The Flats 324 Expansion
72 new residential units are under construction at the corner of 3rd and St. Francis in Downtown Wichita
As demand for Downtown living increases, and the St. Francis Street corridor continues to see progress, developers have invested in an expansion of the existing Flats 324 residential property. This new $7 million ground-up development will expand east on an empty parking lot adjacent to the existing building. Key Construction is the general contractor for the project and Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect. 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 >
The Douglas
The Douglas project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Douglas, formerly known as 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 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 existing Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
Progress is Underway at 520Commerce
Project renovations have begun at the former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses in the Commerce Arts District in Downtown Wichita
Epoch Developments, LLC has begun 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 will include 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. 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 >
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.
New Advanced Learning Library
The $33 million project was recently approved and is now underway
The new Advanced Learning Library was recently approved and will be constructed on the southwest corner of Second and McLean across from Exploration Place. The 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. Groundbreaking on the new site could be as early as this summer. view all >
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress Video
Celebrating catalytic progress in 2015 and beyond
This is a dynamic era in the development of Downtown Wichita. The implementation strategies identified in Project Downtown are providing the framework to develop a nationally recognized Downtown and region. 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. Looking forward, there is increased local, regional and national interest in the transformation in Downtown and how Wichita approaches regional development. view all >
COrTen at 100 S. Market
Transformation on the southeast corner of Douglas and Market is now complete
The former Merrill Lynch Building at Douglas and Market has undergone a major interior and exterior transformation in Downtown Wichita! The newly named COrTen building has flexible leases in order to adapt to the needs of growing companies. The building now features a shared conference room, coffee bar and workout center. Its first tenant, Cassandra Bryan Design has moved in and is occupying the majority of the first floor.
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 >
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 >
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 >
Downtown Clean Up 2016
Thank you to the volunteers that attended the 2016 Downtown Clean Up! Your efforts in working with the City of Wichita Public Works and Park & Recreation Departments have made a positive impact on our community that can be seen along Douglas Ave. and throughout 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.
Downtown Wichita Pop-Up Urban Park
The transformation of "The Hole" on Douglas Ave. into the Pop-Up Urban Park is now complete! To celebrate, the WDDC held a community Grand Opening on September 25.
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.
May 25
Following weeks of anxiety across the community, Cargill announced Tuesday that it will keep the headquarters of its meat business and its 800 employees in Wichita.
May 24
When Cargill Inc. began to look at facility options for its Wichita operations, the company focused its strategy around growth.
May 24
The exodus of Wichita businesses has stopped. Cargill is staying in Wichita.
May 25
The speakeasies of old were designed around two things: liquor and secrecy.
May 25
Back when Wichita was young, dining out was simpler.
May 20
Two things immediately stood out to Bruce Rowley in 2014 when he moved his RSA Marketing to the entrance of the Commerce Street Art District at Commerce and Waterman.
May 20
There are a number of hair salons in downtown Wichita, but there aren’t many nail salons.
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With two 1 hour specials on Showtime & Comedy Central, his latest “Red-Nexican” & previous award winning “Hick-Spanic”, Alex Reymundo appeals to all. Alex spent 3 years touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White. He was a highlight of P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy’s of Comedy” and is one of the “Original Latin Kings of Comedy” along side Cheech, Paul Rodriguez & George Lopez. Alex has 5 movies, 6 comedy specials, and 20 years of touring under his belt. He has performed on the deck of the USS Roosevelt at sea and soared with Legendary Blue Angels. Born in Acapulco Mexico, raised in Ft. Worth, Texas and married to a Kentucky girl, he now calls the Blue Grass state his home. Show rated R. Show Dates & Times: Thursday, May 26 (18 & Up): 8:00 p.m. - $10 Friday, May 27 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15 Saturday, May 28 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15
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As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Q-Line trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7pm to 9pm. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists
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Step back in time to the days of Carrie Nation, Wyatt Earp and the early aviation pioneers. Learn about Wichita’s colorful and storied history from our knowledgeable guide. The 1 1/2 hour narrated tour winds along the Arkansas River and throughout the Delano area into downtown, Midtown and Old Town to some of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods. Relax aboard our air-conditioned 1925-style trolley. The Discover Historic Wichita Trolley Tour has something for all ages to enjoy. The tours begin at the Waterwalk on the westside of the Waterwalk. Maximum capacity is 28 passengers (wheelchair accessible trolley is available only by advance notice). Tours are offered year round with groups of 20 or more. Tour Dates: April – July Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Price: $15 per person, children under 5 years accompanied by an adult ride free. Please call for group information. Tours must be paid prior to tour date, unless prior arrangements have been confirmed. Reservations are required.
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Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy is a local acoustic brass n’ grass band from Wichita. Formed in the Spring of 2007, the band brings together an eclectic blend of punk, bluegrass, and Dixieland to packed bars, basements, and festivals across the country. Tickets: $10 per person. This event is 21 and over.
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With two 1 hour specials on Showtime & Comedy Central, his latest “Red-Nexican” & previous award winning “Hick-Spanic”, Alex Reymundo appeals to all. Alex spent 3 years touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White. He was a highlight of P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy’s of Comedy” and is one of the “Original Latin Kings of Comedy” along side Cheech, Paul Rodriguez & George Lopez. Alex has 5 movies, 6 comedy specials, and 20 years of touring under his belt. He has performed on the deck of the USS Roosevelt at sea and soared with Legendary Blue Angels. Born in Acapulco Mexico, raised in Ft. Worth, Texas and married to a Kentucky girl, he now calls the Blue Grass state his home. Show rated R. Show Dates & Times: Thursday, May 26 (18 & Up): 8:00 p.m. - $10 Friday, May 27 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15 Saturday, May 28 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15
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Game: Saturday, May 28 at 7:05 pm Individual Game Tickets: $10, $12, $16, $25
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Located in the heart of Old Town at Farm & Art Market Square (1st and Mosley), the market is a vital part of the community and the Old Town experience. Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a delightful 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, baked goods, honey and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun! Event Times: 7:00 am to Noon
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Step back in time to the days of Carrie Nation, Wyatt Earp and the early aviation pioneers. Learn about Wichita’s colorful and storied history from our knowledgeable guide. The 1 1/2 hour narrated tour winds along the Arkansas River and throughout the Delano area into downtown, Midtown and Old Town to some of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods. Relax aboard our air-conditioned 1925-style trolley. The Discover Historic Wichita Trolley Tour has something for all ages to enjoy. The tours begin at the Waterwalk on the westside of the Waterwalk. Maximum capacity is 28 passengers (wheelchair accessible trolley is available only by advance notice). Tours are offered year round with groups of 20 or more. Tour Dates: April – July Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Price: $15 per person, children under 5 years accompanied by an adult ride free. Please call for group information. Tours must be paid prior to tour date, unless prior arrangements have been confirmed. Reservations are required.
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Singer-songwriter, Uche, has created a band out of his passion for music and life. With an international background, this group integrates pop, rock, soul, and roots music. The songs ring familiar much like radio hits from the past. Creatively their influences are bands such as Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dave Matthews Band, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, emotionally their influences come from bands such as Journey, Foreigner, and Steve Miller Band. The show will be opened by The Candy Lords. Tickets: $7 per person. This event is 21 and over.
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With two 1 hour specials on Showtime & Comedy Central, his latest “Red-Nexican” & previous award winning “Hick-Spanic”, Alex Reymundo appeals to all. Alex spent 3 years touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White. He was a highlight of P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy’s of Comedy” and is one of the “Original Latin Kings of Comedy” along side Cheech, Paul Rodriguez & George Lopez. Alex has 5 movies, 6 comedy specials, and 20 years of touring under his belt. He has performed on the deck of the USS Roosevelt at sea and soared with Legendary Blue Angels. Born in Acapulco Mexico, raised in Ft. Worth, Texas and married to a Kentucky girl, he now calls the Blue Grass state his home. Show rated R. Show Dates & Times: Thursday, May 26 (18 & Up): 8:00 p.m. - $10 Friday, May 27 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15 Saturday, May 28 (21 & Up): 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - $15