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 >
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 >
The Douglas
The Douglas project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Douglas, formerly known as 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 >
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 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. 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
In 2014 Wichita City Council 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. Recent repairs have stabilized the structure and will open all nine floors and 434 spaces of the garage once signage and final touches are complete. The rehabilitated and bright garage will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
New Advanced Learning Library
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Advanced Learning Library 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. view all >
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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
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 Clean Up 2016
Thank you to the volunteers that attended the 2016 Downtown Clean Up! Your efforts in working with the City of Wichita Public Works and Park & Recreation Departments have made a positive impact on our community that can be seen along Douglas Ave. and throughout Downtown Wichita.
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 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.
May 03
J.P. Weigand & Sons now serves as the leasing agent for the 125 N. Market building.
Apr 28
Food truck Garden of Eatin’s brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Wichita is within two weeks of opening.
Apr 26
KMUW, 89.1, is moving into its new offices this week at 121 N. Mead.
Apr 20
Lemongrass isn’t the only new business Danny Nguyen is opening in Old Town.
Apr 19
The Wichita City Council wants out of the hotel business.
Apr 18
The Farm Credit Bank Building in downtown Wichita will soon have a new tenant.
Apr 14
Pixius Communications has acquired Hutchinson-based AngelComputing to further expand its presence in Reno County.
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The Mountain Gals is a hysterical romp that takes you on a journey to find The Lost Mountain Gals Treasure. Complete with identical twins, a crooked Mayor, and the ever stalwart Hero. Following intermission, enjoy a musical revue featuring music from every decade from the 1950's until today. Including songs by Billy Joel, Wilson Phillips, Etta James, and many more! This show is written and directed by Tom Frye. It will be followed by Spring Through The Ages Musical Comedy Revue. The Mountain Gals stars Angela Geer, Steve Hitchcock, Emily Vargo, Kyle Vespestad, Monte Wheeler, & Kelly Wonstetler. Show Dates: March 31 – May 21, 2016 Show Times: 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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SUSTO is a band started by Justin Osbourne and had had several collaborations between him and various artists. The band was started late 2011. Osbourne began performing solo in South Carolina & Cuba under the name of SUSTO. By August of that year SUSTO began performing as a full band with Osbourne on rhythm guitar, keyboards, & lead vocals, Taylor McCleskey on drums, Eric Mixon on bass and Johnny Delaware on lead guitar and background vocals. The band maintains a moderate tour schedule and a second album is in the works. The show will be opened by Goodnight, Texas. Tickets: $8-10 per person. This event is 21 and over.
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The Finishing School for Modern Women presents Point, Click, Date: Online Dating for Modern Women. Take out the mystery and ease the anxiety of digital dating, while attracting more fun and romance in your life by learning how to safely meet new people online and take the virtual relationships to reality. This is from 6-8:30 p.m. and is co-taught with Helen Reicher. Tickets: $30 per person.
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Hilarious comedians Roy Haber & Ricky Reyes are co-headlining a show at The Loony Bin Comedy Club. Both Roy & Ricky have been known to make crowds die of laughter. Each of these comedians have their own style and fan base. Come to enjoy an evening of hilarity. Show Dates & Times: Thursday, May 5 (18 & Up): 8:00 p.m. - $8 Friday, May 6 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. - $12 Saturday, May 7 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. - $12
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Step back in time to the days of Carrie Nation, Wyatt Earp and the early aviation pioneers. Learn about Wichita’s colorful and storied history from our knowledgeable guide. The 1 1/2 hour narrated tour winds along the Arkansas River and throughout the Delano area into downtown, Midtown and Old Town to some of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods. Relax aboard our air-conditioned 1925-style trolley. The Discover Historic Wichita Trolley Tour has something for all ages to enjoy. The tours begin at the Waterwalk on the westside of the Waterwalk. Maximum capacity is 28 passengers (wheelchair accessible trolley is available only by advance notice). Tours are offered year round with groups of 20 or more. Tour Dates: April – July Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Price: $15 per person, children under 5 years accompanied by an adult ride free. Please call for group information. Tours must be paid prior to tour date, unless prior arrangements have been confirmed. Reservations are required.
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A three-day, multifaceted event and conference with presentations by the world’s leading experts in the study of the electric guitar. Details to follow! Part of the Historical Museum exhibit The Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument. The electric guitar may have been born in Los Angeles, California, but it was launched from Wichita (that’s right – Wichita!) in October of 1932. The Historical Museum has received international recognition for its research and exhibits devoted to the electric guitar over the past decade. Learn about Wichita’s surprising role in electric guitar history through this specially curated exhibit featuring rare guitars from notable collections, including what experts have recently agreed “may well be the most historically important guitar ever made . . . the first modern electric guitar.” Event Dates: May 6-8 from 1:00-5:00 pm.
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The neo-carnival rock n' roll group, based out of Lexington, KY produce a sound that harkens back to a by-gone era of gypsy caravans and rail-riding hobos. This, married with blistering progressive rock technicality and heavy punk, is all brought together under multiple vocalists that are a study of compliment and contrast. It all manifests as an auditory spectacle that is both well-timed and well-executed. The result is compellingly jarring, featuring narrative lyrics and theatrically-matched music; all wrapped up in a deliriously raucous stage show. FTR feverishly pulls you to your feet and drives you to dance, thrash, and shout - all in all, undoubtedly one of the most bizarre and fascinating acts likely to be seen anywhere on Earth! Ticket Prices: $7 per person This event is 21 and over
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Party of One is an original musical revue about being single. The tone is mostly humorous, but, at times touching and poignant. The songs and sketches focus on such topics as the frustrations of dating, relationships, making connections, communicating, the pressures to hook up with another, discrimination against singles and the joys and rewards of singlehood. It presents the views of both sexes. The tone is upbeat and fun. Audiences relate to it. Party of One appeals to audiences of all demographic groups, being a show "for everyone who is, or has ever been, single." Ticket Prices: Friday & Saturday Performances: $30 Show Only Premium Seating (You choose your seats) $26 Show Only General Admission (They choose your seats) $20 Show Only Cheap Seats (Limited in number and closer to the bar) Thursday & Sunday Matinee Performances: $30 Show Only Premium Seating (You choose your seats) $27 Show Only General Admission (We choose your seats) $20 Show Only Cheap Seats (Limited in number and close to the bar) Tickets are paid at time of reservation or at door. $15 Dinner. Dinner is paid at the end of the evening to your wait staff.
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The Mountain Gals is a hysterical romp that takes you on a journey to find The Lost Mountain Gals Treasure. Complete with identical twins, a crooked Mayor, and the ever stalwart Hero. Following intermission, enjoy a musical revue featuring music from every decade from the 1950's until today. Including songs by Billy Joel, Wilson Phillips, Etta James, and many more! This show is written and directed by Tom Frye. It will be followed by Spring Through The Ages Musical Comedy Revue. The Mountain Gals stars Angela Geer, Steve Hitchcock, Emily Vargo, Kyle Vespestad, Monte Wheeler, & Kelly Wonstetler. Show Dates: March 31 – May 21, 2016 Show Times: 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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After nearly 7 years living in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, a small town near Venice, Johnny Sutton began noticing beautiful street art while traveling throughout Italy. Taking photos when he could, he soon realized that eventually much of the street art that he saw would not be visible in the future. He noticed that some of the street art was either painted over, weathered away, the wall had collapsed, or was completely covered by vegetation. From his small collection of photos that he had, he decided he wanted to share the lost art that he had seen throughout his stay there. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Conversation with Zack Gaylord Gingrich, from KMUW, occurs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This exhibition will be open through May 27, 2016 by appointment only.