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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
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.
INTRUST Bank Arena Celebrates Five Years
The Arena celebrates five successful years increasing the quality of life for Wichitans, creating memories, and providing world-class entertainment.
Five years ago, construction was completed on a 15,004-seat arena in the heart of Wichita through a community driven one-cent sales tax increase. It has been ranked the 7th busiest arena in the United States according to Venues Today 2014 Top Stops. Most recently, the NCAA awarded Wichita as one of the eight sites for the 2018 First and Second Round Men's Basketball Championship. This event will create an estimated $10 million economic impact for the Wichita community. To kick-off the five year anniversary, a 5th Anniversary Concert Series is planned, a newly designed website has been launched for the venue, and commemorative ticket stock and souvenir cups will be used during arena events.
Knight Foundation Grant will transform “The Hole” on Douglas Avenue
Grant opportunity will transform eyesore and change perceptions
The WDDC received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation to construct a Pop-Up Urban Park in "The Hole" on Douglas Avenue. This grant provides the resources to transform and activate an eyesore in the core of our City. Recently, the WDDC hosted a design charrette, which engaged Kansas State University design students along with local design professionals, developers, business owners and residents to further develop the plan for the Pop-Up Urban Park. view all >
River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
River Vista, a planned residential and mixed-use development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 154-unit apartment building, commercial space, parking and a possible hotel. This project will activate the river through riverfront improvements as well as a Boats & Bikes concept that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors. view all >
Westar Energy renews sponsorship for 2015 WDDC Design Internship Program
Westar Energy partners with WDDC to engage students in revitalizing Downtown Wichita
For the fourth consecutive year Westar Energy will sponsor the WDDC's Design Internship Program. This experience provides opportunities for a student to work directly with developers, City officials and other business professionals on design concepts for actual projects that will enhance and revitalize the urban core. Westar's commitment contributes to the continuing education and engagement of young talent through the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. view all >
Updated Residential Market Analysis
Downtown Wichita can absorb 1,750 new residential units in the next five to seven years.
Zimmerman/Volk Associates has recently completed a study of the residential market in Downtown Wichita. This study has shown that Downtown is seeing tremendous progress in the growth of our residential market and can continue to expand to 1,750 residential units in the next five to seven years.
Douglas Ave Underpass
Final designs will help transform this key connector between Douglas Avenue, INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town
Final schematic designs for the Douglas Ave Underpass were recently released at a public open house. Through a grant received by the WDDC from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation, LawKingdon architecture was able to derive design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view all >
Parking at Market &William Renovation
Progress continues on the renovation of the former Macy's Garage, now known as Parking at Market & William. This project will open up 550 spaces which will benefit nearby businesses and the public. view story >
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
LawKingdon derived design concepts to revitalize the historic underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. view story >
Jeff Fluhr on St. Francis Street Revitalization
Jeff Fluhr, President of WDDC speaks on St. Francis Street revitalization. Since the conversion of the street from a one-way to a two-way, there have been an influx of public and private investments and new businesses. This success can be attributed to the vision outlined in Project Downtown.

Video courtesy of the Wichita Eagle. view story >

July 01
The 21st Annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party is back on.
Jun 29
For 106 years, the Michigan Building stood sentinel downtown.
Jun 29
Patterson Legal Group recently moved to a new office within the Farm Credit Bank building.
Jun 27
The 21st annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party will go on as originally scheduled.
Jun 26
A $24 million plan to develop a portion of the west bank of the Arkansas River is moving forward.
Jun 26
Wichita State University’s mens basketball ball team will play its Dec. 12 game against the University of Utah downtown at Intrust Bank Arena.
Jun 24
Activity in the local commercial real estate market remains spotty, area brokers say.
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Anchorman of Steel, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Totally Rad Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Craig Green, Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley and Kyle Vespestad. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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The Museum of World Treasures Family Night offers guest reduced admission and extended hours. Family Night is the first Thursday evening of every month from 5-7pm. Cost to enter is only $5 per person, children under four are free.
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Anchorman of Steel, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Totally Rad Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Craig Green, Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley and Kyle Vespestad. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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Slide the City hosted by the Wichita Parks Foundation will have a 1,000 foot slip and slide set up on the Lewis Street bridge heading west to Sycamore. The event will take place during the Independence Day Block Party which will have other fun activities. Purchase your tickets early because the slip and slide can only hold 6000 sliders during the day!
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Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun! Old Town Farmers' Market is open Saturdays from 7am - Noon.
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Sigh for the dainty heroine, cheer the stalwart hero and boo & hiss the dastardly villain at Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre – where you are part of the action! Now playing is Anchorman of Steel, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Totally Rad Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Craig Green, Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley and Kyle Vespestad. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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The Wichita Parks Foundation will host the inaugural Independence Day Block Party presented by Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers on Saturday, July 4 from 1pm - 10:30pm in Downtown on the Hyatt Lawn, the Lewis Street Bridge, and west to Maple and Sycamore. The Block Party will have food venders, family friendly activities, Slide the City, concerts, skate and bike demos and so much more. To end the night there will be fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.
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Music Theatre Wichita: Billy Elliot The Musical An accidental visit to a ballet class sets in motion a life-changing experience for a small boy in a British mining town. Based on the award-winning film, this powerful stage adaptation won 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Show times: Wednesday, July 8 – 8pm Thursday, July 9 – 8pm Friday, July 10 – 8pm Saturday, July 11 – 2pm and 8pm Sunday, July 12 – 2pm and 7pm
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Go to Warren's Old Town Theatre Grille for $5 movies on Wednesdays! All tickets are $5 on Wednesdays, no other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00. Sony Pictures does not allow discounts on their films.
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Go to Warren's Old Town Theatre Grille for $5 movies on Wednesdays! All tickets are $5 on Wednesdays, no other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00. Sony Pictures does not allow discounts on their films.