Attend Final Friday in Downtown this Friday, January 30 to view and purchase great art
As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, and shops in Downtown stay open late and welcome visitors to view original artwork, meet artists and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. Many galleries will have live art demonstrations or live music. The Q-Line trolley transports art lovers throughout the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. 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 >
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.
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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
Jan 28
There won’t be a secret door or password, but Jason-Paul Febres is opening a tapas bar disguised as a speakeasy.
Jan 27
Sedgwick County’s new downtown tag office will take up the first floor of the former IRS building based on plans by Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture.
Jan 23
Intrust Bank is committed to keeping its headquarters in downtown Wichita.
Jan 23
Sheona Sleiman says she’s done a lot of different things for a career.
Jan 20
Twotrees Technologies has already expanded its space at Firestone Place.
Jan 20
The former Anna Murdoc’s Cafe spot at 209 E. William has a new tenant.
Jan 12
Forget the past eight years of indecision on replacing the Central Library.
A one day shopping extravaganza featuring an eclectic blend of handcrafted one of a kind items, artisan designs, bling & glam boutiques, antique & vintage bliss, sparkly jewels, home decor and inspiration, repurposed & funky junk along with fabulous finds for the creative soul! Show runs from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $3.00, 12 and under is free.
Oeno Wine Bar is hosting a Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner. Dinner starts at 7:00pm. $40 per guest. Contact Oeno Wine Bar for more information and to make reservations.
Celebrate Kansas Statehood (January 29th, 1861) from 2:00 – 3:00pm with a musical performance by The Prairie Rose Rangers, The Crowson’s and The Home Rangers! Followed at 3:00pm by a signing of the new book 999 Kansas Characters by Dave Webb, Terry Rombeck and Beccy Tanner. Admission is free and open to the public.
ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. The show features all the hits of Patsy Cline on stage with a full band that will set you feet a'tapping, your hands a'clapping, and your heart a'singing. Starring Cindy Summers and Christine Tasheff $25 Show Tickets 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
Join Wichita Scottish Rite for an exciting evening of dining and entertainment. Enjoy your evening at Venue 332 at the Wichita Scottish Rite with good food, outstanding friends, and great entertainment. Production by WSR Signature Theatre to raise funds for new microphones and sound board for the Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00pm Dinner and Show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets prices $35 per person.
Wichita Symphony presents Time For Three.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that’s sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.
Wichita Symphony presents Time For Three.
Retrospective Screenings Central Wichita Public Library's screening of some of the best short films from the past 20 years. Live Action and Animation: Tuesday, Feb 3, 6:15-7:15pm Save the date for this annual event, sure to be bigger and better than ever before. This is Wichita’s chance to see Academy Award®-nominated short subjects—films running 40 minutes or less—in animation, live action and documentary categories. One of the first places in the nation to offer this program, Wichita Public Library's program attracts hundreds of film fans each year. These films are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. All showings are free, and running times vary.
The Theater League of Wichita presents Sister Act Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash hit! The New York Post calls it “Ridiculously fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime, and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Doloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.