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.
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.
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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 Living Tour
Explore exciting Downtown living options during the free public Downtown Living Tour, Sunday, March 29th from 1-5pm. view story >
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 >

Apr 28
A 24-hour fundraiser to benefit local arts organizations raised nearly $960,000, based on preliminary results.
Apr 28
A longtime Kansas company’s first Wichita store will be the latest business to open near Intrust Bank Arena.
Apr 28
It was a big Sunday for Wichita chef Jason Febres.
Apr 26
The Wichita Carnegie Library was considered a temple of fine taste and culture.
Apr 26
Plans for the Sedgwick County-owned former IRS building in downtown Wichita are evolving.
Apr 23
A group of business leaders and city officials rolled out a plan last week to kickstart Wichita’s flagging economic development efforts.
Apr 21
Public at the Brickyard is jumping on the food truck bandwagon.
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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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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 Beauty School Melodrama, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Spring Fling Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Steve Hitchcock, Michael Karraker, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley, Patty Reeder, and Monte Wheeler. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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Game: Friday, May 8 at 7:05 pm Individual Game Tickets: $10, $12, $16, $25
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THE BIG BANG, aka FREE FOOD AND FRONTAL NUDITY THE BIG BANG is the absolutely hysterical semi-historical possible mega-production of us and the history of the universe, from creation to the present, and all set to clever, hilarious and sometimes “jaw-dropping” musical numbers! We find Boyd and Jed pitching their idea for a Broadway Musical of historical magnitude (only $83.5 million to produce and with a cast of hundreds) to a roomful of potential investors- played by the very talented audience. Watch breathlessly as these 2 “borrow from” a Park Avenue Apartment’s elegant decor to transform themselves into a multitude of impromptu historical characters, effectively creating 200 props and inventively outrageous costumes from just what can be found in the apartment. Reprising their roles are the very funny duo of Kyle Vespestad and John Bates. $25.00 Show Ticket 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show
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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 Beauty School Melodrama, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Spring Fling Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Steve Hitchcock, Michael Karraker, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley, Patty Reeder, and Monte Wheeler. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
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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!
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Wichita Park and Recreation’s new mobile van will be bringing fun this spring to the city’s parks! Every Saturday this spring, expect there to be fun activities such as games, sports, food trucks and more at Naftzger Park from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Special activities: April 11 – Connect Four Tournament April 18 – Jump Rope Contest April 25 – Guess Who Tournament May 2 – Hula Hoop Contest May 9 – Checkers Tournament May 16 – Gunny Sack Races May 23 – Timed Obstacle Course
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THE BIG BANG, aka FREE FOOD AND FRONTAL NUDITY THE BIG BANG is the absolutely hysterical semi-historical possible mega-production of us and the history of the universe, from creation to the present, and all set to clever, hilarious and sometimes “jaw-dropping” musical numbers! We find Boyd and Jed pitching their idea for a Broadway Musical of historical magnitude (only $83.5 million to produce and with a cast of hundreds) to a roomful of potential investors- played by the very talented audience. Watch breathlessly as these 2 “borrow from” a Park Avenue Apartment’s elegant decor to transform themselves into a multitude of impromptu historical characters, effectively creating 200 props and inventively outrageous costumes from just what can be found in the apartment. Reprising their roles are the very funny duo of Kyle Vespestad and John Bates. $25.00 Show Ticket 7:00 pm - Doors Open 7:00 to 10:00 pm - Cocktails & Drinks 7:00 to 9:30 pm - Appetizers & Deserts 8:00 pm - Show
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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 Beauty School Melodrama, written by Carol Hughes and directed by Cindy Summers followed by Spring Fling Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Steve Hitchcock, Michael Karraker, Jenny Mitchell, Megan Parsley, Patty Reeder, and Monte Wheeler. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.