Downtown Living Tour
March 29
The Downtown Wichita residential market is booming and to highlight the growth, and the distinctive living spaces available in Downtown, we’re presenting the Downtown Living Tour on Sunday, March 29 from 1-5pm. The Downtown Living Tour is a free open house event for everyone to enjoy. Participating residential properties will welcome visitors to view units and amenities. In addition, the WDDC offices will be open for a sneak peak of Downtown’s newest upcoming residential properties. view all >
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 >
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 >

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Mar 04
Five years ago, the artists moved in, creating studios, galleries and trendy antique shops and businesses from the vacant buildings where rent was affordable.
Mar 03
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday took another step toward bringing 230 more apartments and a 273-space automated parking garage to downtown Wichita.
Mar 03
Commerce Plaza in downtown Wichita will soon have a new owner.
Mar 03
Darrah Oil Co. is moving to a larger downtown office.
Mar 01
It’s been a little more than a year since Shannon Boone chucked living in a 2,400-square-foot house in Derby.
Feb 26
Three major apartment projects were completed and opened in downtown Wichita last year.
Feb 26
Wichita’s Envision is expanding into a new sphere: research.
06
GRAMMY-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year. Founded and hosted by GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, the tour will also feature Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for King & Country, Family Force 5 and evangelist Tony Nolan, while the LifeWay Christian Stores Pre-Jam Party is slated to showcase Blanca, About A Mile and VERIDIA.
06
The Outdoor Living and Landscape Show gives homeowners ideas for landscaping, gardening, yard, and other outdoor projects. Learn how to save water, what trees are drought resistant, how to grow vegetables and more with seminars, sponsored by K-State Research & Extension – Sedgwick County! Show Hours March 6: 11am-9pm March 7: 9am-9pm March 8: 11am-6pm
06
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 My Sweetheart is Smokin' Hot or The Valentine's Day From Hell, written and directed by Tom Frye followed by Life, Love, and Laughter Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Molly Tully, Kyle Vespestad, and Don Winsor. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
06
Ailey II Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the county. With new Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II will continue to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Doors open at 7:30pm
06
The annual POWER conference of the WSU School of Social Work is open to social workers and others in related fields. Students enjoy the opportunity to meet professionals in the community and to learn about new ideas that relate to their formal learning experiences. This year we are emphasizing the significance of Social Work Identity by honoring and celebrating both social workers and their contributions to the community. It’s time to feel good about who we are!
06
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
06
Support local music and musicians at CreativeRush's brand new program, Songwriter Studio. Join us at The Little Theater at Vertigo 232 (above Hewitt's Antiques : 232 N Market) as Torin Andersen, our host/moderator, will introduce Rudy Love Jr and band who will perform songs, have a Q&A with the host and the audience!
07
The Outdoor Living and Landscape Show gives homeowners ideas for landscaping, gardening, yard, and other outdoor projects. Learn how to save water, what trees are drought resistant, how to grow vegetables and more with seminars, sponsored by K-State Research & Extension – Sedgwick County! Show Hours March 6: 11am-9pm March 7: 9am-9pm March 8: 11am-6pm
07
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 My Sweetheart is Smokin' Hot or The Valentine's Day From Hell, written and directed by Tom Frye followed by Life, Love, and Laughter Musical Comedy Revue. Show stars Dylan Lewis, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Molly Tully, Kyle Vespestad, and Don Winsor. Doors Open at 6pm. Dinner served from 6:15-7:30pm. Show at 7:50pm.
07
Certified Platinum Tour with special guests Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney & Jukebox Mafia Fresh off the success of her highly successful, summer Platinum Tour, CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Miranda Lambert is excited to announce her upcoming Certified Platinum Tour. Miranda thrilled audiences across the country, and the critics raved about her performances with The Boston Globe saying, “Lambert busted out of the gate like a woman possessed and didn’t take her foot off the pedal for 85 minutes, much to the delight of a packed amphitheatre happy to hold on for the ride.” Kicking off in January 2015, The Certified Platinum Tour will include ACM New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore who has 5 #1 singles to his credit including “Point At You,” “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Weren't So Far Away,” and “Til My Last Day,” and several Top 10’s from his Gold certified albums.