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.
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 >
WATERWALK APARTMENTS
The new WaterWalk Apartments offers flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, delivers 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Oct 29
It’s been probably a decade since consultant Brad Segal was last in downtown Wichita.
Oct 24
A local architecture firm has received two awards for a downtown building.
Oct 15
When Ann and Warren Tandoc opened their Espresso To Go Go at the Zelman Lofts, part of a wall had to temporarily come down in order for their disco ball to fit.
Oct 15
Les and Courtney Ruthven are close to a decision about what to do with their Commerce Plaza building.
Oct 07
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved 4-1 a tax increment financing district for Union Station downtown.
Oct 07
Though many already consider the Minnesota Guys a distant memory.
Oct 06
Former Walkers Bar & Venue space has a new deal.
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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 Qline 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 7p.m. to 9 p.m. 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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Live DJ, Drink Specials, Costume Contest, $5 cover after 9pm
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Boys have been singing at the court in Vienna since the 14th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians; the boys came from different parts of the Holy Roman Empire, from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Chapel Imperial (Hofmusikkapelle) and in consequence, the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, concerts and private functions, and on state occasions. Today there are 100 choristers from 30 different nations between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Between them, the four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys’ choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir’s own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music, waltzes and polkas by Lanner and Strauss.
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Doors: 6:00 p.m. Game: Saturday, November 1 at 7:05 p.m. On Sale: Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $14, $20, $25, $28, $34 Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $12, $18, $23, $25, $32 (Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices will increase on day of game.) Camera Policy: Professional cameras, video, and audio are all permitted.
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Presented by the Cultural Association of India 5:30-10 p.m.
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Stop by Social Manor for an Open House from 10am - 4pm Enjoy some Christmas-y treats, check out great gift options and order thoughtful, personalized gifts like monogrammed trays (for the hostess) or backpacks (for the kiddos)!
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Italian experimental electronic band with "optimistically upbeat dark-wave compositions."
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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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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is proud to screen this film in advance of their performances of MOZART & Salieri on November 15 & 16 at Century II Concert Hall. A special 30th anniversary screening of the 80′s cult classic “Amadeus” in partnership with Tallgrass Film Association. Join us to see the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, eight Oscar wins including Best Picture, theatrical release screened on 35mm print.
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Doors: 6:00 p.m. Game: Friday, November 7 at 7:05 p.m. Individual Game Tickets: Adults - $14, $20, $25, $28, $34, Senior/Military/Youth (3-12) - $12, $18, $23, $25, $32 (Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices will increase on day of game.) Camera Policy: Professional cameras, video, and audio are all permitted.