Downtown Living Tour
March 29
The Downtown Wichita residential market is booming and to highlight the growth, and the distinctive living spaces available in Downtown, we're presenting the Downtown Living Tour on Sunday, March 29 from 1-5pm. The Downtown Living Tour is a free open house event for everyone to enjoy. Participating residential properties will welcome visitors to view units and amenities. In addition, the WDDC offices will be open for a sneak peek of Downtown's newest upcoming residential properties. 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 550 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. View a video of construction progress under the "Media" tab.
INTRUST Bank Arena Celebrates Five Years
The Arena celebrates five successful years increasing the quality of life for Wichitans, creating memories, and providing world-class entertainment.
Five years ago, construction was completed on a 15,004-seat arena in the heart of Wichita through a community driven one-cent sales tax increase. It has been ranked the 7th busiest arena in the United States according to Venues Today 2014 Top Stops. Most recently, the NCAA awarded Wichita as one of the eight sites for the 2018 First and Second Round Men's Basketball Championship. This event will create an estimated $10 million economic impact for the Wichita community. To kick-off the five year anniversary, a 5th Anniversary Concert Series is planned, a newly designed website has been launched for the venue, and commemorative ticket stock and souvenir cups will be used during arena events.
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 >
Knight Foundation Grant will transform “The Hole” on Douglas Avenue
Grant opportunity will transform eyesore and change perceptions
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. This grant provides the resources to transform and activate an eyesore in the core of our City. Recently, the WDDC hosted a design charrette, which engaged Kansas State University design students along with local design professionals, developers, business owners and residents to further develop the plan for the Pop-Up Urban Park. 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.
River Vista, a planned residential and mixed-use development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 154-unit apartment building, commercial space, 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. view all >
Westar Energy renews sponsorship for 2015 WDDC Design Internship Program
Westar Energy partners with WDDC to engage students in revitalizing Downtown Wichita
For the fourth consecutive year Westar Energy will sponsor the WDDC's Design Internship Program. This experience provides opportunities for a student to work directly with developers, City officials and other business professionals on design concepts for actual projects that will enhance and revitalize the urban core. Westar's commitment contributes to the continuing education and engagement of young talent through the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. view all >
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.
Douglas Ave Underpass
Final designs will help transform this key connector between Douglas Avenue, INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town
Final schematic designs for the Douglas Ave Underpass were recently released at a public open house. Through a grant received by the WDDC from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation, LawKingdon architecture was able to derive design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view all >
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 >
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 >
Downtown Living Tour
Explore exciting Downtown living options during the free public Downtown Living Tour, Sunday, March 29th from 1-5pm. view story >
Parking at Market &William Renovation
Progress continues on the renovation of the former Macy's Garage, now known as Parking at Market & William. This project will open up 550 spaces which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. view story >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
LawKingdon derived design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view story >
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 >

Mar 25
Anyone considering moving to downtown Wichita will have a chance to see inside nine different properties in one afternoon on Sunday.
Mar 24
The Wichita Community Foundation is brining back a 24-hour fundraiser.
Mar 13
What had been a disappointment for Harvester Arts has turned into something fortuitous.
Mar 13
As prices come down and the overall market improves, development around Intrust Bank Arena downtown is beginning to shake loose.
Mar 12
Former Sweet Basil partner has plans to open a new Italian restaurant.
Mar 11
Developer firms up plans for a new project in the Commerce Street arts district.
Mar 11
Finding Lou’s Charcuteria and Cocktails in Old Town felt like finding the final prize in a scavenger hunt.
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ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. The show features all the hits of Patsy Cline on stage with a full band that will set you feet a'tapping, your hands a'clapping, and your heart a'singing. Starring Cindy Summers and Christine Tasheff $25 Show Tickets 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show
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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 My Sweetheart is Smokin' Hot or The Valentine's Day From Hell, written and directed by Tom Frye followed by Life, Love, and Laughter Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Molly Tully, Kyle Vespestad, and Don Winsor. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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Theatre Thursdays is a series of provocative, contemporary theatre productions every Thursday night in March. Shows are one night only, but each will offer a special dress rehearsal “preview” night the Wednesday before.
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Adam Hunter is one of the hottest young comedians around today. He is full of exciting energy that makes the crowd go wild. He headlines all over the country, putting his heart and soul into every performance with an act that is brash, deep and most importantly, FUNNY. Showtimes: Thursday, March 19 - 8:00pm Friday, March 20 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm Saturday, March 21 - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
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ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. The show features all the hits of Patsy Cline on stage with a full band that will set you feet a'tapping, your hands a'clapping, and your heart a'singing. Starring Cindy Summers and Christine Tasheff $25 Show Tickets 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show
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As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Qline trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.
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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 My Sweetheart is Smokin' Hot or The Valentine's Day From Hell, written and directed by Tom Frye followed by Life, Love, and Laughter Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Molly Tully, Kyle Vespestad, and Don Winsor. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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With a libretto based on passages from Paradise Lost, Genesis and Psalms, Franz Joseph Haydn’s epic oratorio is among his most inspired works. Hear this lively masterwork in a fresh and innovative rendering infused with historically informed performance practice. The work features the 36-voice Chamber Chorale; 30-piece orchestra, John Harrison, Concertmaster; and three soloists, Lily Guerrero, Soprano, Randolph Lacy, Tenor, and Charles Turley, Bass. Ticket prices: $20 general, $15 seniors, $5 students; free admission for high school students. Tickets are available at Senseney Music, 2300 E LIncoln, or at the Chorale's website.
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The Dead Martin Variety Hour is Wichita's twisted monthly take on the variety shows of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Featuring local acts of ALL kinds and ALL levels of talent, plus surprise guests, recurring characters, and a lot of booze. All presided over by everyone's favorite undead crooner, Dead Martin! Doors open at 10:00pm
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ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. The show features all the hits of Patsy Cline on stage with a full band that will set you feet a'tapping, your hands a'clapping, and your heart a'singing. Starring Cindy Summers and Christine Tasheff $25 Show Tickets 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show