Pop-Up Urban Park
The temporary Pop-Up Urban Park is now open in Downtown
"The Hole" along Douglas has been filled and transformed into a temporary Pop-Up Urban Park in the core of Downtown Wichita! The new park provides an opportunity for nearby office workers and residents to enjoy food trucks in the park, participate in outdoor activities, and connect with one another to foster community spirit. On Friday, September 25, the public gathered at the site to celebrate the grand opening of the park with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food trucks, and live music. The park will be activated daily with food trucks and other activities. Keep up-to-date by following ICT Pop-Up Park on Facebook. view all >
Union Station: A Key Redevelopment project in Downtown Wichita
$54 Million renovation planned for historic Downtown property
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings will soon be underway as new plans have been announced. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion projects for the Downtown Union Station campus. This project will be key in enhancing walkability between INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town. view all >
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
Seventy new residential units coming to Central and Waco in Downtown.
Seventy new apartment units are under construction at Central and Waco. The new property will build on the continued success of the Downtown residential market. With close proximity to the major employers in Downtown and nearby Riverside Park and Arkansas River bike paths, the new loft apartments will offer an additional urban alternative for the community. Resident amenities will include a tenant clubhouse with a lounge gathering space with flat screen TVs, a bike share program for residents to enjoy nearby bike paths and Riverside Park and more. view all >
River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
River Vista, a planned residential and mixed-use development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, commercial space, parking and a possible hotel. This project will activate the river through riverfront improvements as well as a Boats & Bikes concept that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors. view all >
Progress on Parking at Market & William
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
The Wichita City Council recently approved a $9.68 million plan to renovate the former Macy's Garage at 212 S Market, which the City gained ownership of in November 2013. The repairs will stabilize the structure and will open all nine floors and 550 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. View a video of construction progress under the "Media" tab.
Exchange Place
A $66 million development project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Exchange Place project will revitalize two empty, deteriorating buildings - the pink marbled Exchange Building and the white brick Bitting Building on the northeast and northwest corners of Douglas and Market. The project includes 230 residential units on Douglas Avenue, along with commercial and retail space on the ground floor. In addition, the project will incorporate a new 273-space parking garage with ground floor retail, residential and commercial space in the adjacent non-developed Douglas Avenue frontage. The new infill development will replace the existing Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
2015 State of Downtown Report
Economic data documenting the transformation of our City center
2014 was a transformational year for Downtown Wichita. Over 260 new residential units opened, boosting the Downtown population to 1,872 people, and 550 residential units are currently under construction or in planning. Over $30 million of investment by the private and public sectors positioned Downtown for expanded growth in 2015 and beyond. Property values continue on a positive trend upwards since the implementation of Project Downtown in 2010. The 2015 State of Downtown Report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate. It is intended to be a reference tool for research or project due diligence for those developing in Downtown Wichita. view all >
Mosley Avenue Project
Transformation is underway to the north of Old Town on Mosley Avenue.
The streetscape enhancements for Old Town will soon be expanding to the north. Mosley Avenue from 2nd Street to 3rd Street and also Rock Island for one-half block north will be improved. The corridors will be reconstructed as brick streets and sidewalks with amenities and on-street parking consistent with the design of the other streets in Old Town. view all >
Wichita State Creating a Major Downtown Presence to Focus on Public Service
Wichita State University has announced plans for a major commitment to downtown Wichita with the creation of WSU Old Town. The initiative will involve the relocation of some prominent WSU units focused on health care and outreach to Wichita businesses and the larger community. WSU is estimating about 200 faculty and staff will work in Old Town, while 300 students will be involved in classes or clinical work there and more than 15,000 visitors will attend educational sessions, meetings or community activities in the WSU facilities.
Updated Residential Market Analysis
Downtown Wichita can absorb 1,750 new residential units in the next five to seven years.
Zimmerman/Volk Associates has recently completed a study of the residential market in Downtown Wichita. This study has shown that Downtown is seeing tremendous progress in the growth of our residential market and can continue to expand to 1,750 residential units in the next five to seven years.
Douglas Ave Underpass
Final designs will help transform this key connector between Douglas Avenue, INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town
Final schematic designs for the Douglas Ave Underpass were recently released at a public open house. Through a grant received by the WDDC from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation, LawKingdon architecture was able to derive design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view all >
Recently purchased warehouses provide opportunity for development
Plans announced for former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses
Craig Slawson, of Colorado-based Slawson Enegry, has purchased three buildings in the Commerce Street Arts District at 518-520 Commerce. Plans include renovating the warehouses into live/work spaces for artists and customizable commercial properties. view all >
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
The WDDC received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation to construct a Pop-Up Urban Park in "The Hole" on Douglas Avenue. view story >
Downtown Living Tour
Explore exciting Downtown living options during the free public Downtown Living Tour, Sunday, March 29th from 1-5pm.
Parking at Market &William Renovation
Progress continues on the renovation of the former Macy's Garage, now known as Parking at Market & William. This project will open up 550 spaces which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. view story >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
LawKingdon derived design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view story >
Oct 09
Gary Oborny and Chad Stafford are creating a long-anticipated downtown Wichita connector.
Oct 08
The Wichita Downtown Development Corp. was recently recognized with a merit award following its work on a 2014 speaker series.
Oct 05
The first piece of the Union Station renovation in downtown Wichita will open Oct. 15.
Oct 01
The largest tenant in the Grand Hotel building of the Union Station development downtown is set to open in two weeks.
Oct 01
Jennifer Allen is stepping down as president of the Orpheum Theatre in November.
Oct 01
Old Town’s most ubiquitous business owner is at it again.
Support local merchants, and save money on the second Saturday of every month. Simply purchase a re-usable 2nd Saturday shopping bag or keycard and tag for $5 and receive discounts at any of the participating merchants located in the Douglas Design District, Delano, Downtown and Old Town. Check the 2nd Saturday website monthly to see where you can save!
Evil Dead the Musical Based on Sam Raimi's 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, "camp" takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon." Tickets are $25.00 per person for Show Only, or $40.00 per person for Dinner and Show. Tickets are paid at time of reservation or at door and dinner is paid at the end of the evening to your wait staff. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and are required for Dinner and Show. 6:30 pm - Doors Open 6:30 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show
With 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past thirty years the band’s concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
Century II Expo Hall will be hosting the FIT FOR LIFExpo where you will find lots of resources about fitness, sports, nutrition, health, wellness, medical technology and senior living. It is the place for all of your health matters! The FIT FOR LIFExpo is also the place for runners to pick up their registration materials. Expo Hours: 9am-5pm
KMUW - Wichita Public Radio is celebrating its move to Old Town with a free concert series in the Farm and Art Market Plaza. Wichita's NPR station is a connoisseur of interesting and excellent music, and this is your chance to see some of it performed live. Saturday, September 26 - 7pm Saturday, October 3 - 7pm Saturday, October 10 - 7pm The series kicks off on Saturday, September 26, featuring jazz/experimental music from the William Flynn Trio followed by WSU Student Jazz combos before the concert wraps up with Brazilian choro jazz from A Terra Plana. October 3 features Texas soul with the band Roxy Roca, the electrified honky-tonk surf duo of Crushed Out, blues/country/jazz-inspired music from Feral Foster and the country/soul/rock of The Comfort Revue. Then, the blues will finish out the season as the Nick Schnebelan Band and The Macy Brothers perform on October 10.
Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Hitchcock’s Psycho Motel written and directed by JR Hurst followed by Halloween Spooktacular Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Cianna Atchison, Joshua Brown, Craig Green, Briley Meek, Megan Parlsey, & Ryan Schafer. Showtimes: September 17 – October 31 Thursday, Friday and Saturday Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
Join the Music Theatre for Young People as they perform Footloose! When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Showtimes: Friday, October 9 - 7:30pm Saturday, October 10 - 7:30pm Sunday, October 11 - 2:30pm Ticket prices: Adults: $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Students: $10
Join Public at the Brickyard for beers, music and bierocks on Saturday, October 10 from 1-5 pm! The Old Town courtyard will be transformed into a german style beer garden. Publics new food trailer Boss Dogg will serve german delicacies like bierocks, sauerkraut soup and brats. Britt & Zach from Keen Kutter will perform on the Brickyard stage starting at 2 pm! Entry is $10 and includes a Free State Oktoberfest Beer Stein & a full pint of beer. Oktoberfest Line-Up: Free State Octoberfest Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen Paulaner Original Munchner Lager Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Wyder's Dry Pear Cider
Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun! Old Town Farmers' Market is open Saturdays from 7am - Noon.
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission will be hosting the Prairie Fire Marathon which has multiple races. For the first time, not only is a full marathon race offered, but also a half marathon, 5K, youth marathon and one-mile walk. Since the inaugural race in 2010 the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has contributed over $70,000 to other local charities and organizations. Race Schedule: Sunday, October 11 7:30am Via Christi Prairie Fire Marathon and Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center Half Marathon Start (there is no early start) 7:50am Visit Wichita - Mayor's 5K Challenge Start 8:45am Visit Wichita - Mayors's 5K Awards 10:00am Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center Half Marathon Awards 11:00am Youth Marathon & Fun Run/Walk Start 12:00pm Via Christi Prairie Fire Marathon Awards