Union Station
Developers announce $54 Million project
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings will soon be underway as new plans have been announced. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion projects for the Downtown Union Station campus. view all >
Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The WDDC, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series will engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future. Speakers include Carol Coletta, James Chung and Brad Segal. All three keynotes are open to the public. view all >
Updated Residential Market Analysis
Downtown Wichita can absorb 1,750 new residential units in the next five to seven years.
Zimmerman/Volk Associates has recently completed a study of the residential market in Downtown Wichita. This study has shown that Downtown is seeing tremendous progress in the growth of our residential market and can continue to expand to 1,750 residential units in the next five to seven years.
2013 State of Downtown Report
The WDDC is pleased to present the 2013 State of Downtown Report
The report provides economic data that documents the transformation of our City's center including an overview of Downtown investment as well as activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality and entertainment. WDDC initiatives, development project updates and Downtown demographic trends are presented in the document as well. This report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in real estate. view all >
River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
Recently approved by the Wichita City Council, the new development, River Vista, will be a 154-unit apartment project with a 20,000 SF two-story commercial building located on McLean Boulevard. Along with this development, the City has committed to make improvements to the river front and adjacent Delano Park. view all >
Old Town Farmers' Market
Old Town Farmers' Market supports local growers through a weekly event in Old Town.
Downtown is a place for community. The Old Town Farmers' Market, a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants from local ranches, dairies, farms and nurseries. The market is a vital part of the community and a wonderful way to experience Downtown. Old Town Farmer's Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday, May 3 through October 11, 2014, in the Old Town Farm & Art Market Square located at 1st and Mosley.
WATERWALK APARTMENTS
Currently under construction, the new WaterWalk Apartments will offer flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, will deliver flexible living choices with all bills paid, short leases, furnished or unfurnished one, two or three bedroom new apartments on the West bank of Arkansas River and adjacent to the Wichita Ice Center. view all >
New Mixed-use project in Old Town
New Project will transform former Grant-Billingly building in the heart of Old Town
Renovations are currently underway by Old Town developer Dave Burk at the three-story building at 143 N. Rock Island. This mixed-use project includes eight upscale apartments in the top two floors, as well as retail and office space in the ground level floor previously occupied by Suede bar.
Recently purchased warehouses provide opportunity for development
Plans announced for former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses
Craig Slawson, of Colorado-based Slawson Enegry, has purchased three buildings in the Commerce Street Arts District at 518-520 Commerce. Plans include renovating the warehouses into live/work spaces for artists and customizable commercial properties. view all >
Progress on Macy's Garage
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
The Wichita City Council recently approved a $9.68 million plan to renovate the former Macy's Garage at 212 S Market, which the City gained ownership of in November 2013. The repairs will stabilize the structure and will open all nine floors and 550 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
The LUX is now leasing!
MODERN. DOWNTOWN. LIVING.
The leasing has begun! The LUX is currently leasing spaces available for move in immediately. The LUX is the redevelopment of the Kansas Gas & Electric Building on First and Market Street. The project will be a mixed-use development offering office, residential and luxury terraces overlooking the City's skyline. view all >
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY conceptualizes CITY OWNED CATALYST SITES
K-State illustrates nine visionary urban site plans that build upon the long-range urban framework proposed in the Wichita Downtown Master Plan, Project Downtown.
Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from local design firms, the WDDC was able to sponsor an urban design studio class from Kansas State University for the Spring Semester 2013. view all >
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 >

Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center
When is a building more than just a building? When it fosters collaboration. When it aids creativity. When it impacts the lives of Kansans. This video tells the story behind the concept, vision, design and completion of the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center, the first new construction along the core of Douglas Avenue in 38 years. view story >
Activate Wichita
Help improve Wichita. Activate Wichita is our online conversation about the future of the Greater Wichita metropolitan area. Add your ideas, support good ideas and share with friends! Sign up now and start contributing. view story >
The LUX "The Essential"
At 538 efficient and lavish square feet, The Essential is simplified living at The LUX, designed for a streamlined lifestyle with the amenities of luxury living. view story >
Aug 29
Talent and opportunity are two factors that research has shown contribute to a city’s success.
Aug 28
A group of local organizations is working to develop a new brand strategy for Wichita.
Aug 28
Wichita Downtown Development Corp. has the vision for a renovated rail bridge underpass.
Aug 26
Wichitans on Tuesday got their first look at a design aimed at restoring and revitalizing a railroad overpass.
Aug 25
Bothner and Bradley has to change Old Town addresses.
Aug 21
Carol Coletta will be the first speaker next week for Wichita’s Fuel the Fire series.
Aug 21
Marketing and branding agency Apples & Arrows is about to double its space.
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Wichita is known for a lot of things - aviation, basketball, WIld West - but there's still something missing, and we'll need everyone's help to find it. Wichita needs to identify it's emotional connection to deliver a shared understanding of who we are and what we promise. This is a unique opportunity to come together as a community to collectively definite Wichita's brand for generations to come. The public is encouraged to voice their opinion at Wichita's Brand Summit from 5-7pm on Sept. 2 and 3. Your feedback to find Wichita's brand will help the community better market to visitors, new residents, new businesses and young talent. If you can't attend the Brand Summit, visit GoWichita.com/brand on Sept. 4 to complete an online survey asking important questions about the future of Wichita's brand. Go Wichita has partnered with the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wichita Economic Development Corporation, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita State University to identify Wichita's unique promise as a brand.
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Leading with Heart, a 1st TUE Talk, will discuss leadership, transforming musicians into an ensemble of one sound, motivating/working with people and students, managing the process, failure, the frustrations, the technicalities and creativity. Featuring Panelists: Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass, Mark Laycock, Eric Crawford $5 Suggested Donation Doors open at 6:30p
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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.
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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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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15-7:30pm Show beings at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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Poised to become the city’s go-to professional network for young, diverse minorities, Wichita Urban Professionals will share details about its Kansas Leadership Center partnership and release survey results anchoring the organization’s awareness campaign, Our Future—Now. The launch event is scheduled for Thursday, September 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Kansas Leadership Center, 325 E. Douglas. The event will feature networking opportunities, remarks from city and business leaders, the official partnership announcement and an interactive data stroll. The organization, an auxiliary of the Urban League of Kansas, is dedicated to empowering the young, diverse and talented. Its mission is to engage young, minority professionals, who are interested in increasing their leadership potential, to develop a network of rising leaders to improve the quality of life in the urban communities of Wichita. To do so, the organization is planning a series of events and initiatives, which will be detailed at the launch event.
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15-7:30pm Show beings at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE
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Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun!
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John Wayne's World July 24 - September 6 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Doors open at 6pm Dinner is served from 6:15-7:30pm Show beings at 7:50pm Dinner catered by PIG IN PIG OUT BARBEQUE