Placemaking Project will transform alley in Downtown Wichita
Grand opening celebration will take place Friday, May 26
The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) has received a $66,504 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to transform an underutilized alley into a vibrant public space. The project, named Gallery Alley, will accelerate the vision outlined in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita through promoting urban, walkable, people-oriented development and local art. To celebrate, and kick off activities in the alley, the WDDC will hold a Grand Opening on Friday, May 26, 2017. The Gallery Alley project is a partnership between the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, and Bokeh Development. 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 menís basketball tournament that will he held at INTRUST Bank Arena in spring of 2018.
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 >
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. The development will add 203 new and unique apartments to Downtown Wichita. This project will also 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 propertyís 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.
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A new art gallery is coming to downtown Wichita, and it has only two walls.
Apr 25
Former Beatle Paul McCartney is coming to Wichita.
Apr 18
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter of intent for the issuance of up to $60 million in industrial revenue bonds.
Apr 18
A project to renovate and expand the north entrance of Intrust Bank Arena is underway.
Apr 12
Itís been almost a year since Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro opened in the newly renovated Union Station project in downtown Wichita.
Apr 10
What do you get when you cross a gardener with the best Rolodex in the city?
Apr 08
It was a brisk night at a recent Final Friday gallery crawl, the air filled with myriad smells from an assortment of food trucks.
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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.
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Explore KansasExperience new exhibit elements that focus on our state’s land, water, weather and the life it supports, both past and present. Encounter bison and throw chips into a simulated fire. In the new storm chaser vehicle, discover how weather instruments work – measure speed, humidity, storm direction and more. In the new aquifer, determine your personal water use and learn ideas for steps to conserve this precious resource. ¬†
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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
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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.
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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.
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The Final Friday Art Crawl happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Visit FinalFridayICT.com to learn more about the event and view an online interactive and printable map of the venues participating each month.
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Take a tour downtown in one of Wichita's unique 1925-style trolleys. The River City Trolley company provides tours during the months of April through July on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. The hour and a half narrated tour winds along the Arkansas River and throughout the Delano area into Downtown Wichita. Learn more about the history of the area and discover something you never knew about Wichita!Tours begin on the west side of the WaterWalk. Tours include groups of 20 or more and reservations are required. Maximum capacity is 28 passengers.
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FAST-PACED, TAKE-NO-PRISONERS FEMINIST SATIRE OF LIFEOverweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can read like a tabloid headline. Six Women With Brain Death is a wild and very left-of-center view of the world from an entirely feminine standpoint.In a series of bizarre but hysterical songs and sketches, the authors explore TV soap operas, "genuine press-on nails," Barbie and Ken's secret fantasy life, divas, a unique and new way of recycling, and what "is" and "is not" feminine - with an unforgettable detour through a forest where Bambi meets Rambo.Rated R due to language• $30 Premium Seating• $27 Standard Seating• $20 Economy Seating• • (Select)Thurs, Fri-Sat Doors 6:00PM, Curtain 8:00pmCall 316-265-4400 to reserve your ticketsFor all that’s happening at Roxy’s, be sure to like us on Facebook, and check out our website at roxysdowntown.com
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Explore KansasExperience new exhibit elements that focus on our state’s land, water, weather and the life it supports, both past and present. Encounter bison and throw chips into a simulated fire. In the new storm chaser vehicle, discover how weather instruments work – measure speed, humidity, storm direction and more. In the new aquifer, determine your personal water use and learn ideas for steps to conserve this precious resource. ¬†
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CityArts presents “Dichotomies,” an oil painting exhibition by Sasha Chapek, on view in the Main Hall Gallery April 28-May 20. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead. Call (316) 350-3245 or visit wichitacityarts.org for gallery and class information.