New Advanced Learning Library
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on-site to celebrate the beginning of this $33 million project.
The Wichita Public Library and the City of Wichita broke ground on the new Advanced Learning Library on Wednesday, July 6. The new library will be constructed on the southwest corner of Second and McLean across from Exploration Place. Plans for the project include a multitude of flexible community meeting spaces that can function independently or together along with a large meeting room that will have seating for up to 300 people. Technology will include over 100 computers and charging stations, which will be available for public use. view all >
Cargill unveils rendering of their new Downtown headquarters
$60 million development will create an innovative space for employees and customers
Cargill officials recently unveiled a preliminary rendering of Cargill Meat Solution�s new Downtown headquarters, which will be located at the site of the former Wichita Eagle Building at 825 E. Douglas. The new building will pay homage to the warehouse character of Old Town through its use of similar materials, while incorporating a modern design with an open floor plan and spaces for collaboration. Employees will also be able to utilize private outdoor patio and courtyard spaces. The innovative new headquarters will also increase connectivity between INTRUST Bank Arena, Union Station and Old Town. Proposed completion is summer 2018. view all >
River Vista
A new residential development project for Project Downtown's Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River
River Vista, a planned residential development, will transform the west bank of the Arkansas River in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, 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 along the river. view all >
Broadway Autopark Apartments
Empty parking garage will transform into 44 residential units
The vacant parking garage at 303 S. Broadway will be transformed into 44 new residential units. The apartments will feature a mid-century modern style, embracing the unique aspects of the parking garage. Tenants will have secure front door parking, outdoor patios and more. Construction is currently underway and estimated completion is late 2017. view all >
Hilton Garden Inn
New Downtown Hotel will transform the corner of Douglas and Topeka
Plans have been approved to transform the Commerce Plaza building at the corner of Douglas and Topeka into a Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel will include 120-130 guest rooms, meeting space and a rooftop bar. The project will also utilize the neighboring parking garage, allotting slots for guest parking. Construction crews have already begun with demo to the interior of the building. Developers hope to complete the hotel prior to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that will he held at INTRUST Bank Arena in spring of 2018.
Historic renovations complete at 520Commerce
Project renovations are complete at the former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses in the Commerce Street Arts District
Epoch Developments, LLC has completed renovations on a set of buildings at 518-520 S. Commerce in Downtown Wichita. The newly named 520Commerce is a mixed-use property in the Commerce Arts District includes 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project builds on the continual progress in Wichita's core. view all >
The Douglas
Tower 1 is complete, Towers 2 and 3 are underway
The Douglas, formerly known as Exchange Place, project is revitalizing 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 Bitting Building is now complete and the renovation of the Exchange Place building is well underway. The project includes 240 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 former Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
2016 State of Downtown Report
Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita continues to drive investment and interest in the urban core.
The State of Downtown report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The document covers activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and arts and culture, and is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in Downtown real estate. 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 >
The Flats 324 continues to expand
In addition to the recently completed modern expansion, the Flats 324 plans to build 60 new units
A second expansion is in the works for the Flats 324, located in the historic Wichita High School. Plans include converting the adjacent property at 412 E. Third Street into a second clubhouse. Two of the neighboring parking lots will be converted into an additional 60 new units. The property’s first expansion added 70 new units and new amenities such as a clubhouse with complementary Wi-Fi, a pool, a pet washing station and more. view all >
Progress on Parking at Market & William
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
In 2014 Wichita City Council 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. Recent repairs have stabilized the structure and will open all nine floors and 434 spaces of the garage once signage and final touches are complete. The rehabilitated and bright garage will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
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 >
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 >
Douglas Avenue Development
Douglas Avenue is under transformation as Project Downtown becomes a reality. Over $280 million of investment has recently been completed or is currently underway at key sites along Downtown's postcard avenue, such as the Advanced Learning Library, the Hilton Garden Inn and Cargill Protein Group's new division headquarters. Once complete, these projects will not only enhance previous projects, but they will transform the way residents, workers and visitors experience Downtown.
New Downtown Wichita Residential
The Douglas at Market and Douglas
The Douglas is driving momentum at the corner of Douglas and Market. This project will revitalize two empty buildings and construct a new parking garage in Downtown Wichita.
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress
In 2015, $180 million of development was initiated along Downtown's postcard avenue, Douglas Avenue. Last year, residential project announcements set the stage to double the core's resident population. With these key developments, and many more, the Downtown envisioned in Project Downtown is becoming a reality.
Feb 24
The future of one of Wichita’s most beloved – yet slowly aging – buildings is still in flux.
Feb 24
The pace of changes and improvements in downtown Wichita is staggering, even to Jeff Fluhr.
Feb 16
The partners at Method Productions are expanding and formalizing a few things they offer.
Feb 15
In the little more than a year since Uniquities opened in Old Town, the shop has grown so much in popularity.
Feb 13
Wichita Event Rentals owners first considered buying the longtime Cowie Electric building downtown, they wanted it to be an office.
Feb 07
Thirty years after becoming an occupational therapist, Melissa Smith has decided to go into business for herself.
Feb 07
Van Gogh murals and “giant speed bumps” will highlight a $3.5 million plan to make Old Town prettier and safer.
"The Wichita Toy Train Club" (WTTC) is an organization of collectors and operators for both classic tinplate and current hi-rail trains. Club members are generally oriented toward "O-gauge" (Lionel, MTH, Atlas, Williams, Weaver, Marx) and "S-gauge" (American Flyer). Some members are also interested in the larger "G" and smaller "HO" and "N" gauges, with some extensive layouts house at our museum. Come visit us, and we can put you in touch with many other model toy organizations.
Back by popular demand, Roxy's Downtown presents The Golden Girls, a theatrical parody that is sure to please everyone!Doors open at 7:00 p.m.Rated PG-13, 18 to enter & 21 to drink.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, dress and food of Vietnamese culture and traditions. Try your hand at the popular game Bau cua ca cop. Dance with a lion mask. Pose for an interactive family photo. Program your own fireworks show.Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival was created by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.
Travel back in time to a frigid world where woolly mammoths, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, massive bears and cave people roam. Encounter how these animals and humans adapt to this world through life-sized animatronics. Touch real fossils from this time period. Examine cave drawings found throughout Europe. Discover the Ice Age is produced by Imagine Exhibitions.
Vietnamese Language Classes Ages 5 and up Saturdays, 11 - 11:30 a.m. February 4 - April 22 Learn Vietnamese vocabulary such as greetings, colors, numbers and names of food.
Join Mosley Street Melodrama as they present East Side/West Side Story. Enjoy an evening full of laughs as they portray the epic battle between East and West Wichita. Watch the story unfold as two star crossed lovers from opposite sides of town fall instantly in love. The show will be followed by Pop Goes the 80's Musical Comedy Revue.Doors open at 6:00 p.m.Dinner from Pig In Pig Out served from 6:15-7:30 p.m.Show begins at 7:50 p.m.
Come enjoy live jazz performed by local talent each Friday and Saturday evening in the historic Keen Kutter Lounge in the heart of historic Old Town.
The Kansas Music Educators Association is hosting a series of concerts and events from Orchestra, Choir, and Band. The concerts and performances will take place from February 23-25 at Century II. Go to to purchase tickets and learn more information about the events.
Each year, KMEA hosts an In-Service Workshop at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. At this important annual event, speakers, performers, and vendors gather together to represent the best of music education throughout the state.
  For almost 2 decades, Todd Rexx aka T-Rexx has been a natural who quickly wins over any audience with his cunning wit, over the top impersonations and brilliant crowd interaction. His on stage antics, accompanied by his twisted imagination, create a comedic concoction that captivates audiences, literally leaving them rolling in the aisles, crying for more.