2016 State of Downtown Report
Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita continues to drive investment and interest in the urban core.
The State of Downtown report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The document covers activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and arts and culture, and is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in Downtown real estate. 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 >
Broadway Autopark Apartments
Empty parking garage will transform into 44 residential units
The vacant parking garage at 303 S. Broadway will be transformed into 44 new residential units. The apartments will feature a mid-century modern style, embracing the unique aspects of the parking garage. Tenants will have secure front door parking, outdoor patios and more. Estimated completion is late 2017. view all >
New Advanced Learning Library
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on-site Wednesday, July 6 to celebrate the beginning of this $33 million project.
The Wichita Public Library and the City of Wichita broke ground on the new Advanced Learning Library on Wednesday, July 6. The new library will be constructed on the southwest corner of Second and McLean across from Exploration Place. 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. view all >
Union Station: Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 will soon be underway
$54 million renovation planned for historic Downtown property, Phase One complete
The first phase of renovations on one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings has recently been completed. Construction will soon begin for the second phase of the project. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion for the Downtown Union Station project. This project is key in enhancing walkability between INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town. view all >
The Flats 324 Expansion
73 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 240 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 >
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 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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
New Downtown Wichita Residential Summer 2016
The Douglas at Market and Douglas
The Douglas is driving momentum at the corner of Douglas and Market. This project will revitalize two empty buildings and construct a new parking garage in 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.
People-First Design Project
Temporary placemaking initiative located at Douglas and Main in Downtown Wichita
Aug 25
Jason Gregory, executive vice president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., says there is plenty to be excited about in the city’s core.
Aug 25
The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will move to a new location next month.
Aug 24
Sedgwick County commissioners weighed in with mixed opinions Wednesday on Intrust Bank Arena’s $2 million request to upgrade its northern entrance.
Aug 23
Wichita police and the city attorney�s office are proposing new rules to expand an ongoing crime crackdown in Old Town.
Aug 22
Vigilias Telehealth is establishing its corporate headquarters in the 125 N. Market office building downtown.
Aug 22
Intrust Bank Arena’s entrance closest to Old Town could get an upgrade before the arena hosts March Madness in 2018.
Aug 16
Wells Fargo Advisors is considering selling its building at 300 S. Main.
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Ages 3 - 5 Investigate, discover and question with your Kansas Kid and encounter the wonder of our world – it’s science for preschoolers! Read a story, take part in dramatic play and hands-on science experiments, plus experience a special activity in the exhibits and more. Parents will receive a newsletter linked to the class’s monthly theme. September: Sensory Science Sept. 9 Sight Sept. 16 Sounds Sept. 23 Smell & Taste Sept. 30 Touch October: Fall and Halloween Oct. 7 Color Changing Leaves Oct. 14 Cornfields and Scarecrows Oct. 21 Apples and Pumpkins Oct. 28 Halloween Creatures November: Super STEM Nov. 4 Science Nov. 11 Technology Nov. 18 Engineering Nov. 25 Math December: Holidays Dec. 2 Cookies Dec. 9 Light and Sounds Dec. 16 Ornaments and Shapes Dec. 23 Winter Sky Dec. 30 New Year’s Eve
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Dive underwater with astronauts as they train to live and work in outer space. This live-action film documents microgravity simulation at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base. No general museum admission is needed to do the dome.
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Unlike any other dinosaur exhibit you’ve seen here, control 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics, inspired by actual fossils. Along the way, you’ll go on an apprentice’s journey to learn about art, science and innovation that ends in a journeyman’s workshop. Included in general museum admission, free for members. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions.
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Soar the prehistoric skies with the flying reptiles of the dinosaur world, the pterosaurs. Uncover how this creature, the size of a giraffe, with a wing span similar to a modern day jet plane, can fly. Narrated by David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist. Dome prices apply.
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Every Wednesday evening is $5 movie night at the Warren Theatre in Old Town. No other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted on Wednesdays. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00.
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Entrepreneurs present their companies and innovative ideas to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators and advisors. Each presenter has six minutes followed by a question-and-answer session.
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What happens at Cowtown when the sun goes down and the lamps come on? Well, now you’ll get to discover the answer for yourself during the whole month of August as we shift our hours to the evenings.Cowtown will be open from 2-9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 4-9pm on Sundays. During this time, we will have our interpreters and volunteers going about the regular chores and activities of the 1875 night life. The Delano district will come alive as we explore the darker side of early Wichita.We’ll have activities for a wide range of people. We’ll have alcohol available certain nights and bands will come out to perform. We will also have family movie nights. And as always, we’ll have gunfights with some cowboys! So get ready to experience Cowtown like you never have before!Sundays - Family Movie NightTuesdays & Wednesdays - Family NightThursdays - Craft Beer and Music Night (Beer & Bands)Fridays - Ghost Tours NightSaturdays - Concert Night
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Needle Art Exhibit is exhibited by Needle Arts Guild of Wichita, the local chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America.
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Students are auditioned and chosen to take part in the Opera Academy of the Midwest, a young artist program held by Wichita Grand Opera. During this OAM Period, students will work with a professional cast and production crew to help transition from the educational world to the professional world.
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Join us to help children with this disease at the Art for Arthritis Preview Show. Then purchase tickets for the Auction Gala at Scottish Rite Center on September 24, 2016