – 6:30 pm Dinner Served – 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm Show – 8:00 pm Ticket Pricing Limited Economy Seating - $20 Standard Seating - $27 Premium Seating (You choose your seats) - $30 Full bar service, expanded appetizer and dessert menu available. 18 to enter, 21 to drink
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Key began stand-up comedy at the age of 19 as the house MC for the Amarillo Comedy Club. Frustrated at the limitations for success in a small town and desperate to find another way, she set out to try open mic night at the local comedy club. She was told she was too young to get into the club. The owners eventually softened, let her on stage, and instantly realized her potential. She was offered a standing M.C. position which she took advantage of week after week. In January 2006, the Amarillo Comedy Club shut down after the death of co-owner, comedian, and Key's mentor, Kelly Moran. Following the club's closing, she moved to San Marcos, Texas to pursue comedy in the Austin scene. Three months after moving to San Marcos, she auditioned for Last Comic Standing and was chosen to make the house. After several episodes, she finished 6th of thousands and has since been heard on XM and Sirius Satellite radio, is a regular on The Bob & Tom Show, has been seen on Comics Unleashed as well as many major networks including VH-1, Bravo, TV Guide Channel, and Fox Reality. She now lives in Long Beach, California touring and pursuing various ventures in television. Rated R. 18 & Up Show Dates & Times: Thursday, February 11, at 8:00 pm - $8 per person Sunday, February 14 at 7:00 pm - $15 per person 21 & Up Show Dates & Times: Friday, February 12 at 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm - $12 per person Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm - $12 per person Special Engagement – No coupons or passes will be accepted.
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Fiber Studio is hosting an opening artist reception on Saturday, February 13. David Self, ceramicist, & Marilyn Grisham, fiber/mixed media artist, will be exhibiting their work at Fiber Studio from February 13 – March 4. The exhibit will be open each Friday & Saturday from 1:00-4:00 pm, and also by appointment. Intrust Bank Arena will be having an event that same evening, so plan to park on the east/back side off of Waterman. Enter the Fiber Studio through the back door. Watch for the sign on the fenced back yard and south gate. The event will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.