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 >
Union Station
Developers announce $54 Million project
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. view all >
Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The WDDC, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series will engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future. Speakers include Carol Coletta, James Chung and Brad Segal. All three keynotes are open to the public. 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.
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 >
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 >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
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 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 >

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 >
Sept 30
The project is designed to create efficiencies within the building.
Sept 29
Luis “Big Lou” Lopez II is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate.
Sept 25
The new Wichita Force indoor football team has signed a five-year deal to play in downtown.
Sept 25
The latest apartment project for Old Town developer Dave Burk is moving toward an October opening.
Sept 25
54 Hour Game Company has moved into an office at 125 N. Market.
Sept 25
The annual Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff has grown into a popular event.
Sept 24
Anita Siemer went ahead and opened her Al's Old & New Book Store in its new space at Block One on Tuesday.
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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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Grab your girlfriends for a fun night of shopping and festivities! Free goodie bag for the first 250 shoppers. Complimentary pizza and specialty cocktails for all, plus a chance to win fabulous prizes! The Junior League of Wichita's 11th annual Holiday Galleria - an upscale shopping event featuring more than 120 of the best regional and national merchants - October 2-5, 2014. All proceeds will support Junior League of Wichitaג€™s issue-area to work with the community to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. Since its inception, The League has contributed more than $5.8 million to the Wichita community in the form of community projects. Over $44 million in-kind services in the form of volunteer hours have been donated to improve the quality of life in the Wichita area.
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Dates & Times: Friday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets: General Admission - $10.00 (ages 13+) The Junior League of Wichita will present the 11th annual Holiday Galleria - an upscale shopping event featuring more than 120 of the best regional and national merchants - October 2-5, 2014. All proceeds will support Junior League of Wichita's issue-area to work with the community to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. Since its inception, The League has contributed more than $5.8 million to the Wichita community in the form of community projects. Over $44 million in-kind services in the form of volunteer hours have been donated to improve the quality of life in the Wichita area.
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The Wichita Scottish Rite will be a happening place during the 2014 Champagne & Chocolate Fantasy Evening! Get your tickets early for Soaring to New Heights at the Scottish Rite as this is sure to be an unforgettable event! The Champagne & Chocolate Fantasy Evening is a fundraiser event benefiting the Wichita State University RiteCare™ Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. The money raised will go to help children in need who could not otherwise afford Clinic services. Doors open to an unforgettable evening at 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Wichita Scottish Rite located at 332 E. First Street. Get there early to scope out the silent auction items on which you wish to stake your claim! A live auction you will not want to miss will take place later in the evening. A sumptuous selection of appetizers will be served alongside a decadent selection of irresistible chocolates from the Nifty Nut House, including a chocolate fountain and a sugar free selection sure to please. The champagne provided by R & J Liquor will be flowing as the perfect compliment to those chocolate treats! Tickets are $50 per person and $400 for a table of 8 (eight). Call 316-263-4218 to reserve your tickets today.
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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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Touring in relation to their George Thorogood & The Destroyers ICON album and Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live DVD titled Live At Montreux, Thorogood and his band will give audiences the opportunity to hear their greatest hits live such as “Bad To The Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and many more. Reserved Ticket Pricing: $65 Orchestra Rows A-E, $49 Orchestra Rows F-W, $45 Lower Balcony and $39 Upper Balcony
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Emotionally charged and in depth, these narratives share a realistic perspective of those who were left behind after the rapture. With creative audio visual effects to help "bring home" this serious message, this production is sure to make you cry, laugh, and think. So whether you believe the rapture will happen before, during, or after the tribulation period, it really doesn't matter. This is not meant to conflict with your theology, it's simply written to make you think about how you are living your life now, and begs the question, "When the rapture does take place, will you still be here?" Advance tickets $17, Regular tickets $22
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KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, is bringing the “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” tour to Wichita! The KIDZ BOP Kids are taking the stage to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in this high-energy and interactive show. The “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” live show is the ultimate family concert experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along! The KIDZ BOP Kids are Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Grant Knoche, Jayna Brown and Matt Martinez and they have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artists” for the fourth consecutive year. Their upcoming album, KIDZ BOP 26, was released on July 15th. - See more at: http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/333/kidz-bop-kids/#sthash.hVsyxefk.dpuf
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The Wichita Public Library will host the seventh annual Big Read Wichita from Oct. 1—Nov. 15, 2014. The Library will lead south-central Kansas in reading and celebrating Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. A classic American spy novel, The Maltese Falcon was published in 1930 and is part thriller, part love story, and part dry, dark comedy. A featured event for the Big Read also includes a lecture on American crime fiction by The Big Read Wichita's Honorary Program Chair, Gaylord Dold on Oct. 5 at the Central Library.
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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.