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"Knight Foundation leader Coletta kicking off Wichita speaker series" 08/21/14 Wichita Business Journal

Carol Coletta will be the first speaker next week for Wichita’s Fuel the Fire series.  read more >>

"Apples & Arrows to double Commerce Street space with new lease"  08/21/14 Wichita Business Journal

Marketing and branding agency Apples & Arrows is about to double its space.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council sets hearing for tax district to aid in redevelopment of Union Station" 08/19/14 Wichita Eagle

Residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal for a tax increment financing district.  read more >>

"Ink Construction hired as general contractor for RSA Marketing’s HQ conversion on Commerce Street" 08/18/14 Wichita Eagle

RSA Marketing Services is converting warehouse space on South Commerce Street.  read more >>

"Union Station developers plan $54 million project"  08/16/14 Wichita Eagle

Developer Gary Oborny has a $54 million plan for the redevelopment and expansion.  read more >>

"Moving Wichita forward is series focus"  08/14/14 Wichita Business Journal

Wayne Chambers has continually emphasized the importance of community.  read more >>

"Method Productions’ office move represents step out from behind the scenes"  08/14/14 Wichita Business Journal

Gabe Juhnke and Rik Dubiel have been doing video production work under the Method Productions name for about eight years.  read more >>

"Sedgwick County Commission approves purchase of former IRS building downtown"  08/13/14 Wichita Eagle

Sedgwick County commissioners voted 3-2 to buy the former IRS building. read more >>

"A conversation with Gary Schmitt"  08/10/14 Wichita Eagle

Gary Schmitt was getting ready to start college at Emporia State, and he needed a job. read more >>

"Work expected to start by year’s end at Union Station"  08/08/14 Wichita Eagle

By the time 2015 rolls around, work should be under way on breathing new life into one of Wichita’s most historic properties. read more >>

"Parking garage key to downtown-area rebirth"  08/07/14 Wichita Eagle

The hulking gray parking garage at William and Market streets downtown is in such terrible shape. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita rumbles as crews make Douglas more accessible"  08/07/14 Wichita Eagle

On Wednesday, the shaking and pounding along East Douglas Avenue continued. read more >>

"3 speakers to focus on growing, keeping talent in Wichita"  08/07/14 Wichita Eagle

Three Wichita organizations are coming together to sponsor a speakers series. read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel finalizes deal with Autograph Collection by Marriott"  08/06/14 Wichita Eagle

The Ambassador Hotel has finalized a deal to become part of the growing Autograph Collection by Marriott. read more >>

"RSA Marketing Services to move to Commerce arts district"  08/05/14 Wichita Eagle

RSA Marketing Services is moving to a new downtown home. read more >>

"Jack DeBoer rolls out expansion plans for WaterWalk Apartments"  08/01/14 Wichita Business Journal

Jack DeBoer has tabbed two industry veterans to head his latest venture.  read more >>

"Downtown residential consultant says market has expanded expanded"  07/17/14 Wichita Eagle

A consultant hired more than four years ago to research the downtown housing market has updated her original report. read more >>

"Study: Downtown Wichita can absorb more than 1,400 new residential units"  07/17/14 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown planners knew five years ago that the market would be strong for housing. read more >>

"Wichita restaurants will be on Travel Channel"  07/11/14 Wichita Eagle

Two local restaurants will be featured on national television next week, and one is putting on a watch party to celebrate. read more >>

"Al’s Old & New Book Store to be first tenant at Block One retail center"  07/11/14 Wichita Eagle

The new retail center attached to the parking garage at Block One has its first tenant. read more >>

"Sam Kuns to move his Air Capital Catering to Market Centre and open Caesars"  06/27/14 Wichita Eagle

The mezzanine at the Market Centre at First and Market is once again going to be home to a restaurant. read more >>

"Area of St. Francis Street seeing business renewal downtown" 06/25/14 Wichita Eagle

Warren Tandoc first spotted it a couple of years ago. read more >>

"St. Francis benches may take on different perspective"  06/25/14 Wichita Eagle

There’s only one thing that bothers Coleman Lockett. read more >>

"Ad Astra: Historical museum to restore Heritage Square Park" 06/22/14 Wichita Eagle

A Wichita park with a historic legacy is going to get a makeover. read more >>

"Brothers & Co. to move to Kress Building" 06/18/14 Wichita Eagle

Brothers & Co. is moving to the Kress Building. read more >>

"Security 1st makes downtown move" 06/18/14 Wichita Business Journal

Security 1st Title’s downtown Wichita office is moving to River Park Place, company officials announced Tuesday in an e-mail to clients. read more >>

"Larkspur adding banquet room next door" 06/16/14 Wichita Eagle

Ty Issa is adding a second banquet room to his Larkspur restaurant in Old Town. read more >>

"Residents describe what they want in a new downtown Wichita library" 06/11/14 Wichita Eagle

Sharing their hopes for a new or improved downtown public library. read more >>

"Flats 324 to expand with 60-unit ground-up project"  06/10/14 Wichita Business Journal

The old Wichita High School is growing. read more >>

"River City Brewery changing look of its Loft 150 with $200K remodel"  06/06/14 Wichita Business Journal

Loft 150 at Old Town’s River City Brewery Co. is starting to look a little different as a complete renovation of that space progresses and nears completion. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita’s appraised property value up 62 percent"  06/03/14 Wichita Eagle

The appraised value of property in downtown Wichita has risen 62 percent since a revitalization plan was initiated in 2010. read more >>

"Wichita’s SHS recognized as Business Marketing Association’s agency of the year"  05/29/14 Wichita Business Journal

The Business Marketing Association has named Sullivan Higdon & Sink Inc. its mid-size agency of the year. read more >>

"First of Corner 365’s apartment buildings half leased with opening of second approaching" 05/27/14 Wichita Business Journal

Three tenants have moved into downtown’s Wichita’s Corner 365 apartment complex, but that’s only the beginning. read more >>

"Bob’s Place to reopen in the Market Centre, sans founding barber Bob Shanks" 05/27/14 Wichita Eagle
 

Cosmetologist Tracy Carrington and barber Steven Dreiling are carrying on a Wichita tradition. read more >>

"Lux model units furnished through contest" 05/23/14 Wichita Eagle
 

It’s been not quite a year since the first residents began moving into the Lux. read more >>

"Yo-B a good fit for Old Town Square"  05/22/14 Wichita Eagle

Kids love Yo-B.  read more >>

"Boudoir by Wallflower and new portrait studio to move to Kress Building"  05/22/14 Wichita Eagle

May is a popular decision time for Aaron and Christina Patton. read more >>

"Corner 365 now open for business downtown" 05/20/14 Wichita Business Journal

A new apartment complex near the Arkansas River is now operational. read more >>

"Petroleum Building investors longing to bid Minnesota Guys farewell" 05/15/14 Wichita Eagle

Toenails – that’s how Kyle Hughes thinks about what’s left of the Minnesota-based developers. read more >>

"GLMV Architecture to execute first phase of library central branch contract" 05/13/14 Wichita Business Journal

City Council voted to approve a contract with GLMV Architecture for services to a new central branch of Wichita Public Library.  read more >>

"Old Town to be classified as an entertainment district" 05/13/14 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita City Council agreed unanimously to classify Old Town neighborhood as an entertainment district. read more >>

"Wichita leaders to propose next steps toward downtown high-tech learning center" 05/13/14 Wichita Eagle

Wichita City Council meeting could be the last stand for supporters who have backed a new downtown library. read more >>

"Integrated Facilities Group to open the Back Room retail outlet downtown"  05/08/14 Wichita Eagle

Integrated Facilities Group has had an unexpected bonus. read more >>

"River Festival making some changes this year with fireworks finale, Kids Corner" 05/07/14 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita River Festival fireworks will fly again this year – but only on opening night. read more >>

"Public meetings set to discuss shaping Wichita’s future"  05/07/14 Wichita Eagle

A series of community engagement meetings will be held in May and June. read more >>

"Fountains at WaterWalk begin music, lights and water shows Friday" 05/07/14 Wichita Eagle

The Fountains at WaterWalk shows will begin Friday, city officials said. read more >>

"District Taqueria, an ‘urban taco bar,’ to open near Douglas and Washington" 05/07/14 Wichita Eagle

Adam Clements was reading Have You Heard? in January when he saw the news that Jon’s Ale House near Douglas and Washington was closing.  read more >>

"Golden House Chinese restaurant downtown to close; Sonic to open"  05/06/14 Wichita Eagle

The restaurant is closing after 16 years at 504 S. Broadway. read more >>

"$3 billion price tag for Wichita projects stuns council" 04/06/14 Wichita Eagle

The tab for jobs, quality-of-life improvements, transit and helping the homeless are large. read more >>

"Eagle editorial: Need action on jobs"  05/04/14 Wichita Eagle

City, county and economic development leaders are right to sound the alarm about the need for a bigger war chest. read more >>

"Wichita Transit rolls out 10 new buses in fleet-improvement plan"  05/02/14 Wichita Business Journal

The fleet of Wichita Transit buses is getting another upgrade. read more >>

"$90 million sought to grow Wichita jobs, possibly from sales tax" 05/02/14 Wichita Eagle

A $90 million economic development war chest is needed. read more >>

"City Council to consider making Old Town an entertainment district" 05/01/14 Wichita Eagle

The price of causing trouble in Old Town may be about to escalate. read more >>

"Oklahoma officials back Wichita’s passenger rail efforts" 04/30/14 Wichita Eagle

Add Oklahoma officials to the list supporting City Hall’s bid to bring passenger rail back to Wichita. read more >>

"Wichita city officials to apply again for rail service grant" 04/28/14 Wichita Eagle

City officials plan to apply again this week for a federal grant to bring passenger rail service back to Wichita. read more >>

"Google pin drop attracts attention at Corner 365, but Google has nothing to do with it" 4/25/14 Wichita Eagle

This sign in front of the new Corner 365 apartments is attracting attention — just as Mike Garvey hoped it would. read more >>

"City’s tech community connects at ICT Unconference"  04/23/14 Wichita Eagle

Even the bankers – well, most of them – didn’t wear ties in this gathering of T-shirts. read more >>

"Core Strength Wichita offers workouts in downtown studio" 04/10/14 Wichita Eagle

When Kim Dwerlkotte tore her rotator cuff, she decided to try Pilates to rehabilitate. read more >>

"Brokers get a look at remodeled space at 125 N. Market" 04/09/14 Wichita Eagle

Executives unveiled the changes they have made to 125 N. Market building.  read more >>

"Morris Laing to occupy additional space in Old Town building"  04/08/14 Wichita Business Journal

It took 11 years, but the law firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chartered has outgrown its space. read more >>

"Lotus Leaf Cafe has completed its move" 04/07/14 Wichita Eagle

Lotus Leaf Cafe is back in business. read more >>

"Wichita, version 2019 — Imagining the city five years from now" 04/04/14 Wichita Business Journal
 

Wichita could have a new Class A office building downtown in five years. read more >>

"Burk redeveloping another Old Town building into apartments atop retail/office space"  04/03/14 Wichita Business Journal

Old Town developer Dave Burk is undertaking another residential/retail renovation project. read more >>

"Laham envisions promenade, state-of-the-art convention facility in Century II area" 04/01/14 Wichita Business Journal
 

Wichita developer George Laham envisions a Douglas Avenue promenade with a meandering row of shops and restaurants. read more >>

"Jobs, urban lifestyle options needed to attract young professionals to downtown Wichita, developers say"  04/01/14 Wichita Eagle

Wichita needs job creation and a well-defined urban lifestyle. read more >>

"Partners to take ownership, rename Minnesota Guys’ Sutton Place" 04/01/14 Wichita Eagle

Attorney Abdul Arif and two partners say they have reached agreement to take ownership of most of Sutton Place. read more >>

"Loony Bin home, Live at 215 Performance Theater, opens this week"  03/31/14 Wichita Business Journal

A new addition to downtown comes to life this week. read more >>

"Laham, Ramsey, Oborny share projects at Rotary"  03/31/14  Wichita Business Journal

George Laham hopes the River Vista apartment project is among the first of many. read more >>

"Bank of America slashes space at its namesake center downtown"  03/26/14 Wichita Eagle

Bank of America Center’s namesake tenant is significantly reducing its size. read more >>

"City Council OKs $9.7 million facelift for parking garage on Market"  03/25/14 Wichita Eagle

The old Macy’s parking garage at 215 S. Market will get a facelift. read more >>

"City will renovate downtown Wichita parking garage"  03/25/14 Wichita Business Journal

The city of Wichita changed gears today on the dilapidated, closed downtown parking garage. read more >>

"Mars Mansion shop to ‘pop up’ inside downtown Wichita store"  03/25/14 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown Wichita’s Mathematics men’s boutique is hosting a “pop-up shop.” read more >>

"Council considers $9.7 million makeover for old Macy's parking garage"  03/24/14 Wichita Eagle

The crumbling old Macy’s parking garage at 215 S. Market will get a $9.7 million facelift. read more >>

"Loft 150 likely will transform into new venue"  03/19/14 Wichita Eagle

Loft 150 above River City Brewing Co. in Old Town is a teenager now, and that means it’s time for a change.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves hotel tax to fund tourism promotion"  03/18/14 Wichita Eagle

Guests at Wichita’s largest hotels will pay 2.75 percent more so the city can tell its story. read more >>

"Scooter's coffee shop slated for part of Grand Hotel building at Union Station" 03/14/14 Wichita Business Journal

A coffee shop, complete with drive-through, is coming to the Union Station. read more >>

"Ideas sought for downtown Wichita skybridge uses. Cyber café? Coffee bar? Gallery...?" 03/12/14 Wichita Eagle

It’s time to get creative, Wichitans. read more >>

"Finns Lounge and Revolution Rock Bar have new owners" 03/12/14 Wichita Eagle

Finns Lounge and Revolution Rock Bar are reopening. read more >>

"Collaborative promotion will tout Wichita’s downtown offerings"  03/10/14 Wichita Eagle

Old Town, the Commerce Art District and the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. are banding together.  read more >>

"Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. to be open every weekend starting in April"  03/06/14 Wichita Eagle

Customers dig Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. so much, Annette Shankle is expanding her store’s hours. read more >>

"City Council to consider change to no-bid policy for public-private projects"  03/03/14 Wichita Eagle

Are public-private construction projects enhanced when the city and private developers share an architect and builder?  read more >>

"Taking Wichita to the next level"  03/02/14 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita State University basketball team had a breakout performance in 2013.  read more >>

"Downtown seeing wave of residential building"  03/02/14 Wichita Eagle

Four years into a plan to revitalize downtown Wichita, the city is more than halfway to its goal of adding 1,500 new residences to the area.  read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel closer to possible Autograph Collection by Marriott deal" 02/25/14 Wichita Eagle

Ambassador Hotel may become part of the growing Autograph Collection by Marriott.  read more >>

"Wichita leaders to weigh development: city core vs. suburbs"  02/25/15 Wichita Eagle

Should Wichita shift its development focus to the core of the city?  read more >>

"Denver exec buys three Commerce Street buildings in Wichita"  02/24/14 Wichita Business Journal

Denver energy executive with Wichita ties has purchased a three-building warehouse.  read more >>

"Two state agencies sign at Garvey Center"  02/24/14 Wichita Eagle

The state has completed two more leases for agencies that will be leaving the Finney State Office Building.  read more >>

"Wichitans’ top priorities for tax dollars: stable water source, more jobs"  02/23/14 Wichita Eagle

Wichitans want a stable long-term water source and jobs.  read more >>

"Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers now open in Old Town Square"  02/20/14 Wichita Eagle

Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers opened in the former Luca Italian Kitchen space at 301 N. Mead.  read more >>

"Wichita Ribfest returns in May with changes"  02/18/14 Wichita Eagle

Intrust Bank Arena announced today its dates for the third annual Wichita Ribfest.  read more >>

"Wichita design group works to revitalize Douglas Avenue underpass" 02/13/14 KAKE News

On his lunch breaks, Chad Glenn often takes the path under the Douglas Avenue rail bridge.  read more >>

"March opening for downtown Loony Bin" 02/12/14 Wichita Business Journal

Work continues on the downtown building that will house the Loony Bin comedy club.  read more >>

"Basketball games, concerts drive big fourth quarter for INTRUST Bank Arena" 2/12/14 Wichita Eagle

Basketball has been good to Intrust Bank Arena.  read more >>

"125 N. Market office building's look transforming"  02/06/14 Wichita Business Journal

The 17th-floor lobby of 125 N. Market, the office tower formerly known as Wichita Executive Centre, reflects the transformation under way at the facility under its new owners.  read more >>

"INTRUST BANK ARENA RANKED AS #1 TOP STOP IN THE MIDWEST IN 2013 BY VENUES TODAY" 02/06/14 News Release INTRUST Bank Arena

The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena ranked #1 in the Midwest in 2013 according to the Venues Today.  read more >>

"Public input sought on Douglas underpass project" 02/04/14 Wichita Eagle

The public can weigh in for the first time on the future of the historic downtown Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.  read more >>

"City Council delays action on new bidding policy for public-private projects" 02/04/14 Wichita Eagle

Despite strong council and public support, the Wichita City Council on Tuesday delayed action for a month. read more >>

"City approves $14.45 million IRB issuance for Lux" 02/04/14 Wichita Business Journal

Lux Building LLC is renovating the building into 86 apartment units.  read more >>

"Wichita council approves $6.85-million fix to parking garage" 02/04/14 Wichita Business Journal

The Wichita City Council today unanimously approved a $6.85-million plan to fix the closed parking garage.  read more >>

"El Dorado Inc. opens Wichita architecture office" 02/03/14 Wichita Business Journal

El Dorado Inc.'s Wichita office is now open in the Finn Lofts building.  read more >>

"New Old Town Association president wants district to 'safe and exciting' 02/03/14 Wichita Eagle

Jason Van Sickle has big hopes for Old Town.  read more >>

"Cathedral renovation wins special honor at AGC awards event" 01/31/2014 Wichita Business Journal

The renovation of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Wichita won special recognition.  read more >>

"Online survey seeks input from artists, organizations on Century II" 01/30/14 Wichita Business Journal

A survey has been posted at www.WichitaArts.com to get input from organizations and artists.  read more >>

"Newsmakers: Go Wichita started discussion on Century II future" 01/30/14 Wichita Business Journal

"We have a strong performing arts community at Century II"  read more >>

"Newsmakers: Occidental's Union Station buy was deal of the year"  01/30/14 Wichita Business Journal

Occidental Management Inc.’s purchase of Union Station added more steam to a downtown redevelopment.  read more >>

"Newsmakers: George Laham's work in 2013 will carry over into 2014" 01/29/14 Wichita Business Journal

George Laham, president of Laham Development, acknowledges that 2013 was a “very active year”.  read more >>

"Help move city forward" 01/29/14 Wichita Eagle

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was wise to keep his 2014 State of the City address concise and businesslike.  read more >>

"In State of the City address, Mayor Brewer calls on Wichitans to help city grow" 01/29/14 Wichita Eagle

Wichita stands behind its people, Mayor Carl Brewer said Tuesday night.  read more >>

"Newsmakers: Hansen, George help Wichita build startup momentum" 01/29/14 Wichita Business Journal

In 2013, Wichita entrepreneurs Kenton Hansen and Jonathan George helped spearhead an effort to create a community and support system.  read more >>

"Lotus Leaf Café joins Burk project in Old Town" 01/29/14 Wichita Business Journal

Jacquelyn Keefer is excited about relocating her Lotus Leaf Café.  read more >>

"Newsmaker: High Touch Technologies' purchase downtown was an investment in Wichita as headquarters city" 01/28/2014 Wichita Business Journal

High Touch Technologies added workers, expanded its services and changed its ownership structure in 2013.  read more >>

"Newsmakers:  Dave Burk made news in 2013, looks forward to 2014" 01/28/2014 Wichita Business Journal

Old Town developer Dave Burk extended his reach in 2013.  read more >>

"LawKingdon hired for Douglas underpass design"  01/28/2013 Wichita Business Journal

WDDC had hired LawKingdon Architecture to lead the team that will redesign the Douglas Avenue underpass.  read more >>

"Downtown office building’s elevator work to cost $800,000, take 10 months" 01/21/2014 Wichita Business Journal

It’s good to see the lift Security National Life Insurance Co. is giving 125 N. Market, formerly Wichita Executive Centre.  read more >>

"Robert’s Shoe Shine Services moving to Garvey Center" 01/08/14 Wichita Eagle

Except for airports, it’s rare to see many shoe shine men these days.  read more >>

"Cheezies Pizza adds a downtown location" 01/06/14 Wichita Eagle

Downtown has a new to-go pizza place.  read more >>

"Public meeting to kick off Phase II in Century II needs planning" 01/06/14 Wichita Eagle

A public meeting next week will officially start the second phase of planning for Century II’s convention and performing arts needs.  read more >>

user/file/01-06-2014 Wichita public input sought for performing arts assessment.pdf"Wichita public input sought for performing arts assessment" 01/06/2014 Wichita Business Journal

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday to begin getting input on the performing arts.  read more >>

"High Touch to spend $1M on repairs at downtown building" 01/06/14 Wichita Business Journal

High Touch Technologies anticipates it will spend about $1 million this year.  read more >>

"Orpheum Theatre Act III: How supporters of the historic theater want to spend your $30 million" 01/03/2014 Wichita Business Journal

The 91-year-old Orpheum Theatre isn't fine wine. It is not getting better with age.  read more >>

"Orpheum could be catalyst for further downtown development" 01/03/2014 Wichita Business Journal

The Orpheum Theatre is a Wichita icon.  read more >>

"Paul Coury: Ambassador Hotel’s first year tough, but outlook good"  01/03/2014 Wichita Business Journal

Paul Coury acknowledges that the Ambassador Hotel’s just-completed first year of operation was a difficult one.  read more >>

"Former downtown home of IRS for sale"  01/02/2014 Wichita Eagle

Almost six months after the IRS and a number of other federal agencies moved out, its owners are putting the building up for sale.  read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel expects benefit from pending affiliation with major hotel company" 12/30/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Ambassador Hotel’s first year of operation was difficult, but business began turning around.  read more >>

"Major Hair Co. opens in Salon Lush’s former space downtown" 12/30/13 Wichita Business Journal

Major Hair Co. has opened in the space formerly known as Salon Lush.  read more >>

"Wichita hotels filled more rooms in November" 12/23/2013 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita’s lodging industry posted double-digit gains.  read more >>

"Intrust Bank Arena-side restaurant and bar opening doors Friday" 12/19/2013 Wichita Business Journal

A pair of Wichita businessmen hope to bring a quiet stretch of Commerce Street to life.  read more >>

"Groups lined up for performing arts study; public meeting set Jan. 9" 12/20/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Arts Council, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Music Theatre of Wichita and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra have selected a consultant team.  read more >>

"Wichita leaders tell us what they'd get Wichita for Christmas" 12/19/13 Wichita Eagle

What would you get Wichita?  read more >>

"Sunflower Development Group could start downtown apartment work by spring"  12/17/13 Wichita Eagle

Kansas City-based Sunflower Development Group still has plans to renovate historic apartments. read more >>

"Downtown activity was robust in 2013 — and there’s more to come" 12/16/13 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown was a busy place this year.  read more >>

"Poor performance from pop acts leaves INTRUST Bank Arena country strong" 12/15/13 Wichita Eagle

Disappointing turnout at the John Mayer concert at Intrust Bank Arena may hurt. read more >>

"Next time you schedule a grand opening consider this"  12/14/13 KWCH New

More than ten thousand fans went to downtown Wichita to watch the shockers take on Tennessee. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita office building a future apartment tower?" 12/13/13 Wichita Business Journal

Another downtown office building could be headed for a new use and new life.  read more >>

 

"Orpheum Theatre kicks off $30 million capital campaign with formation of steering committee" 12/11/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Orpheum Theatre is kicking off a $30 million capital campaign.  read more >>

"Deliver on Orpheum dreams" 12/11/13 Wichita Eagle

The triumph of the 1980s “Save the Orpheum” effort was just the beginning.  read more >>

"Wichita is a city of opportunity" 12/07/13 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita community played host this fall to two very different groups.  read more >>

"Orpheum Theatre’s $30 million campaign aims for full, modern, renovation" 12/7/13 Wichita Eagle

The Orpheum Theatre has launched a $30 million campaign.  read more >>

"It’s cold out, but activity’s heating up in Wichita’s river corridor"  12/5/13 Wichita Business Journal

The weather’s a lot different today than when ground was broken on a hot July morning.  read more >>

"Rage to open in former Club Liquid space" 12/4/13 Wichita Eagle

New Port of Wichita owner Pat Alvarez is working on a second bar, this time in Old Town.  read more >>

"City Council approves Century II performing arts study"  12/3/2013 Wichita Eagle

The future of Century II now includes a detailed study of the city’s performing arts needs.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council expected to OK study of performing arts needs" 12/1/13 Wichita Eagle

Wichita City Council members on Tuesday are expected to agree to a performing arts market study. read more >>

"No room for error as giant crane removes, installs air units downtown"  11/25/13 Wichita Eagle

Finally, the wind cooperated on Sunday, letting the big job go forward.  read more >>

"Wichita part of new global trade network"  11/21/13 Wichita Eagle 

A national think tank will assist Wichita in developing its ability to export goods and services. read more >>

"Downtown group receives $75,000 grant for Douglas railroad underpass" 11/21/13 Wichita Eagle

Grant money will jump-start plans to renovate the dingy walking paths. read more >>

"Old Town developer Dave Burk lands downtown site at auction" 11/21/13 Wichita Business Journal

Old Town developer Dave Burk of Marketplace Properties was the winning bidder.  read more >>

"Wichita council delays contract on design consultant for Century II" 11/19/13 Wichita Eagle

City Council members deferred until Dec. 3 a contract with a design consultant for Century II.  read more >>

"Union Station renting out parking spaces for arena events"  11/19/13 Wichita Eagle

The owners of Union Station have found source of generating revenue.  read more >>

"KC design firm Populous recommended for Century II plans"  11/15/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Wichita City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve a contract with Populous.  read more >>

"City takes ownership of former Macy’s parking garage"  11/14/13 Wichita Eagle

The city of Wichita has taken legal ownership of the troubled former Macy’s parking garage.  read more >>

"River Vista developers add restaurant component to apartment building" 11/13/13 Wichita Business Journal

Developers of the planned River Vista apartments are reconfiguring the south end of the project.  read more >>

"How bold will we go in Century II debate?"  11/1/13 Wichita Business Journal

It’s a question we weren’t really asking before this week.  read more >>

"High Touch buying building that houses its downtown Wichita headquarters"  11/11/13 Wichita Eagle

High Touch Technologies is buying the building that houses its headquarters at 110 S. Main.  read more >>

"Cow and Sow Deli opens, giving downtown groceries and new food option" 11/7/13 Wichita Business Journal

There’s a new place downtown to grab a meal or a few groceries.  read more >>

"Builders Inc. post floor plans for new apartments at First and Waco" 11/7/13 Wichita Business Journal 

Corner 365 apartments going up at First and Waco downtown.  read more >>

"Wichita hopes to spruce up downtown walkway popular with pigeons"  11/7/13 Wichita Eagle

There’s plenty to see walking down Douglas in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"New agent Patrick Ahern says owners of former Wichita Executive Centre are walking the talk" 11/5/12 Wichita Business Journal

The building’s new owners will make the multimillion-dollar improvements.  read more >>

"Why Century II won't do - Wichita's convention center challenges" 11/1/13 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita leaders say the city needs a better convention center.  read more >>

"Wichita Executive Centre gets new name, leasing agent, property manager" 11/1/13 Wichita Business Journal

The office building has been renamed 125 N. Market.  read more >>

"Conventions consultant offers options for Century II"  10/29/13 Wichita Eagle

Go Wichita and city officials made a pitch Monday for the future of conventions in Wichita. read more >>

"Study: Wichita would gain significantly from new convention facilities"  10/28/13 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita could be leaving as much as $49 million a year in economic impact on the table.  read more >>

"Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau to announce study results on City's convention market" 10/28/13 Wichita Eagle

Go Wichita will unveil findings Monday from study assessing the city’s convention market.  read more >>

"Candela event space to open at the Lux"   10/28/13 Wichita Eagle

Candela is the name for two areas that will be available to rent.  read more >>

"Hyatt Regency Wichita embarks on $7.5 million room renovation"  10/25/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Hyatt Regency Wichita is launching a $7.5 million room renovation next month.  read more >>

"Concergent grows, expands office, plans Kansas City site"  10/25/13 Wichita Business Journal

Concergent has more than tripled its office space. read more >>

"Open house marks Kansas Leadership Center’s new home"  10/14/13 Wichita Eagle

Six years after the Kansas Leadership Center started, it has finally found its permanent home at 325 E. Douglas.  read more >>

"Sedgwick County Historical Museum stepping up fundraising campaign"  09/30/13 Wichita Eagle

For the past three years, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has taken a fairly quiet, low-key approach to fundraising.  read more >>

"Old Town Association to study idea of entertainment district in wake of shooting' 09/27/13 Wichita Business Journal

The Old Town Association this week formed a task force to study the idea of a designating Old Town as an entertainment district.  read more >>

"State eyes other downtown locations for Finney building tenants, except DCF" 09/27/13 Wichita Business Journal

While the Kansas Department for Children and Families intends to leave the Finney State Office Building downtown for new space outside of downtown.  more read >>

"City of Wichita withdraws application for Century II oil drilling permit" 09/21/13 Wichita Eagle

City Manager Bob Layton informed officials Friday that the city was withdrawing its application for a conditional permit to drill for oil.  read more >>

"Overhaul of Doc Howard’s building takes shape; Taste and See to open next month"  09/19/13 Wichita Business Journal

Dave Burk’s renovation of the former Doc Howard’s nightclub space in Old Town is winding down. read more >>

"Train Insane CrossFit to open downtown"  09/19/13 Wichita Eagle

Cole Warner and Breanna Long hope to take advantage of the fitness craze.  read more >>

"Wichita area still moving forward" 09/15/13 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita area has hardly switched off its economic engine.  read more >>

"Old train stations in KC, OKC may have lessons for Wichita" 09/14/13 Wichita Eagle

It’s noon on a Thursday at Kansas City’s Union Station, and there’s a steady hum about this historic building. read more >>

"Remodeling could begin soon on former Union Station"  09/12/13 Wichita Eagle

Walking through the Union Station passenger terminal in downtown Wichita read more >>

"Wichita still waiting to hear about federal grant for rail service plan" 09/04/13 Wichita Eagle

No news is, well, no news on a federal transportation grant.  read more >>

"Mathematics men’s shop to open downtown" 09/03/2013 Wichita Eagle

Some college students in their final year of school are simply trying to make it through.  read more >>

"Smoothie King and two other businesses to open in former Rock Island Depot space" 08/29/13 Wichita Eagle

The Smoothie King partner is planning his fourth Smoothie King site. read more >>

"Jetty’s is name of new Commerce Street pizza restaurant"  08/28/13 Wichita Business Journal

Jetty’s has been chosen as the name of the pizza-focused restaurant.  read more >>

"Restaurants north of Intrust Bank Arena near completion" 08/27/13 Wichita Business Journal

Ryan Mills can see the finish line for the revival of a pair of buildings he bought four years ago.  read more >>

"Couple hopes to link property at Dewey and St. Francis to Commerce Street Arts District" 08/26/13 Wichita Business Journal

Eric and Jamie Tabor Schmidt are working to expand the Commerce Street Arts District.  read more >>

"Kansas and Wichita officials participate in six-state talks to expand passenger rail service" 08/26/13 Wichita Eagle

More states want a seat at the table if passenger rail service expands.  read more >>

"Group hopes to revive interest in Wichita Executive Centre" 08/25/13 Wichita Eagle

The largest history museum in Wichita stands on Market Street between Douglas and First in Downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Hotel Review: Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kan." 08/21/13 The New York Times

This hotel offers comfortable and spiffed-up lodgings.  read more >>

"Downtown Wichita has momentum, but its future isn’t assured" 08/23/13 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown Wichita has had a good year. And the future’s looking brighter.  read more >>

"Lux developers begin residential leasing"  08/19/13 Wichita Eagle

Almost two years to the day that Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey announced their Lux development. read moree >>

"Lux to include the Essential residential unit" 08/13/13 Wichita Eagle

What’s essential to one downtown dweller isn’t necessarily the same to another. read more >>

"Wichita council selects Laham group to develop Arkansas River apartment project"  08/06/13 Wichita Eagle

George Laham’s development team landed the Arkansas River apartment development project.  read more >> 

 

"2013 slightly stronger tourism year, Go Wichita president reports" 07/31/13 Wichita Eagle

Susie Santo has been president of Go Wichita Convention and Bureau for a year. read more >>

"Youthville’s Chalk Art Festival comes to Old Town Square"  07/31/13 Wichita Eagle

Micala Gingrich-Gaylord says there are some things that take you right back to childhood.  read more >>

"Builders Inc.’s new apartments may not be its last downtown"  07/25/13 Wichita Business Journal

Builders Inc. poured concrete foundations this week for its 36-unit Corner 365 Apartments.  read more >>

"Former Ryan, Southwestern Bell 1960s ‘bunker’ building sold" 07/25/13 Wichita Eagle

It’s not every day that a bunker sells downtown.  read more >>

"West bank shows life" 07/23/13 Wichita Eagle

Possibilities for the west bank of the Arkansas River.  read more >>

"KE Miller Engineering’s new office: another positive building rebirth downtown" 07/17/13 Wichita Business Journal

Kirk Miller, owner and president of KE Miller Engineering, has done a nice job bringing a dead building downtown back to life.  read more >>

"Don’t vacate Finney State Office Building" 07/03/13 Wichita Eagle

What would the Finney State Office Building in downtown Wichita be without its state offices. read more >>

"Developers pitch plans for apartments on west bank downtown" 06/25/13 Wichita Business Journal

 Upscale apartments with city and Arkansas River views.  read more >>

"Developers to present proposals for west-bank site in downtown Wichita" 06/24/13 Wichita Business Journal

Two proposals for developing a city “catalyst” site will be shared with the Wichita City Council. read more >>

"Architecture students’ vision for downtown inspirational" 06/21/13 Wichita Business Journal

The students unveiled their concepts for seven key sites downtown.  read more >>

"Kansas, Wichita seek federal grant to complete planning for passenger rail extension" 06/20/13 Wichita Eagle

The state and Wichita are seeking almost $13 million in federal grant funding.  read more >>

"Businessmen seeking tenants to help revive, share bills at Sutton Place" 06/17/13 Wichita Eagle

It takes about $10,000 a month to cover the heat, electricity and water bills at Sutton Place.  read more >>

"Jason-Paul Febres to open second Taste & See in part of former Doc Howard’s space" 06/17/13 Wichita Eagle

Jason-Paul Febres is heading back to Old Town.  read more >>

"Arnold Group finishes renovations at its Wichita headquarters" 06/10/13 Wichita Eagle

It’s been five months, but the Arnold Group has finished renovating its headquarters.  read more >>

"Steel skeleton nearly complete for new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport" 06/10/13 Wichita Eagle

One thousand, nine hundred and seventy-five ton.  read more >>

"Downtown’s rebound"  05/29/13 Wichita Eagle

The impressive recent 6.3-to-1 ratio of private to public investment in downtown requires no apologies. read more >>

"Wichita leaders: Numbers show progress in private downtown investment" 05/23/13 Wichita Eagle

Private investment has outpaced public investment in downtown Wichita. read more >>

"Wichita can claim four more historic buildings on national register" 05/15/13 Wichita Eagle

Four more downtown Wichita buildings have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. read more >>

"Wichita sees Portland State program as learning opportunity for downtown" 05/14/13 Wichita Eagle

 Jeff Fluhr,sees big opportunities in Wichita’s participation in yearlong program. read more >>

"Wichita, OKC, KC mayors sign joint letter of support for OKC-Wichita passenger rail" 05/10/13 Wichita Business Journal

The mayors of Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., have jointly signed a letter supporting the passenger rail service.  read more >>

"Rose Hill Bank confident in Union Station plans, developers" 05/10/13 Wichita Business Journal

Rose Hill Bank is a big believer in Occidental’s ability to pull off the large renovation project. read more >>

"Kansas State students present design concepts for downtown" 05/09/13 Wichita Business Journal

Abby Glastetter envisions improvements to downtown’s Naftzger Park.  read more >>

"Wichita’s Leadership Council: the ‘right people’ to get things done" 05/09/13 Wichita Eagle

Movers and shakers, the powers-that-be. In Wichita, there’s a new name: the Leadership Council.  read more >>

"Wichita’s Amtrak supporters plan announcement Friday" 05/07/13 Wichita Business Journal

Passenger rail service supporters in Wichita will release “an important joint mayoral letter of support”.  read more >>

"Sweet event will honor Norton for humanitarian work" 05/07/13 Wichita Eagle

Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton will be recognized as the Sweet Humanitarian of the Year.  read more >>

"Work on new Wichita airport terminal, parking garage on schedule, officials say" 05/07/13 Wichita Eagle

Work is on schedule at the new Mid-Continent Airport terminal.  read more >>

"Wells Fargo to move commercial banking team downtown" 05/06/13 Wichita Eagle

Wells Fargo is moving its newly formed commercial banking team downtown.  read more >>

"Kansas State students to present concepts for downtown Wichita" 04/30/13 Wichita Business Journal

The public will get a chance next week to see how several key sites downtown could be developed.  read more >>

"Wichita selected for sustainable development program" 04/23/13 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita is among the first class of mid-size cities participating in a year-long program to implement sustainability projects.  read more >>  

"Wichita developer ready to start moving on plans for Union Station" 04/21/13 Wichita Eagle

Downtown Union Station’s new owners see a $25 million to $50 million bustling complex. read more >>

"Airbus expanding again in Wichita" 04/15/13 Wichita Business Journal

Airbus Americas Engineering is adding another 10,000 square feet of space to its operations in Wichita. read more >>

"Loony Bin likely to open this fall on St. Francis in greater Old Town area" 04/15/13 Wichita Eagle

The Loony Bin, which closed in late March, could reopen in the Old Town area by fall. read more >>

"Espresso To Go Go to open at Zelman Lofts building in May" 04/05/13 Wichita Business Journal

 Warren Tandoc is buzzing with excitement over the new location for Espresso To Go Go.  read more >>

"GWEDC official: Block One example of ‘preparation meets opportunity’" 03/28/13 Wichita Business Journal

 Tim Chase, hasn’t been in town long, but he already sees parallels between what was celebrated downtown this morning.  read more >>

"Event celebrates Ambassador Hotel’s completion, other Block 1 projects" 03/28/13 Wichita Business Journal

Gary Schmitt, chairman of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., captured the flavor of a feel-good event. read more >>

"Downtown event celebrates Block One projects" 03/28/13 Wichita Eagle

About 100 people on Thursday filled the new Urban Plaza at Block One in downtown.  read more >>

"Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for ‘Block 1’ downtown" 3/26/13 Wichita Business Journal

City and business representatives on Thursday will celebrate the completion of three downtown projects in the block bounded by Douglas, Broadway, Topeka and William streets — a block that’s been branded “Block 1.”  read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves bonds for Century II renovation" 3/26/13 Wichita Eagle

A $1.91 million bond issue for capital improvements to convention space at Century II won approval. read more >>

"‘Downtown Cleanup Day’ schedule released" 03/21/13 Wichita Business Journal

Ready, set ... sweep, paint, plant, clean!  read more >>

"Downtown builds on dynamic year" 02/28/13 Wichita Eagle

Wichita, your downtown may be cooler than you think.  read more >>

"Wichita lands 2019 national women’s bowling tournament" 02/27/13 Wichita Eagle

 Wichita’s bowling heritage, its bowling centers and a hefty financial package helped convince the United States Bowling Congress that Wichita should host the 2019 United States Bowling Congress women’s tournament.  read more >>

"A Marriott makeover – Hotel Changes aim to Lure Guests from their Rooms" 02/23/13 Wichita Eagle

What’s the fun in traveling only to be stuck in a hotel room? read more >>

"Wichita coffeehouse provides sense of community for downtown patrons" 02/23/13 Wichita Eagle

It’s a bitterly cold – but clear – Friday morning in downtown, a day after Wichita’s second-biggest snowfall on record. read more >>

"New downtown YMCA exceeds traffic expectations in January" 02/07/13 Wichita Eagle

The new downtown YMCA had 60,000 visits in January, topping traffic goals officials set for the facility’s first full month of operation.  read more >>  

"Defense Contract Audit Agency is second commercial tenant for Lux" 02/07/13 Wichita Eagle

Developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey have landed their second commercial tenant for the Lux. read more >>

"Downtown is rising" 02/05/13 Wichita Eagle

Those who expressed doubts that downtown would ever rise again may go ahead and eat their words.  read more >>

"Consultants surprised at downtown progress" 02/04/13 Wichita Eagle

It’s been two years since David Dixon was last in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Downtown renovations continue this year" 02/03/13 Wichita Eagle

Wichita City Council members will get a report Tuesday on a busy 2012 for downtown redevelopment efforts. read more >>

"Developer seals deal to buy Union Station in downtown Wichita" 02/02/13 Wichita Eagle

 Union Station was sold on Friday to a prominent local developer.  read more >>

"Proposed Oklahoma passenger rail line could boost chances Heartland Flyer comes to Wichita" 02/02/13 Wichita Eagle

 A Tulsa group is weighing a privately operated passenger train line between their city and Oklahoma City, potentially removing an obstacle for Wichita’s pursuit of the Heartland Flyer.  read more >>

"Player Piano comes out a hit" 02/01/13 Wichita Business Journal

Old Town developer Dave Burk has produced another hit album ... err, apartment project.  read more >>

 

"Developer seals deal to buy Union Station in downtown Wichita" 02/01/2013 Wichita Eagle

 Union Station, the lynchpin to the city’s plan to redevelop downtown, will be sold Friday to a prominent local developer. read more >>

"Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes & Pastries to leave the west side for Old Town" 02/01/2013 Wichita Eagle

There’s blissful news for denizens of Old Town.  read more >>

"Pacific Coast Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue to open by arena in March" 01/30/13 Wichita Eagle

Before Intrust Bank Arena opened in 2010, there was a lot of buzz about how many bars and restaurants it would attract. read more >>

"Landscape architecture students to help with Wichita’s downtown development" 01/29/13 Wichita Eagle

A group of about 20 landscape architecture students from Kansas State University will be in Wichita this week to assist with downtown development.  read more >>

"City at a crossroads" 01/29/13 Wichita Eagle

Speaking on Kansas Day, the mayor of the biggest city in Kansas exhibited more caution than big thinking.  read more >>

 

"Optometrist eyes Old Town for new office and store" 01/16/2013 Wichita Eagle

 Jim Jury sees a new Old Town location for his business through rose colored glasses.  read more >>

"Economic development officials hope for big ideas from Chamber’s new Leadership Council" 01/11/13 Wichita Business Journal

 The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s new Leadership Council , 100 of the region’s most connected leaders, is expected to kick Wichita-area economic development into a higher gear. read more >>

"Three downtown Wichita buildings sell at auction" 01/11/13 Wichita Business Journal

 A Canadian doctor was the winning bidder on the Landmark Square and Farmers & Bankers buildings downtown during an auction today.  read more >>

"New construction on surface parking lots could be the next chapter for Old Town development" 01/11/13 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita’s Old Town has been developed mostly through the renovation of old warehouses. read more >>

"Old Town: Ready for some new construction?" 01/11/13 Wichita Business Journal

It’s called Old Town for a reason. read more >>

"Efforts to bring Heartland Flyer rail service through Wichita gain speed" 01/07/13 Wichita Eagle

 Wichita’s pursuit of the Heartland Flyer passenger rail system has gained momentum, with state support, City Council support and a possible train station in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Big year for downtown" 12/20/12 Wichita Eagle

Downtown Wichita is ending the year on a high note.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves Exchange Place project acquisition" 12/19/12 Wichita Eagle

Downtown Wichita’s on-again, off-again $65 million Exchange Place apartment project is on again under new management. read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves Exchange Place project acquisition" 12/18/12 Wichita Eagle

 The Wichita City Council signed off Tuesday on a Texas developer’s acquisition of a major downtown residential project from the financially-embattled Minnesota Guys. read more >>

"William Street to become two-way in downtown Wichita" 12/18/12 Wichita Business Journal

 The area to the south of “Block 1” should be a little easier to navigate soon. read more >>

"Final touches, finishes under way at Ambassador as it counts down to opening" 12/14/12 Wichita Business Journal

 Pictures are being hung, silverware unpacked, furniture unwrapped and final paint applied at the Ambassador Hotel. read more >>

"Old Town developer to receive lifetime achievement award" 12/13/12 Wichita Eagle

 Ask Dave Burk how many “rehabs” of old commercial and warehouse buildings in Old Town he’s been involved with and he’ll tell you he doesn’t have an exact count, other than to say “the majority.”  read more >>

"Hundreds get a peek at Wichita’s new Downtown YMCA" 11/30/12 Wichita Eagle

 More than 800 people got a peek at the new Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA. read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel to open on December 26" 12/12/12/ Wichita Eagle

The Ambassador Hotel Wichita will open sooner than officials previously thought.  read more >>

‘We are an event, not a store’: Mr. Diggs uses unusual schedule to stock and stage" 11/30/12 Wichita Business Journal

Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. is all about giving new life to old things. read more >>

"Dave Burk joins prestigious group with lifetime achievement award" 11/29/12 Wichita Business Journal

Dave Burk can add some award hardware to his extensive collection of building hardware. read more >>

"With historic renovations, building owners can count on being surprised" 11/29/12 Wichita Business Journal

There has been no shortage of historic renovation projects in Wichita. read more >>

"Dave Burk to receive Lifetime Achievement Award" 11/29/12 Wichita Eagle

 Old Town developer Dave Burk is recipient of Kansas CCIM Chapter/Wichita State University Center for Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award. read more >>

"Brownback adds Wichita architect Joe Johnson to historic sites review board"  11/27/12 Wichita Business Journal

 Joe Johnson has been appointed to the Kansas State Historic Sites Board of Review. read more >>

"Player Piano Apartments project wrapping up, getting tenant commitments" 11/26/12 Wichita Business Journal

The Player Piano Apartments in Old Town are nearing completion, and already about one-third of the units are committed to tenants. read more >>

"Pixius Communications set to move into new downtown headquarters" 11/23/12 Wichita Business Journal

Pixius Communications LLC is getting ready to stake its presence in downtown Wichita.  read more >>  

 

"OKC leaders: Downtown revitalization a "work in progress" 11/15/12

 Kirk Humphreys said it looks to him like Wichita is doing a good job revitalizing its downtown.  read more >>

"Lux lands first commercial tenant: Defense Contract Management Agency " 11/08/12 Wichita Eagle

 The Lux has landed its first commercial tenant.  read more >>

"New downtown YMCA to open Dec. 10" 11/05/12 Wichita Eagle

The new downtown YMCA will open Dec. 10 following a month of pre-opening activities.  read more >>

"New Downtown YMCA to open Dec. 10, feature Hyatt cafe" 11/05/12 Wichita Business Journal

Thirty-five days are all that remain before the Greater Wichita YMCA opens its most highly touted branch yet.  read more >>

"Trove body studio moving to the new Renfro" 11/3/12 Wichita Eagle

A year after opening at the Finn Lofts,Janelle Robertson has decided to move herTrove Total Body Studio. read more >>

"Ambassador plans to open with New Year’s Eve event" 10/29/12 Wichita Eagle

 The Ambassador Hotel in downtown Wichita plans to open New Year’s Eve with an event to benefit Orpheum Theatre.  read more >>

"YMCA aims to inspire Wichitans inside and outside new Downtown Y" 10/26/12 Wichita Eagle

The new Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA, with its 40,000 square feet of glass, will light up downtown Wichita at night after it opens in December.  read more >>

"Delegation from Fort Wayne, Ind., visits Wichita for development ideas" 10/26/12 Wichita Eagle

It may come as a surprise to some locals, but there are those who see Wichita as an example of civic progress.  read more >>

"Some remnants of The Lux being transformed into artwork" 10/25/12 Wichita Business Journal

 The Lux buzz continues — this time with materials from the downtown building being transformed into art.  read more >>

"Fort Wayne leaders visit Wichita for ideas" 10/25/12 Wichita Business Journal

 Just as Wichita leaders have visited other cities for inspiration on downtown development, other cities also look to Wichita for ideas.  read more >>

"Fountains part of WaterWalk celebration Saturday" 10/19/12 Wichita Eagle

"Wichitans will get their first look Saturday night at a performance by the Waltzing Waters fountains at WaterWalk.  read more >>

"Renfro apartments ready to debut" 10/18/12 Wichita Eagle

There will be more than art on display downtown for the Final Friday.  read more >>

"Wichita council approves new restrictions targeting Old Town patrons" 10/16/12 Wichita Eagle

A new set of citywide restrictions targeting Old Town patrons is on the books. read more >>

"Tallgrass turns 10" 10/14/12 Wichita Eagle

The rousing documentary ‘Pablo’ kicks off the film festival on Thursday.  read more >>

"SBA office to move to the Garvey Center using new streamlined design process" 10/10/12 Wichita Eagle

The government is better known for red tape than streamlined processes.  read more >> 

"Wichita City Council adopts ordinance changes that will affect Old Town" 10/09/12 Wichita Business Journal

The Wichita City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday morning to adopt several ordinance changes.  read more >>

"New apartments seen as broadening downtown residential appeal" 09/28/12 Wichita Business Journal

Apartment building downtown is about to take on a new dimension.  read more >>

"Social Manor to open in Old Town" 09/25/12 Wichita Eagle

A new shop is coming toOld Town in time for Christmas.  read more >>

"Wichita council to meet Oct. 9 to consider Old Town crackdown" 09/24/12 Wichita Eagle

Wichita City Council will hold a special meeting Oct. 9 to weigh a crackdown on Old Town patrons. read more >>

"Bravo restaurant to open on East Douglas" 09/24/12 Wichita Eagle

Another new restaurant is going into 217 E. Douglas, and this time it’s a familiar name.  read more >>

"Downtown advocates hope database will untangle complex land leaseholds" 9/21/12 Wichita Business Journal

 Commercial real estate representatives and a downtown development group hope to make it easier for potential development deals to happen downtown. read more >>

"Unveiled, a bridal accessory shop, to open in Eaton Place in January" 9/18/12 Wichita Eagle

Another new business is coming to Eaton Place at Douglas and St. Francis.  read more >>

"Go for the community goals" 09/14/12 Wichita Eagle

 The three goals that the Priority Project set for Wichita have been kicked around for decades.  read more >>

"Wichita leaders examine Oklahoma City’s sales-tax-funded project model" 09/11/12 Wichita Eagle

A program for accomplishing major community projects in Oklahoma City continues to receive attention from leaders in Wichita. read more >>

"Groups narrow community improvement to three areas" 9/10/12 Wichita Eagle

 Three priorities. Three years. Starting now.  read more >>

"Bricktown leader to speak in Wichita on downtown renovation" 09/09/12 Wichita Eagle

 Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphries will be the keynote speaker.  read more >>

"Garvey Center to bulid 36-unit apartment complex downtown at First and Waco" 9/4/12 Wichita Eagle

 In another sign of recovery – both for Wichita and downtown in particular – the Garvey Center is going to build new apartments.  read more >>

"HUD letter may bring life to stalled Minnesota Guys project" 8/26/12 Wichita Eagle

 For more than two years, Real Development’s roughly $50 million downtown apartment project has been a zombie, neither completely alive nor dead. read more >>

"Howerton + White slides into a new decade with the completion of $600K renovation, 10th anniversary" 8/23/12 Wichita Business Journal

 Howerton + White Inc. officially marked the opening of its renovated and expanded space on Thursday.  read more >>

"Wichita secures grant for new Q-Line shelters, bulb-outs on Douglas" 8/20/12 Wichita Business Journal

 The Q-Line stops along Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita could be getting a makeover soon.  read more >>

"Wichita Ambassador Hotel project is ahead of schedule" 08/17/12 Wichita Eagle

 Construction projects are rarely ahead of schedule, but the downtown Ambassador Hotel Wichita is.  read more >>

 "The Lux’s virtual tour of two-bedroom apartment debuts" 08/09/12 Wichita Eagle

 The creative minds behind marketing for The Lux residential/commercial project downtown are at it again. read more >>

 "Melad Stephan to open Revolution Rock Bar and move Empire Catering into Eaton Place" 08/07/12

 Melad Stephan is growing his Old Town empire, literally and figuratively.  read more >>

 "Arena entertainment district inching closer to opening with restaurant and two bars" 08/07/12

 Have You Heard? first reported that a deal was in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown. read more >>

"Cost, expertise needed for apartment conversions present challenges" 08/03/12 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown Wichita is rife with successful projects. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita block tagged as ‘Block 1’" 7/25/12 Wichita Business Journal

Block 1. That’s the new brand for the downtown block.  read more >>

"Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off rebranding of downtown Wichita’s ‘Block One’" 7/25/12 Wichita Eagle

It’s now known as “Block One,” the first downtown city block.  read more >>

"Final tweaks under way for look of Ambassador Hotel rooms" 7/25/12 Wichita Business Journal

Purples, creams, grays, blacks. A mix of bold and subtle colors emerging in the Ambassador Hotel. read more >>

"Lux to offer family residences downtown" 07/15/12 Wichita Eagle

Among the residential projects under way in downtown is one with a unique market demographic. read more >>

"Commerce Street apartments add to downtown housing momentum" 07/06/12 Wichita Eagle

Chris Stong is nearing completion of his second commercial/residential project.  read more >>

"Total Habitat at work on WaterWalk pool" 07/05/12 Wichita Eagle

Mick Hilleary looks to nature for inspiration when creating his waterscapes and other outdoor features. read more >>

"Spreading the love for Wichita, one postcard at a time" 07/0/12 Wichita Eagle

You might have seen some orange-toned postcards around town. read more >>

"Three Wichita developers weighing apartment projects downtown" 06/18/12 Wichita Eagle

Three of Wichita’s most successful develo– Jack DeBoer, Steve Clark and Colby Sandlian – are eyeing potential apartment projects downtown.  read more >>

"Priority Project seeks to narrow focus for Wichita area’s direction" 06/17/12 Wichita Eagle

The Priority Project, a regional partnership of public and private groups, will roll out eight priorities Monday. read more >>

"Tax credits, downtown development drive increase in historic renovations" 06/08/12 Wichita Business Journal

Look down Douglas Avenue through downtown Wichita, and the signs of historic renovation projects are plenty.  read more >>

"Kansas Health Foundation secures industrial revenue bonds for downtown leadership center" 06/05/12 Wichita Business Journal

City Council agreed to issue $7 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance the leadership center.  read more >>

"Wagonmasters bring ‘waterwagon’ rides to River Festival this year" 06/04/12 Wichita Eagle

Wichita Wagonmasters had been feeling a little left out of the Wichita River Festival the past few years. read more >>

"City’s heart is beating" 5/25/12  Wichita Eagle

Project Downtown has faced obstacles ranging from the historic global recession to activists who forced a vote overturning one public incentive. read more >>

"Millions of dollars invested in downtown, Wichita City Council hears" 5/22/12 Wichita Eagle

Revitalization of downtown Wichita has been happening at a remarkable pace.  read more >>

"More than $170 million in Wichita downtown development projects" 5/22/12 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown Wichita saw more than $60 million in development projects completed in 2011. read more >>

"City block a ‘laboratory’ for downtown Wichita development" 5/13/12 Wichita Eagle

Work is progressing on Project Downtown’s “laboratory,” a one-square-block stretch of Douglas between Broadway and Topeka. read more >>

"Wichita eases rules for sidewalk cafes" 5/8/12 Wichita Eagle

City officials took a big step Tuesday for the expected influx of new sidewalk cafes downtown.  read more >>

"Wichita council approves changes for downtown parking garage" 5/8/12 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council approved the latest changes in a downtown parking garage and park project. read more >>

"Section of North St. Francis opens to two-way traffic in downtown Wichita" 05-07-12 Wichita Eagle

No more letting customers in through the back door in the alley.  read more >>

"Foundation unveils plans for new building" 04/27/12 Wichita Eagle

Kansas Health Foundation unveiled architectural plans for $8.6 million downtown expansion.  read more >>

"Bite Me BBQ moves downtown" 4/26/12 Wichita Eagle

Bite Me BBQ just finished its long-planned move from Goddard to downtown. read more >>

"Drawings for downtown Wichita’s Kansas Leadership Center unveiled" 04/26/12 Wichita Business Journal

The Kansas Health Foundation released plans of architectural drawings for its new Kansas Leadership Center.  read more >>

"Workshop encourages involvement in city" 04/17/12 Wichita Eagle

It doesn’t take money or power to have a voice in downtown Wichita’s future, just an idea to make it better. read more >>

"Cassandra Bryan Design is first commercial tenant at Zelman Lofts downtown" 4/12/2012 Wichita Eagle

Zelman Lofts is getting its first commercial tenant. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita block’s makeover in full swing — and it’s about to get busier" 3/30/12 Wichita Business Journal

You might be hard-pressed to find a busier block in Wichita today.  read more >>

"Development backers: Wichita downtown incentive policy remains sound" 3/30/12 Wichita Business Journal

Process for evaluating projects is sound, downtown Wichita stakeholders say. read more >>

"Participants sought for downtown presentation, workshop" 3/30/12 Wichita Business Journal

What do you love about Wichita? read more >>

"WDDC offers free workshop to discuss Wichita’s revitalization" 3/28/12 Wichita Eagle

Peter Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities,” will present a free interactive workshop.  read more >>

"Fluhr: Wichita’s WaterWalk among epicenters of evolving downtown development" 03/16/12 Wichita Business Journal

Jeff Fluhr says an emerging synergy at WaterWalk will get its long-awaited “Waltzing Waters”. read more >>

"WaterWalk’s dancing fountains are key step for project" 03/16/12 Wichita Business Journal

Water will soon spray up to 75 feet in the air, moving to music and splashed with colorful lights. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita cleanup set for April 14" 03/16/12 Wichita Business Journal

Downtown workers, businesses, residents and others will get a chance to spruce up the city. read more >>

"Joe Johnson credits success to fellow honoree Bob Schaefer" 03/16/12 Wichita Business Journal

When Joe Johnson was nominated for the Wichita Business Hall of Fame, along with the late Bob Schaefer, Johnson wanted to share the award with his two major partners, Sam Frey and Kenton Cox. read more >>


"Westar Energy commits $10K for Downtown Development design internship" 03/07/12 Wichita Eagle

Westar Energy has committed $10,000 toward an internship for college design students. read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel project regrouping after Wichitan’s voted down guest tax" 03/05/12 Wichita Eagle

It was something less than business as usual Monday for the lead developer of the Ambassador Hotel.   read more >>

"Hotel vote a major step backward" 3/2/12 Wichita Eagle

Well done, those of you who voted “no” on the downtown hotel issue.  read more >>

"Apartments on key for Player Piano Building" 3/2/12 Wichita Business Journal

As downtown’s condo market cooled, apartments have stayed hot. read more >>

"Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. to open at First Street and St. Francis to sell furniture, decor" 3/2/12 Wichita Eagle

St. Francis in Old Town continues to develop.  read more >>

"Tulsa’s Ambassador Hotel provides feel for type of hotel heading Wichita’s way" 2/24/12 Wichita Business Journal

The Wichita Business Journal visited the Ambassador Hotel in Tulsa last weekend. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita’s Player Piano building to become apartments" 2/23/12 Wichita Eagle

Old Town developer Dave Burk has announced plans for a $4 million, 40-unit apartment complex. read more >>

"Hotel a catalyst for jobs, investment, growth" 02/23/12 Wichita Eagle

What do you want to see in downtown Wichita? read more >>

"Downtown development group backs yes vote on hotel guest tax" 02/21/12 Wichita Eagle

WDDC's board of directors has endorsed a “yes” vote Feb. 28 on the Ambassador Hotel guest tax referendum.  read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel vote about more than just guest taxes" 02/19/2012 Wichita Eagle

The vote for the Ambassador Hotel is a referendum on the future of downtown redevelopment. read more >>

"Guest Tax Vote Q & A" 02/19/2012 Wichtia Eagle

Here are answers to some of the key questions about the Feb. 28 guest tax vote on the Ambassador Hotel.  read more >>

"Still on the market, Union Station is a key ‘connector’ in downtown Wichita" 02/08/12 Wichita Eagle

Historic building links downtown to arena; city’s past, future read more >>

"Wichita City Council endorses concepts for reshaping Douglas Avenue" 02/07/12 Wichita Business Journal

City Council agreed to back a new design concept for Douglas Avenue.  read more >>

"City Council to discuss study of downtown Douglas traffic" 02/05/12 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council will be asked Tuesday to endorse a traffic study that could eventually lead to the elimination of a bottleneck on Douglas. read more >>

"Henry’s plans include restaurant, retail, offices, but timing is ‘tricky’" 01/31/12 Wichita Eagle

Its opening may be more than a year off, but the vision is coming into more focus. read more >>

"New plans for former Henry's building in Wichita" 01/28/12 Wichita Eagle

The redevelopment is part of the first complete downtown block to be redeveloped under Project Downtown. read more >>

"Groups receive grant from Knight Foundation" 1/25/12 Wichita Eagle

Three Wichita organizations have landed a $125,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. read more >>

"Zelman Lofts fully leased on residential side; commercial leasing is next" 1/25/12 Wichita Eagle

The nine residential spaces at Zelman Lofts are now completely leased. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita gains 250 hotel rooms; may need more, some say" 01/19/12 Wichita Eagle

Project Downtown’s first year has yielded almost 250 new hotel rooms. read more >>

"Arts Council teams with city and Wichita Downtown Development Corp. to create new Final Friday campaign to boost art sales" 1/19/12 Wichita Eagle

Final Friday is a popular monthly art crawl and the Arts Council wants to make sure it makes business sense. read more >>

"Airbus to add engineers to Old Town facility" 01/18/12 Wichita Eagle

Airbus North America Engineering in the heart of Old Town plans to hire 30 to 60 additional engineers. read more >>

"Ambassador Hotel beginning to take shape inside" 1/13/12 Wichita Business Journal

If you want to party like a rock star, the Ambassador Hotel in downtown Wichita will have just the place for you on the top floor.  read more >>

"Developers: Loss of historic tax credit would hurt downtown" 1/13/12

Proponents of downtown development said Thursday that they are alarmed by Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed elimination of a key redevelopment tool.  read more >>

"Partners envision big city life in downtown Wichita" 01/12/12 Wichita Eagle

Wichita will never be New York, but the Big Apple is Robert Eyster’s inspiration for redeveloping downtown. read more >>

"Rotary Time Tower dedicated in downtown Wichita" 01/09/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichita Rotary Club, the Coleman Co. and Sedgwick County leaders gathered Monday in downtown to officially welcome the Rotary Time Tower. read more >>

"Downtown retailers welcome newcomers, favor WDDC’s retail recruitment plan" 01/06/12 Wichita Business Journal

A new effort by WDDC and retail consultant, Michael Berne, are aimed at recruiting new retailers to downtown.  read more >>

"Ramsey and Eyster’s first apartment project, the Zelman Lofts, is now open"  01/06/12 Wichita Business Journal

Matthew Sutherland loves his new studio apartment in the Zelman Lofts downtown.  read more >>

"City launching downtown retail recruitment plan" 12/31/11 Wichita Eagle

The drive to lure new retailers downtown will ramp up after the first of the year, city officials say. read more >>

"Predictions for 2012: Economy moving in a positive direction" 12/29/11 Wichita Eagle

A year ago, forecasters called for slow economic improvement in the year to come. read more >>

"Public vote Feb. 28 on proposed Ambassador Hotel tax" 12/21/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichita voters will get to decide Feb 28 on whether to tap the city bed tax to help finance a boutique hotel downtown.  read more >>

"Regrettable Message"  12/14/11 Wichita Eagle

The local Americans for Prosperity group deserves credit for finding enough signatures to force a public vote.  read more >>

"Downtown Wichita on its way up" 11/03/11 Wichita Eagle

Projects completed, slated for city center generate excitement in revitalization plan. read more >>

"A full block of downtown redevelopment" 10-28-11 Wichita Business Journal

The Kansas Health Foundation added its name to the growing list of developers planning projects Downtown. read more >>

"Local investment group buys six floors in Petroleum Building" 10/28/11 Wichita Business Journal

A group of three local investors is now the owner of most of downtown Wichita’s Petroleum Building. read more >>

"Building Community" 10/11 Dwell Magazine

When six enterprising Wichitans banded together in 2008 to turn an old Downtown broom faction into sleek new lofts read more>>

"Downtown projects abound, but retail has been slow to catch up" 10/28/11 Wichita Business Journal

Charolett Knapic is addressing one of the biggest complaints about downtown Wichita: its lack of a grocery store.  read more >>

"Kansas Health Foundation announces $9 million expansion" 10/27/11 Wichita Eagle

The Kansas Health Foundation plans a multimillion-dollar expansion to its downtown headquarters. read more >>

"Kansas Health Foundation to expand downtown Wichita headquarters with new building" 10/26/11 Wichita Business Journal

The Kansas Health Foundation is reaffirming its commitment to downtown Wichita by expanding its headquarters.  read more >>

"Zelman Lofts available to tour Saturday" - 10/21/11 Wichita Eagle

Developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are offering a sneak peek at their new Zelman Lofts on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  read more >>

 "City approves Old Town Marriott refinancing" 10/12/11 Wichita Eagle

The Old Town Marriott Courtyard Hotel will be refinanced and reorganized under a plan approved Tuesday by the Wichita City Council. read more>>

 "Say 'no' to naysayers" 10/09/11 Wichita Eagle

Whatever the wording on the Americans for Prosperity petition targeting the Ambassador hotel project, the real question for Wichitans is whether they want downtown to amount to a few points of pride surrounded by decay and inactivity.  read more>>

 "The Lux apartments to fill former Protection One building" 10/06/11 Wichita Eagle

 Developer Robert Eyster purchased the former Protection One building. read more>>

 "Dispute may shape future development in downtown Wichita" 10/03/11 Wichita Eagle

 A proposed botique hotel at Douglas and Broadway could become a referendum on downtown redevelopment. read more>>

"WDDC receives national downtown award" 9-27-11 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita Downtown Development Corp. received a Downtown Pinnacle Award Saturday from the International Downtown Association. read more>>

"Downtown Chili Cookoff results" - 09/27/11 Wichita Eagle

The Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff on Saturday may have set a new attendance recordk. read more >>

"Wichita business leaders reflect on 20-year-old Old Town partnerships" 9/23/11 Wichita Business Journal

As Wichita undertakes an ambitious effort to revitalize the city center, the community is celebrating the 20th birthday of Old Town. read more >>

"Wichita's Old Town turns 20" 9/23/11 Wichita Eagle

Old Town's always been an architectural metaphor for Wichita's progress.read more >>

"Happy 20th birthday, Old Town" 9/23/11 Wichita Eagle

It’s difficult to remember a time when Wichita didn’t have Larkspur’s lush patio, Heroes’ cheap date night and a downtown movie theater.  read more >>

"In Pittsburgh, Visioneers find a revived city" - 9/23/11 Wichita Eagle

A group of Wichita leaders took a first-hand look last week at how Pittsburgh, Pa., officials brought their downtown back from an economic collapse in the 1980s. read more >>

"Press ahead downtown" - 9/18/11 Wichita Eagle

Nobody said it was going to be easy to undertake a major downtown revitalization. read more >>

"Influx of downtown projects providing a boon to local firms" 09-16-11 Wichita Business Journal

Key Construction Inc. is poised for a big influx of work as it prepares to start work on the Douglas Building into a downtown boutique hotel. read more >>

"Interior work begins on downtown hotel" 09/15/11 Wichita Eagle

Preliminary interior demolition has begun at downtown's first boutique hotel. read more >>

"Wichita City Council OKs downtown hotel plan" - 9/14/11 Wichita Eagle

The biggest project in the latest drive to revitalize downtown moved a step closer to reality. read more >>

"Visioneers going to see Pittsburgh's successes" - 9/14/11 Wichita Eagle

Pittsburgh, once famed as the home of the nation's steel industry, has been forced to reinvent itself over the last two or three decades as that industry disappeared.  read more >>

"A wiser city is ready to move ahead with Wichita hotel" - 9/11/11 Wichita Eagle

The first project proposed under new rules to protect the taxpayers' investment in downtown goes before the city council Tuesday.  read more >>

"Contract for hotel parking garage to be open for bids" - 09/09/11 Wichita Eagle

The city has backed off on a plan to give a $7.5 million no-bid contract to Key Construction for a downtown parking garage. read more >>

"Downtown Wichita is on a roll" - 09/08/11 Wichita Eagle

It has been a year since a consultant first rolled out Project Downtown, the master plan to revitalize Wichita's downtown. read more >>

"Cargill commits $1 million to downtown YMCA" - 09/06/11 Wichita Eagle

Cargill has committed to donate $1 million to the Greater Wichita YMCA in Downtown. read more >>

"Move expected to bring ‘physical closure’ to GLMV merger" - 09-02-11 Wichita Business Journal

GLMV Architecture is getting ready to put the final touches on the merger that created Wichita’s third largest design firm nearly two years ago.  read more >>

"Robert Eyster hits the trifecta with his acquisition of 100 S. Market" - 8/29/11 Wichita Eagle

Developer Robert Eyster has purchased another downtown building. read more >>

"St. Francis closure starts Sept. 6" - 8/29/11 Wichita Eagle

A public information meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss a road project that will temporarily disrupt downtown traffic flow.  read more >>

"Douglas plan is a nod to street's past" - 8/28/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichitans will get their first look this week at a step back into Douglas's past, a remake that evokes memories of its history as a vibrant, walkable business pathway.  read more >>

Developer to turn former Automobilia shop into office suites - 8/26/11 Wichita Business Journal

A new office project is coming to the former Automobilia building downtown.  read more >>

Howerton + White to double its office space — playfully - 8/26/11 Wichita Business Journal

Why take the stairs when you could use a 13-foot-high stainless-steel slide to go between floors? read more >>

"Center a resource for downtown projects" - 8/26/2011 Wichita Eagle

Downtown redevelopment officials will trot out their new Innovation Center during an open house this afternoon. read more >>

"Delano welcomes bike traffic with new racks, block party" - 8/10/11 Wichita Eagle

Delano will host a block party and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of bicycle racks.  read more >>

"Wichita approves letter of support for downtown hotel project" - 8/10/11 Wichita Eagle

A proposed downtown boutique hotel at Douglas and Broadway cleared its first governmental hurdle. read more >>

"A conversation with Jason Gregory" - 8/7/11 Wichita Eagle

Jason Gregory chuckles at his good fortune.  read more >>

"Wichita to take out-of-ordinary step on downtown hotel proposal" 8/7/11 Wichita Eagle

City Council will take the step Tuesday of considering a letter of intent for a public-private hotel. read more >>

"Work to start on lot at Second, St. Francis" - 8/7/11 Wichita Eagle

Work that county and city officials hope will bring St. Francis and Second back to life is about to begin. read more >>

"Downtown planners mull bike, parking changes for city’s signature street" - 8/5/11 Wichita Business Journal

Jerry Bogle has been riding his bicycle to work in downtown Wichita for nearly three decades. read more >>

"Slideshow: Check out redesign ideas for Douglas Avenue" - 8/5/11 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita Downtown Development Corp. seeking public feedback on eight possible redesigns of Douglas Avenue.  read more >>

"Orpheum Theatre renovation could boost downtown" - 8/4/11 Wichita Eagle

If timing is everything, then Wichita's 90-year-old Orpheum Theatre couldn't have picked a better time to launch a multimillion-dollar capital renovation campaign.  read more >>

"Broadview Hotel is back in business" - 8/1/11 Wichita Business Journal

The Broadview Hotel has reopened.  read more >>

"Wichita projects latest for boutique hotel pioneer" - 7/28/11 Wichita Eagle

Paul Coury says he's lucky to be in Wichita.  read more >>

"Public offers input on Douglas ideas" - 7/28/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichitans got their first look Wednesday night at what Douglas might look like in a redeveloped downtown.  read more >>

"Gander Mountain to remodel and add Gander Mountain Academy" - 7/28/11 Wichita Eagle

Gander Mountain is ready to remodel and add a Gander Mountain Academy to its WaterWalk store downtown.  read more >>

"Planners hope to make Douglas walk-friendly" - 7/26/11 Wichita Eagle

Greg Kiefer stood in the middle of a crosswalk on Douglas near Rock Island for about 10 seconds Monday. read more >>

Expect traffic in downtown Wichita on Tuesday" - 7/25/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichitans traveling downtown on Tuesday can expect some delays.  read more >>

"Consultants seek ideas for redevelopment on Douglas" - 7/21/11 Wichita Eagle

A Colorado-based street design firm will be in Wichita next week.  read more >>

"Downtown takes shape" - 7/17/11 Wichita Eagle

A summer after Wichita took delivery of its downtown master plan, things are moving from forecast to fruition. read more >>

"Cargill shows off its Innovation Center in Wichita" - 7/16/11 Wichita Eagle

Cargill officially opened its new Innovation Center at 300 W. First St. in downtown Wichita on Friday with speeches and tours.  read more >>

"Welcome to the hotel wave in downtown development" - 7/15/11 Wichita Business Journal

A month ago, the WBJ published a story about how apartment projects seemed to be the hot development item. read more >>

"Cargill’s new innovation center focuses on customer relationships, food safety" - 7/15/11 Wichita Business Journal

Cargill Inc. on Friday plans to unveil its newest Wichita facility — a $14.7 million, 75,000-square-foot research and development center.  read more >>

"Historic Dockum Drug building to house boutique hotel" - 7/15/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichita's Project Downtown landed its biggest public-private partnership, a $30 million four-star hotel.  read more >>

"Developers look to restore old Commodore Hotel" - 7/15/11 Wichita Business Journal 

A Tulsa developer plans to revamp the Commodore Apartments in downtown Wichita, converting the 80-year-old building to its original use as a hotel.  read more >>

"Workshop to focus on revitalizing Douglas Avenue" - 7/14/11 Wichita Business Journal

A firm working on streetscape concepts for Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita will present initial concepts and collect feedback later this month.  read more >>

"Robert Eyster purchases the Board of Trade building and plans another renovation" - 7/13/11 Wichita Eagle

The Board of Trade building at 120 S. Market is the latest acquisition for nascent downtown developer Robert Eyster.  read more >>

"Old Town building back on the market and getting cheaper" - 7/12/11 Wichita Business Journal

One of the last potential redevelopment properties in Old Town is back on the market.  read more >>

"Another business coming to Eaton block" - 7/9/11 Wichita Eagle

The 500 block of East Douglas downtown has landed its second new business of the summer.  read more >>

"A 'jump start' for downtown" - 7/1/11 Wichita Eagle

It's a rare sight to see a number of presidents and chief executives of some of the city's biggest banks in one room together.   read more >>

"Intrust Bank Arena’s success prompting discussions about using sales tax for other projects" - 7/1/11 Wichita Business Journal

Is Sedgwick County ready for another sales tax initiative to pay for a large capital project?  Read more >>

"Partnerships, communication key to success of downtown master plan" - 7/1/11 Business Journal

Wichita developer David Burk says downtown Wichita wasn‟t held back by the Great Recession.  read more >>

"Wichita banks create lending consortium to spur downtown development" - 7/1/11 Business Journal

Several local banks have joined forces to provide a little extra help for developers looking to push their downtown projects over the top.  read more >>

"Developer says more market information could bring more downtown investment" - 7/1/11 Business Journal

Any developer or investor has to know his or her project can make money before pulling the trigger on a deal.  read more >>

"Downtown industrial firms finding their way in the Goody Clancy master plan" 7/1/11 Business Journal

When Stanion Wholesale Electric bought a building in south Wichita, planning to vacate its longtime home downtown, a company executive said the downtown master plan was one of the reasons for the move.  read more >>

"WDDC’s new innovation center a space to gather, design, create, collaborate" - 7/1/11 Business Journal

Passersby will see an active downtown storefront, a center for development and change in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Wichita bankers are uniting for downtown" 6/30/22 Wichita Business Journal

Looks like another part of the plan for downtown Wichita is coming together.  read more >>

"Wichita banks commit loan funds for downtown" 6/30/11 Wichita Eagle

Twelve Wichita banks have committed $8 million in private funds to a joint loan program for qualifying downtown Wichita projects.  read more >>

"‘Old Town West’ may become the ‘Coleman District’" 6/30/11 Wichita Eagle

When downtown consultants with Goody Clancy discussed the area where the Coleman manufacturing plant used to be at the southeast corner of Second and St. Francis, they dubbed it Old Town West.  read more >>

"Minnesota Guys courting more tenants" - 6/28/11 Wichita Eagle

Since getting a life-giving refinance on Wichita Executive Centre, owner David Lundberg says he is seeing some progress among his large portfolio of downtown commercial office space.  read more >>

"Skybridge part of renovated Broadview" - 6/16/11 Wichita Eagle

With opening day a little more than a month away, renovation work is winding down at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Fairfield Inn at WaterWalk to open Friday" - 6/16/11 Wichita Eagle

The first guests will come through the door Friday afternoon when Jim Korroch opens his Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel at WaterWalk.  read more >>

"Purchase makes room for Broadview driveway, bigger catalyst site" - 6/14/2011 Wichita Business Journal

The Broadview Hotel can add a driveway and the city of Wichita can expand one of its downtown development catalyst sites after a transaction approved Tuesday.  read more >>

"Alltite and MobileCal owner closes on purchase of one-time livery station downtown" - 05/09/11 Wichita Eagle

Alltite and MobileCal founder Tom Smith has closed on his deal to buy a 14,000-square-foot building at 141 S. Rock Island near The Wichita Eagle.  read more >>

"Wichita council members say they are ready to support new airport terminal" - 05/08/11 Wichita Eagle

A majority of Wichita City Council members say they are ready to approve building a new terminal and parking garage at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.   read more >>

"A downtown retail plan" - 05/04/11 Wichita Eagle

Mike Berne is more than a report writer.  The New York City-based retail consultant and recruiter is in Wichita this week, gearing up to land several retailers for downtown.  read more >>

"Douglas becoming a hotbed for apartment projects — or at least proposals" 5/3/2011 Wichita Business Journal

Douglas Avenue could become a haven for major construction equipment if four downtown developers get their way in launching a series of apartment projects.  read more >>

"As major work continues, Broadview Hotel set for July opening" - 5/27/2011 Business Journal

The Broadview Hotel in downtown Wichita is undergoing a significant renovation that includes an amphitheater and sidewalk system leading to the river.  read more >>

"Wichita eyes new parking meters for Century II" - 5/25/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichita may test new parking meters at Century II that let drivers pay with a credit card, get text messages warning before the meter expires and feed it by phone.  read more >>

"Council shifts incentive policy" - 5/18/11 Wichita Eagle

Wichita officials hope their new downtown incentive policy signals a philosophical shift from "build it and they will come to" to "build it as they come."  read more >>

"Council poised to approve IRBs for WaterWalk hotel" - 5/17/11 Wichita Eagle

Today's Wichita City Council vote on $12 million in industrial revenue bonds for a new downtown hotel is a formality or a lesson, depending on the players.  read more >>

"Need incentives policy" - 5/17/11 Wichita Eagle

Getting the city’s new downtown development incentives policy on paper and ready for the Wichita City Council was challenging enough. read more >>

"Review rules for developers" - 5/16/11 Wichita Eagle

Work is complete on the city's new public investment guidelines for downtown revitalization, according to city and downtown development officials. read more >>

"Young artists spread the word about WAM" - 05/15/11 Wichita Eagle

If you're seeing the letters WAM showing up in storefront windows downtown, you're witnessing the Wichita Art Museum hitting the "refresh" button.  read more >>

"Innovation Center announced" - 5/13/11 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have awarded $64,000 to the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. for creation of an Innovation Center in downtown.  read more >>

"5 questions with Jack DeBoer" - 5/12/11 Wichita Eagle

Jack DeBoer knows a thing or two about the tourism industry.  read more >>

"WaterWalk art has its fans — and its critics" - 05/11/11 Wichita Eagle

Mayor Carl Brewer said Tuesday that art is in the eye of the beholder.  read more >>

"Donham’s project approved by historic board" - 05/09/11 Wichita Business Journal

Kelly Donham’s proposal to convert the Caldwell-Murdock building into apartments in downtown and to add a one-story commercial clubhouse where the infamous “hole” now is got unanimous approval.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council to vote on Douglas transit, walkability study" - 5/09/11 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve an agreement to hire a Denver consulting firm to study bus transportation for the downtown stretch of Douglas Avenue and how to make it more walkable.  read more >>

"Consultant to work on recruiting retailers to downtown" - 5/07/11 Wichita Eagle

Mike Berne, an urban retail consultant, will be in Wichita later this month to begin work identifying and recruiting niche retail to downtown.  read more >>

"Weigand reshuffling, facade work progresses" - 05/04/11 Wichita Eagle

Work on the new face of J.P. Weigand's downtown corporate office continues, with the company's corporate reshuffling almost complete. read more >>

"Minnesota Guys secure mortgage on troubled project, 'are back in business'" - Wichita Eagle 4/30/11

Given up for dead by many in Wichita, "Minnesota Guys" Dave Lundberg and Michael Elzufon are back and ready to push ahead with transforming downtown.  read more >>

"Bring order to incentives" - 4/26/11 Wichita Eagle

Intended to be both a road map and a welcome mat, the city’s proposed public incentive policy for Project Downtown should become a valuable document as the implementation of the master plan proceeds.  read more >>

"Intrust Arena tops venues its size in ticket sales in 2010" - Wichita Eagle 4/26/11

Venues Today Magazine ranked Intrust Bank Arena as the top arena for gross ticket sales in 2010 among venues of its size in the Midwest.  read more >>

"City changes course on TIFs" - Wichita Eagle 04/26/11

Officials with the city and the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. said last week that their evolving public incentive policy for downtown included limiting the use tax increment financing.  read more >>

"Donham has new plan on East Douglas" - Wichita Business Journal 4/21/11

The “hole” may get filled in after all. Wichita businessman Kelly Donham has proposed constructing a building on a much-criticized portion of East Douglas Avenue.  read more >>

"City May Cut Stake in Projects Downtown" - Wichita Eagle 4/24/11

City officials have unveiled new criteria that developers will have to meet to earn public assistance with downtown redevelopment projects.  read more >>

"Downtown ‘Catalyst Site’ Deadline Set for Next Week" - Wichita Business Journal 4/21/11

Interest in eight downtown lots that the City is marketing in an effort to spur downtown redevelopment remained steady as the deadline for proposals on those sites looms.   read more >>

"Council to decide on funds for facades"  - Wichita Eagle 4/6/11

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday accepted applications from two property owners to finance facade improvements for their downtown buildings.  read more >>

"Council Approves Bonds for Downtown YMCA Project" - Wichita Eagle 4/5/11

The Wichita YMCA's plans for a new downtown facility took a significant step when the City Council approved issuing $23 million in industrial revenue bonds.  read more >>

"Good for City’s Heart" - 4/1/11 Wichita Eagle

Three great community projects further confirm that downtown isn’t letting the economy get it down.  read more >>

"Demolition begins for new Downtown YMCA" - Wichita Eagle 3/29/11

With fundraising off to a healthy start, demolition began Monday for the new downtown YMCA.  read more >>

"Rotary, Coleman Join for park" - Wichita Eagle 3/29/11

The Rotary Club of Wichita and the Coleman Co. announced Monday that they're teaming up on a downtown urban park at the southeast corner of Second and St. Francis, on the site of the old Coleman manufacturing plant that's being razed.  read more >>

"YMCA demolishes wall, makes way for new Downtown Facility" - Business Journal 3/28/11

Mayor Carl Brewer says he remembers visiting the YMCA in 1960s and 1970s. He would catch the bus downtown and meet up with friends, and play basketball all day long.  read more >>

"Rotary, Coleman Co. Make Donation to old Coleman Site" - Business Journal 3/28/11

A better picture is emerging of what the county’s new parking lot will look like at the site of old Coleman Co. headquarters at Second and St. Francis.  read more >>

"Resource center begun for downtown" - Wichita Eagle 3/24/11

There are a number of indicators that demonstrate development interest in our city center.  read more >>

"NCAA Tournament" - Wichita Eagle 3/24/11

Great job hosting NCAA tournament  read more >>

"Vote for Downtown" - Wichita Eagle 3/20/11

With the Goody Clancy plan being adopted by City Council and Sedgwick County Commission into the city-county comprehensive plan, and with developers and businesses showing new interest in the core, downtown is ready to grow.  read more >>

"Garvey Building Hits 100% Occupancy" - Wichita Eagle 3/17/11

TECT Aerospace has signed a lease for 5,600 square feet at the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas. read more >>

"WaterWalk Developers say Market's Picking Up" - Wichita Eagle 3/15/11

WaterWalk officials say they're laying groundwork for more development downtown, as its most significant commercial project to date nears completion.  read more >>

"Speaker: Young Talent is Key to City's Growth" - Wichita Eagle 3/11/11
 

Wichita's economic future depends on growing and retaining talent, an urban-development specialist told an Orpheum crowd Thursday night. read more >>

"Wichita Vies for $1 Million Prize" - Wichita Eagle 3/5/11

Add Wichita to the list of cities chasing a $1 million prize for raising and retaining community talent.  read more >>

"Leader in City Vitality to Address Wichita at WDDC Lecture" - Wichita Business Journal 3/4/11

Carol Coletta grew up in south Memphis. But she says she really discovered her hometown in about the seventh grade. read more >>

"Jason Gregory Joins WDDC as Executive VP" - Wichita Eagle 3/4/11

Jason Gregory has been named executive vice president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp.  read more >>

"Logan, Neff, Miller Win School Board Primary" - Wichita Eagle 3/1/11

A retired school administrator, a retired businessman and a 22-year-old master's degree student will face one another in the general election for the Wichita school board's at large seat.  read more >>

"WDDC Speaker to Widen Message for Downtown" - Wichita Eagle 2/25/11

Carol Coletta, the chief executive of Chicago-based CEOs for Cities, will be the guest speaker for the March 10 annual lecture of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp.  read more >>

"Wichita School Board Candidates Emphasize Perspective" - Wichita Eagle 2/20/11

Eleven candidates running for the Wichita school district's at-large seat say they want to increase student achievement, tackle budget cuts and thoughtfully consider divisive issues such as school attendance boundaries.  read more >>

"District 4 Candidates Say Jobs are Top Priority" - Wichita Eagle 2/16/11

Flooding remains a concern in southwest Wichita, roads need to be improved, and seniors who live there could use some help.  read more >>

"District 3 Voters Have Diverse Slate" - Wichita Eagle 2/16/11

When longtime City Council member Jim Skelton moved over to the Sedgwick County Commission last month, his council district lost a strong advocate.  read more >>

"City Approves Bonds for Downtown Y" - Wichita Eagle 2/16/11

The Greater Wichita YMCA's plans for a new downtown facility leaped forward Tuesday when the City Council voiced its intent to finance the project with $23 million in industrial revenue bonds.  read more >>

"Business Issues Dominate District 2" - Wichita Eagle 2/15/11

Given the makeup of the City Council's District 2 in east Wichita, business issues are expected to drive this spring's election.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves letter of intent to issue $23M in IRBs for YMCA" - Wichita Business Journal 2/15/11

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved a letter of intent to issue the Greater Wichita YMCA $23 million in industrial revenue bonds to construct a new downtown branch.  read more >>

"Nine Candidates for City Council Appear at Forum" - Wichita Eagle 2/13/11

Economic development tools that the city uses to attract and develop businesses came under fire Saturday from many of the candidates running for seats on the Wichita City Council.  read more >>

"Six Men on Ballot in Primary for Wichita Mayor" - Wichita Eagle 2/13/11

By traditional political measures (such as name recognition, financing and experience) none of the men challenging Mayor Carl Brewer in this year's election stands much of a chance.  read more >>

"Arena Nets $2 Million in its First Year" - Wichita Eagle 2/10/11

Intrust Bank Arena made $2 million and change in its first year, unaudited figures show.  read more >>

"Asbestos to Raise Cost of Razing Coleman Building" - Wichita Eagle 2/10/11

The demolition of the old Coleman building downtown will cost $120,000 more than estimated because of asbestos found in 65,000 square feet of roofing materials.  read more >>

"New Y Seeks $25 Million in Tax-Free Bonds" - Wichita Eagle 2/7/11

The city of Wichita is considering issuing $23 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance construction of a proposed new downtown YMCA.  read more >>

"Emprise to Move 25 Employees to Downtown HQ" - Wichita Business Journal 1/31/11

Emprise Bank will be moving about 25 employees to its downtown headquarters as it consolidates its operations division in one location.  read more >>

"Wichita Puts Eight Downtown Lots up for Sale" - Wichita Eagle 1/29/11
 

Wichita officials put eight city-owned downtown lots on the market. In a 12-page booklet called "Project Downtown: Catalyst Sites," the city invited 250 developers to submit ideas for the tracts deemed strategic assets to downtown's revitalization.  read more >>

"Cause to Boast, Hope" - Wichita Eagle 1/26/11

Credit both Wichita’s natural resilience and current leadership for the fact that Mayor Carl Brewer could do more than survey the damage of the difficult past year in Tuesday’s State of the City address.  read more >>

"City's Progress Crucial" - Wichita Eagle 1/25/11

For all the feverish local interest in the affairs of the national and state governments, today’s noon filing deadline for the spring municipal elections and 6 p.m. State of the City address by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer return the political spotlight to City Hall.  read more >>

"Linkhaus developers to transform Zelman building into apartments, restaurant and office space" - Wichita Eagle 1/18/11

Linkhaus developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey were looking for a second site to put their hot dog restaurant last year when they toured the Zelman building downtown.  read more >>

"INTRUST Bank Arena sees 'fantastic year one'" - Wichita Eagle 1/9/11

INTRUST Bank Arena is starting its second year with the news that Pollstar ranked it 46th in the world in 2010 based on ticket sales.  read more>>

"YMCA overhauls planned" - Wichita Eagle, 1/9/11

Within two years, if YMCA backers do as they say they can do, a new $23 million Central Family YMCA will open to replace the decrepit downtown Y.  read more>> 

"Cowtown, lattes, and public art in Wichita" - Boston Globe, 1/2/11

Before we start, a request: No Toto jokes. And check “we’re not in Kansas anymore’’ at the door. There. Now you have permission to travel to Wichita. read more>>

"Former Zelman’s building to be turned into mixed-use development, including retail, lofts and a restaurant" - Wichita Eagle, 12/29/10

It turns out that, as predicted, the former Zelman’s building is soon going to be seeing a lot more activity than just an estate sale. Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that there’s going to be an estate sale at the 15,000-square-foot building on the northeast corner of Douglas and St. Francis on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1.  >> read more

"Lenders' consortium, resource center on tap for downtown plan" - Wichita Business Journal, 12/24/10

INTRUST Bank Executive Vice President Gary Schmitt, a Wichita Downtown Development Corp. board member, and WDDC President Jeff Fluhr are among those working on initiatives to spur private investment in downtown development, including a lenders’ consortium. read more>>

"Council Adopts Downtown Plan" - Wichita Eagle, 12/15/2010

The Wichita City Council added its stamp of approval Tuesday to Project Downtown, the master plan for downtown revitalization for up to the next 20 years.  read more>>

"Adopt Downtown Plan" - Wichita Eagle, 12/12/10

Despite its diverse membership, the Wichita City Council has been admirably steadfast and unified over the past two years in its commitment to downtown planning, understanding the importance of the health of the city’s heart to the community’s identity and future. read more>>

"Still a mystery, Burks plans for Douglas Building must overcome parking problem" - Wichita Business Journal, 12/2/10

If Dave Burk pulls the trigger on plans to redevelop the Douglas Building in downtown Wichita, he will have picked the ideal spot for a residential project in the city's core, downtown observers say. read more>>

"Support builds for Project Downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 11/23/10

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to adopt Project Downtown, the master plan for revitalizing downtown Wichita. read more>>

"Deal is in the works for sale of Union Station" - Wichita Eagle, 11/18/10

A group of developers is near a deal with Cox Communications to buy the downtown Union Station complex and plan to create a mixed-use entertainment and retail venue in the historic train station, multiple sources say. read more>>

"Downtown Coleman building to be razed" - Wichita Eagle, 11/17/10

The historic Coleman Co. building at Second and St. Francis in downtown Wichita will be torn down. read more>>

"City of Wichita putting out guide to Downtown development incentives" - Wichita Eagle, 10/29/10

Downtown officials will roll out a 10-page guide to available development incentives next week, the first step in their one-stop information shop for retail and residential prospects.  The document, a comprehensive list of incentives and criteria to develop projects downtown, will be rolled out on the Wichita Downtown Development Corp's website.  read more>>

"Final Downtown Wichita plan is available" - Wichita Business Journal, 10/28/10

The city of Wichita and the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. are making public the final version of the city’s new master plan for downtown. read more>>

"Visioneers discuss ways to implement what they've learned" - Wichita Eagle, 10/14/10

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —As the Visioneering Wichita group prepared to hear about Louisville's parks and waterfront development on Wednesday — the group's last day in the Kentucky city — a discussion kicked off about what Wichita leaders are going to do with the information they learned here once they got home. read more>>

"Many reasons to support downtown plan" - Wichita Eagle, 10/7/10

Much has been said and written about the downtown master plan in the past few weeks. Even if you have no involvement of any kind with downtown, there are many reasons you should support the Goody Clancy plan. read more>>

"Reimaging Downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 10/3/10

What Boston-based consultants Goody Clancy have imagined for downtown Wichita is something much more than it has become in the decades since the department stores closed, major employers moved to the city’s fringes, and decay settled in even along once-grand Douglas Avenue. read more>>

"Embrace, implement downtown plan" - Wichita Eagle, 9/29/2010

Though the goal of a vibrant downtown Wichita has generated some successes over the past few decades, including the Old Town district and the Intrust Bank Arena, the process has been halting and frustrating. read more>>

"First look at city's future" - Wichita Eagle 9/29/2010

The Wichitans that filed into the Bank of America atrium Tuesday night didn't need a sales pitch on downtown revitalization. Several hundred of them came in search of details, and that was good enough for Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. read more>>

"Downtown changes to begin on Douglas" - Wichita Eagle, 9/28/2010

Wichita city officials announced Monday afternoon the first steps to implement the $600 million downtown revitalization master plan that will be unveiled today. read more>>

"Downtown Wichita's development direction will soon be clear" - Wichita Eagle, 9/26/2010

City officials on Tuesday will roll out a $600 million redevelopment plan for downtown Wichita, with $500 million of that coming from private investors over the next decade. read more>>

"Transit improvements key to downtown master plan" - Wichita Business Journal, 9/24/2010

Ridership on the city’s downtown Q-Line has spiked five-fold since INTRUST Bank Arena opened in January. read more>>

"Downtown master plan will change with city" - Wichita Eagle, 9/9/2010

It was important the downtown master plan be approached as a business plan based on economics. In the process, three economic specialists have identified our market demand in housing, retail, office and hotels. read more>>

"Carl Brewer: Downtown defines a city's identity" - Wichita Eagle, 8/29/2010

A Washington Post travel writer recently wrote about Wichita and focused on the appeal of its downtown. The piece reinforced what people attending community meetings have been saying: Downtown defines a city's identity.  read more>>

"Study: Grid, more frequent routes, would help Wichita transit serve commuters" - Wichita Business Journal, 8/25/2010

Wichita’s public transit system would be much more effective for commuters and consumers if it were laid out in a grid, rather than the current “hub and spoke” system in which all routes go downtown, the Wichita City Council heard Tuesday. read more>>

"KU study: Run buses on a grid" - Wichita Eagle, 8/25/2010

The city should ditch its bare-bones bus routes and switch to a grid system that cuts down on transfers and is easier to use, according to a new study by University of Kansas graduate students. read more>>

"Officials waver on bonds for grocery" - Wichita Eagle, 8/24/2010

Real Development's planned 17,000-square-foot Exchange Market & Deli, on the northeast corner of Douglas and Market, got a boost Monday morning when the Kansas Department of Commerce approved $2.5 million in federal bonds. read more>>

"City signs petition for Broadview CID" - Wichita Business Journal, 8/24/2010

The Wichita City Council agreed Tuesday that Mayor Carl Brewer should sign a petition authorizing possible creation of a Community Improvement District at the Broadview Hotel. read more>>

"Feedback from Wichitans on downtown has varied, but most want to see it as more than entertainment" - Wichita Eagle, 8/15/2010

The public has spoken about the future of Wichita’s downtown. Some of the answers surprised the people preparing for next month’s rollout of Wichita’s downtown revitalization master plan. read more>>

"Wichita's downtown land leases a jigsaw for developers" - Wichita Eagle, 8/8/2010

The time-honored custom of passing down land through generations is complicating plans to begin drawing developers to downtown Wichita, with the city's comprehensive revitalization plan a month away. read more>>

"As master plan nears completion, $100M in projects already under way downtown" - Wichita Business Journal, 8/6/2010

More than $100 million in capital investment projects either have been completed recently or are on the drawing board in downtown Wichita. read more>>

"Brothers' preservation efforst bring honor to Wichita Carnegie Library" - Wichita Eagle, 7/26/2010

When it opened nearly a century ago with a $75,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Wichita Carnegie Library was considered a temple of fine taste and culture. read more>>

"WaterWalk breaks ground on hotel, unveils new vision" - Wichita Business Journal 7/16/10

Developers of Wichita‟s WaterWalk development on Thursday celebrated the groundbreaking of a new hotel at the downtown project, along with progress on a landscaped area they‟re calling WaterWalk Commons.  read more>>

"WaterWalk hotel work starts; new era pledged" - Wichita Eagle, 7/16/10

With several pieces of construction equipment resting behind him, Jack DeBoer promised to usher in a new era of kept promises at WaterWalk. On Thursday evening, he hosted an elaborate groundbreaking for the new $12 million Fairfield Inn and Suites at WaterWalk, at the corner of Main and Dewey. read more>>

"Elaborating on WaterWalk" - Wichita Eagle, 7/13/10

Jack DeBoer's effort to revive WaterWalk now has a road map. This week, DeBoer is releasing his long-range plan for the troubled project in downtown Wichita and said he has had enough success in recent months to merit the public's confidence. read more>>

"Wichitans: Downtown needs to be easy to get around in" - Wichita Eagle, 7/8/10

Residents at a community meeting Wednesday night on the downtown revitalization plan said they wanted the area to become a destination for Wichitans that was easy to get around and easy to get to. read more>>

"Arena still on a good run" - Wichita Eagle, 7/8/10

Sarah Palin drew 2,973 in May for her fundraising speech at Intrust Bank Arena, according to a report provided Wednesday to the Sedgwick County Commission.  read more>>

"Get involved in downtown planning" - Wichita Eagle, 7/7/10

Wichita has had a few weeks now to live with the draft downtown master plan, as well as with the lifeless blocks and sidewalks of the status quo. Of course, Wichita also has had time to gather downtown to spend a summer night with the Eagles or Michael Buble at the Intrust Bank Arena, with Music Theatre of Wichita at Century II, with the Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, with a music act or moviemaker at the Orpheum Theatre, with friends in Old Town, or to enjoy one of the city's great attractions along the riverfront.  read more>>

"Downtown Wichita planners seek broader feedback" - Wichita Eagle, 7/7/10

The first of eight public meetings concerning Wichita's new downtown development plan is set for tonight. Designers want feedback and input from residents outside of the downtown area on their preliminary 20-year master plan revealed last month. Tonight's meeting is at 7 at the Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E. 19th St. read more>>

"Boathouse open again" - Wichita Eagle, 7/7/10

With a fresh coat of paint, new windows and re-finished hardwood floors, the Wichita Boathouse is ready for its first tenant in more than five years. A series of renovations totaling $650,000 wrapped up May 31 and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the new occupant, is beginning to move its collection into the building on the east bank of the Arkansas River near Waterman.  read more>>

"Cargill kicks off new building" - Wichita Eagle, 6/29/10

Cargill being Cargill, the traditional scooping of dirt with gold shovels was replaced by the slapping of steaks on a large grill. Cargill Meat Solutions officially kicked off construction of its $14.7 million, 75,000-square-foot Innovation Center at First and Wichita streets in downtown on Monday. read more>>

"Airbus expands in Old Town" - Wichita Eagle, 6/25/10

When Airbus wanted to expand engineering work in Wichita, it was great news for Bill Greer. But it also created a problem for him. There wasn't enough room at the Airbus North America Engineering office in Old Town.  read more>>

"Publicly funded projects would need an open approach" - Wichita Eagle, 6/20/10

If the city is going to pump more public money into downtown revitalization, it needs a clear set of guidelines for developers and a transparent vetting process that inspires public confidence, consultants say.  read more>>

"Plan envisions warm, walkable downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 6/20/10

Wichita needs to create communities downtown, a team of East Coast consultants said last week as they began to add detail to their vision of a revitalized center city.  read more>>

"Downtown master plan can work" - Wichita Eagle, 6/20/10

An urban landscape with more of everything, starting with people. Places to live, work and gather alongside the great Arkansas River, as well as ways to access it. The gaps filled in with more bars, restaurants, stores, hotels and parks. Districts that are walkable but also linked by bus transit.  read more>>

"The arena's effect" - Wichita Eagle, 6/17/10

Intrust Bank Arena's first six months are beginning to filter down to its downtown neighbors. SMG, the arena's operator, is the big financial winner so far, but it's not alone. There have been losers, too, as neighborhood businesses find their way with new arena traffic.  read more>>

"Rapid bus proposed for Downtown Wichita" - Wichita Eagle 6/17/10

In the 1920s, streetcars zinged up and down Douglas Avenue. Then, as was the case in many cities, they were removed as more people began using cars. read more>>

Live, work and play: Draft of downtown Wichita plan revealed

Wary of trying to scoot across the expanse of Douglas to reach Century II? Want something to finally be done with the old Henry's building at Broadway and William? Want to come downtown, park once and still be able to get from one end to the other? read more>>

Details of plan for downtown Wichita to be presented Monday

Wichitans will get their "first tangible sense of what downtown can be" during Monday's detailed look at a consultant's vision for the future. The 5:30 p.m. presentation by Goody Clancy officials at the Scottish Rite Temple, 332 E. First St., will be the public's first look at how the consultants think downtown attractions can best be linked. read more>>

Wichita deserves a vibrant downtown

Wichita’s downtown still leaves a lot to be desired. Decades of talk and millions of dollars of public investment have produced results, yet have fallen short of transforming the city’s heart into the place to work, live, shop, dine and party and — most important — into a source of pride. read more >>

Burk reaches 90 percent occupancy at Flats, says downturn apartment market is strong

Old Town developer Dave Burk says his latest creation — The Flats at 324 —
has reached 90 percent occupancy five months after he converted the old
Wichita High School to apartments. read more>>

Cargill to build R&D site downtown

Downtown revitalization landed its first major corporate endorsement Tuesday when Cargill officials announced plans to build a $14.7 million innovation center on Wichita Street between First and Second streets. read more>>

Cargill Meat Solutions buys land in downtown Wichita

Cargill Meat Solutions on May 5 purchased a half city block at 1st and Wichita streets. The property contains a parking lot. Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has purchased half a city block near its downtown Wichita headquarters as it seeks approval from its parent company to build a new research and development center in the city’s core.  read more>>

Downtown, diversified: Consultants envision variety of niche districts

Goody Clancy officials brought their plan to revitalize downtown into a little clearer focus Wednesday night before about 225 people at the Scottish Rite center. read more>>

Downtown Wichita condo project gets $10.3 million in funding from city

Real Development's ambitious Exchange Place condo project in the heart of downtown is moving forward. After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, Wichita City Council members approved a total of $10.3 million in city financing Tuesday. That gives the Minnesota-based developers the assets they say they need to secure a $30 million, federally backed loan. read more>>

Bill opens doors for Broadview Hotel remodel

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Monday signed a bill revamping the state's historic-tax-credit program. read more>>

Residents helping revive downtown

It used to seem as if there were more statues of people downtown than actual human beings. But that has been changing, and the number of people living downtown could double in coming years — which is important to reviving downtown and growing our city. read more>>

Business real estate downtown in demand

Steve Wilbur has the "inventory wanted" sign out at his downtown Wichita brokerage. Wilbur, managing broker at United Country Theurer Auction/Realty at 509 E. Douglas, said Monday that demand is mounting for commercial property downtown.  read more>>

"Group of Wichitans helps create downtown's future" - Wichita Eagle, 02/28/10

About 130 people — community activists, civic leaders, elected officials, business representatives, downtown residents and others — showed up Saturday to help craft the future of downtown Wichita.  read more>>

"'First Step' for Broadview" - Wichita Eagle, 02/12/10

Senate panel advances historic tax credit plan.  read more>>

"Survey looks at which retailers can thrive downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 02/04/10

In about eight weeks, Wichita officials should have the beginnings of a retail recruitment checklist, spelling out the types of businesses that can prosper in a successfully revitalized downtown.  read more>>

"WaterWalk hotel gets council's OK" - Wichita Eagle, 02/03/10

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved a set of financial incentives to jump-start commercial development at WaterWalk.  read more>>

"Hotel deal may be as good as it gets" - Wichita Eagle, 02/02/10

Wichita City Council members surely wish they could land another high-quality hotel for WaterWalk without the use of public funds and incentives, and that the proposal for a $12 million Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites had come up when the public mood wasn't so hostile toward government and its spending.  read more>>

"New app maps arena parking, restaurants" - Wichita Eagle, 01/28/10

The Wichita Downtown Development Corp. and the city have rolled out the latest in a series of moves to connect Intrust Bank Arena customers with parking and entertainment: a mobile application mapping available parking lots and nearby restaurants for specific arena events.  read more>>

"Consultant: Downtown needs hotel, office space" - Wichita Eagle, 01/14/10

Housing isn't the only market not being met by Wichita's Downtown.  read more>>

"Firm: Downtown needs housing" - Wichita Eagle, 01/12/10

Wichita's downtown has the market to support 1,000 new households over the next five to seven years.  read more>>

"Before arena events, dinner will be a main concern." - Wichita Eagle, 01/08/10

Mary Wright's decision this week to keep the Old Mill Tasty Shop open on event nights at Intrust Bank Arena surprised even her.  read more>>

"Airbus to add 80 Wichita jobs" - Wichita Eagle, 01/08/10

Airbus North America will add 80 new jobs in Wichita over the next three years, the company said Thursday.  read more>>

"City says it's ready as it can be for arena's debut" - Wichita Eagle, 12/28/09

A pricey welcome mat of asphalt, steel and cement is rolled out in all directions for the opening of Intrust Bank Arena this
week.  read more>>

"Development downtown awaits thaw in market" - Wichita Eagle, 12/28/09

There are commercial and residential projects on the table downtown, many with a local flavor, according to a variety of city officials. But the reality is that completed deals will come slowly in 2010, as the commercial credit crunch sorts itself out and as a Boston-based consultant finishes work on a long-range master plan for downtown redevelopment.  read more>>

"Walkers offer ideas to improve downtown."  -  Wichita Eagle, 12/06/09

Charlie and Cindy Claycomb are fans of Wichita State University's volleyball team and wish they could have spent the weekend watching the women play in the NCAA Tournament in Ames, Iowa.  Instead, they stayed home and took part in events designed to allow them to put their mark on shaping downtown's future. read more>>

"How Walkable is Downtown?" - Wichita Eagle, 12/05/09

A bank sign flashed a temperature reading of 31 degrees shortly after noon Friday. Nice day for a stroll around downtown? Not really.  read more>>

"Consultants: Patience key to downtown plan." - Wichita Eagle, 11/19/09

Some themes are emerging as the city's downtown revitalization consultant continues its listening tour.  read more>>

"Design firm confident in downtown possibilities" - Wichita Eagle, 10/18/09

David Dixon laughs at the question: Can Wichita's downtown be successfully redeveloped? "Certainly," said Dixon, the principal in charge of urban planning and design at Goody, Clancy & Associates in Boston. Dixon's firm has a $500,000 contract to pull together a vision of what Wichitans want from their downtown.  read more>>

"Wichita City Council votes to hire downtown developer" - Wichita Eagle, 10/14/09

Downtown development philosophies clashed in the Wichita City Council chambers on Tuesday.  read more>>

"Wichita City Council to vote on downtown consultant" - Wichita Eagle, 10/12/09

In a little more than a year, Wichita may have a new, 20-year blueprint for downtown revitalization.  City leaders and consultants say the plan will be based on input from residents. It's likely to call for taxpayers to continue investing money in the city's core, roughly bounded by Kellogg, Central, Seneca and Washington.  read more>>

"City set to finalize contract for downtown revitalization plan" - Wichita Eagle, 10/07/09

Wichita officials are nearing a $500,000 agreement with Goody Clancy to develop a downtown revitalization master plan.  read more>>

"Q-Line trolley will run 6 nights a week" - Wichita Eagle, 10/06/09

Those looking for a free lift around downtown will have more options starting this week. The city-operated Q-Line trolleys have expanded service to six nights a week from three. The trolleys now run from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, and from noon to midnight on Saturday.  read more>>

"Boston firm will develop plan for new downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 9/26/09

A Boston planning firm has been selected to develop a business plan for downtown Wichita's future. Goody Clancy is the lead planner in a seven-firm consortium unanimously chosen Friday afternoon by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer's downtown revitalization steering committee.  read more>>

Downtown consultant endorsed

Steering committee recommends Goody Clancy.  The Wichita Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee today endorsed the selection of Goody Clancy to lead the downtown planning process. The firm was chosen from four finalists that made public presentations Tuesday and Wednesday.  read more>>

"City has planning firms' proposals" - Wichita Eagle, 9/2/09

The four finalists to plan downtown's future have submitted proposals that they will outline to the public in Wichita later this month.  read more>>

"Mayor: Cox building sale's collapse won't hurt downtown" - Wichita Eagle, 9/1/09

The collapse last week of a deal to buy Union Station poses no threat to planning downtown revitaliation, says the mayor.  read more>>

"Wichita may eliminate public parking in City Hall garage" - Wichita Eagle, 8/19/09

Public parking in the garage attached to Wichita City Hall could soon be eliminated.  read more >>

"City wants fountains more in the center of WaterWalk" - Wichita Eagle, 8/15/09

The sluggish WaterWalk project downtown may soon undergo its fifth major change since city officials approved the shopping, office and condo venture seven years ago.  read more >>

"High-tech signs, sales system next for arena" - Wichita Eagle, 8/11/09

As the Intrust Bank Arena nears completion, the Sedgwick County Commission is poised to spend about $1.1 million on high-tech parking signs and cash registers.  read more >>

"With five months to go, Wichita arena parking still a mystery" - Wichita Eagle, 8/1/09

It has been more than three years since 721 Wichita and Sedgwick County residents filled out surveys showing how adamant they are about having parking near Intrust Bank Arena, the big house their tax dollars built.  read more >>

"Drinking law works out fine, police say" - Wichita Eagle, 8/1/09

Hundreds of people crowded into Old Town Square on Friday night to celebrate the city's new All-America City status and take advantage of a new state law that allows drinking between venues.  read more >>

"City names finalists for downtown proposals." - Wichita Eagle, 7/24/09

Four finalists were selected Thursday to submit proposals to handle downtown Wichita's revitalization master plan.  read more >>

"Downtown has enough parking, but it's confusing, consultants say." - Wichita Eagle, 7/17/09

Wichita must "unwaky" its downtown parking, a Sedgwick County commissioner said Thursday, drawing a laugh but also making a point that others say is crucial to the success of Intrust Bank Arena.  read more >>

"A peak into Intrust Bank Arena" - Wichita Eagle, 7/10/09

The hockey players' lockers at Intrust Bank Arena sport a feature you likely will never see but certainly could appreciate.  read more>>

"City Gives $225,000 for Downtown Plans" - Wichita Eagle, 5/6/2009

The WIchita City Council pledged $225,000 in city and federal funds Tuesday to a comprehensive planning process for downtown redevelopment.  The move clears the way to hire a planner this summer to develop a way to link the city's downtown attractions in a series of entertainment and retail corridors.  read more >>

"Public, Private Sectors Unite to Launch Improvement Plan." - Wichita Eagle, 4/24/2009 

The Wichita Downtown Development Corp. board kicked off a drive Thursday to raise at least $500,000 for downtown’s redevelopment plan, committing $175,000 of its own money.  read more >>

"WDDC Invests $175,000 Toward Downtown Plan" - Wichita Business Journal, 4/23/2009 

The Wichita Downtown Development Corp. on Thursday announced it would provide $175,000 toward a comprehensive development plan for downtown Wichita. The funding comes as numerous public meetings are being held, at the request of Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, by downtown stakeholders to discuss the future of the city’s core. read more >>

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