New Advanced Learning Library
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on-site Wednesday, July 6 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. The 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. Groundbreaking on the new site could be as early as this summer. view all >
Union Station: Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 will soon be underway
$54 million renovation planned for historic Downtown property, Phase One complete
The first phase of renovations on one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings has recently been completed. Construction will soon begin for the second phase of the project. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion for the Downtown Union Station project. This project is key in enhancing walkability between INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town. view all >
Placemaking Project
People First Design at Douglas & Main
"Placemaking” is a current trend used to develop the use of public spaces with guerrilla tactics, typically in an urban environment. This pilot project, funded through Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation enhances the use of public space at the intersection of Douglas and Main Street. Other project partneres include Health ICT, Bike Walk Wichita and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Currently, there is a colorful collection of tables and chairs in a roped off area that gives pedestrians the opportunity to relax and enjoy Downtown in an area that was previously a traffic lane. This pilot project enhances the experience for those who walk, bike or jog in the Downtown area. It will remain intact during Riverfest and for 60 days afterwards.
The Flats 324 Expansion
72 new residential units are under construction at the corner of 3rd and St. Francis in Downtown Wichita
As demand for Downtown living increases, and the St. Francis Street corridor continues to see progress, developers have invested in an expansion of the existing Flats 324 residential property. This new $7 million ground-up development will expand east on an empty parking lot adjacent to the existing building. Key Construction is the general contractor for the project and Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect. view all >
The Douglas
The Douglas project will revitalize two historic buildings, transforming the heart of Douglas Avenue
The Douglas, formerly known as Exchange Place, project will revitalize 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 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 existing Lerner and Michigan buildings as well as the surface parking lot adjacent to the Kress Building. view all >
Progress is Underway at 520Commerce
Project renovations have begun at the former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses in the Commerce Arts District in Downtown Wichita
Epoch Developments, LLC has begun 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 will include 24 one and two bedroom lofts, work studios and commercial space. This project will build on the continual progress in Wichita's core. view all >
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
Seventy new residential units coming to Central and Waco in Downtown
Seventy new apartment units are under construction at Central and Waco. The new property will build on the continued success of the Downtown residential market. With close proximity to the major employers in Downtown and nearby Riverside Park and Arkansas River bike paths, the new loft apartments will offer an additional urban alternative for the community. Resident amenities will include a tenant clubhouse with a lounge gathering space with flat screen TVs, a bike share program for residents to enjoy nearby bike paths and Riverside Park 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.
Downtown Wichita 2015 Progress Video
Celebrating catalytic progress in 2015 and beyond
This is a dynamic era in the development of Downtown Wichita. The implementation strategies identified in Project Downtown are providing the framework to develop a nationally recognized Downtown and region. 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. Looking forward, there is increased local, regional and national interest in the transformation in Downtown and how Wichita approaches regional development. 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 in Downtown Wichita. Plans include a 204-unit apartment building, 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 along the river. view all >
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 >
2015 State of Downtown Report
Economic data documenting the transformation of our City center
2014 was a transformational year for Downtown Wichita. Over 260 new residential units opened, boosting the Downtown population to 1,872 people, and 550 residential units are currently under construction or in planning. Over $30 million of investment by the private and public sectors positioned Downtown for expanded growth in 2015 and beyond. Property values continue on a positive trend upwards since the implementation of Project Downtown in 2010. The 2015 State of Downtown Report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate. It is intended to be a reference tool for research or project due diligence for those developing in Downtown Wichita. view all >
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 Clean Up 2016
Thank you to the volunteers that attended the 2016 Downtown Clean Up! Your efforts in working with the City of Wichita Public Works and Park & Recreation Departments have made a positive impact on our community that can be seen along Douglas Ave. and throughout 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.
People-First Design Project
Temporary placemaking initiative located at Douglas and Main in Downtown Wichita
July 22
Class is in session for the first six participants in Wichita’s new e2e Accelerator Inc. entrepreneurial initiative.
July 22
The official launch of Wichita’s e2e entrepreneur accelerator on Thursday afternoon was packed with well-wishers.
July 15
Anita Oberwortmann started her own cleaning business in 1978, working long hours and often sacrificing sleep to make ends meet.
July 14
A staircase on the ninth floor of the Exchange Place building in downtown Wichita is a link to the past.
July 14
Mead’s Corner, the popular downtown coffee shop at 430 E. Douglas, is opening a second location in an unexpected place.
July 13
James Chung is bullish on Wichita.
Dive underwater with astronauts as they train to live and work in outer space. This live-action film documents microgravity simulation at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base. No general museum admission is needed to do the dome.
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.
Unlike any other dinosaur exhibit you’ve seen here, control 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics, inspired by actual fossils. Along the way, you’ll go on an apprentice’s journey to learn about art, science and innovation that ends in a journeyman’s workshop. Included in general museum admission, free for members. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions.
Soar the prehistoric skies with the flying reptiles of the dinosaur world, the pterosaurs. Uncover how this creature, the size of a giraffe, with a wing span similar to a modern day jet plane, can fly. Narrated by David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist. Dome prices apply.
"The Wichita Toy Train Club" (WTTC) is an organization of collectors and operators for both classic tinplate and current hi-rail trains. Club members are generally oriented toward "O-gauge" (Lionel, MTH, Atlas, Williams, Weaver, Marx) and "S-gauge" (American Flyer). Some members are also interested in the larger "G" and smaller "HO" and "N" gauges, with some extensive layouts house at our museum. Come visit us, and we can put you in touch with many other model toy organizations.
Come see a family-friendly melodrama! Grammy and her granddaughter, the tuneful Carrie Okie, have a farm in the town of Trouble Cliff. Saloon owner Major Lee Flatt is about to go bankrupt despite getting cheap labor from a trio of saloon girls who he lured out west with the promise of helping them start a shop. When Band Joe, the town drunk and failed musician, tells Flatt of a mysterious buried treasure, Flatt vows to stop at nothing to find it! Can Sheriff Luke Sharp help stop Flatt’s scheme and woo Carrie when he’s constantly being called away to deal with miscellaneous mishaps? Times:Friday - 7pmSaturday - 2pm and 7pmSunday - 2 pm
Let’s explore design and construction, using wheels. In celebration of auto races and Jesse Alexander: The Golden Age of Motorsport, we go WAM racing. Create your own designed masterpiece using wheels a la Pinewood Derby style. Get ready to make and race at WAM. Drop in for a few hours or stay all day!Saturday, July 23, 11 am to 3 pm. Free admission
FREE yoga class on July 23rd at 8:30am at the Old Town Farmers Market! We will meet on the porch on the south side of the square for an All Levels class. Bring a mat if you have one and a bottle of water! Afterwards, enjoy all the fresh produce, flowers, homemade products, food and beverages that the market has to offer!
Destroying what can never be replaced forever leaves a void—or in this case, a parking garage. Nearly half a century later, many Wichitans still grieve the loss of the majestic Miller Theater. KPTS television presents Lost Theaters of Wichita. This documentary premieres at 8 pm on Saturday, July 23rd at the Orpheum—which itself narrowly escaped the wrecking ball. Journalist Jim Grawe chronicles the rise and fall of these two grand show houses which took local entertainment to new heights and inspired life-long memories for Kansans throughout much of the 20th century. Lost Theaters of Wichita has the inside story from those who were there. It’s a tale of two great entertainment palaces—one that barely survived and the other that came crashing down while still in its prime. The Miller could still be entertaining people to this day in a grand atmosphere unlike any other. But instead, a parking garage sits in that spot--a monument to history lost and a lesson for future generations to heed. This production includes newly discovered, never-before-broadcast 16 mm film of the last performance at the Miller in 1970. This is the only known color footage that exists of the Miller’s magnificent interior. Doors open at 7 pm on July 23rd for the 75-minute program which includes additional segments on Wichita theater history not included in the documentary itself, and a question and answer session with some of the people interviewed in the film. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door, ordered online at, by phone at 316-838-3090, and in person at Intrust Arena. Proceeds from ticket sales will help support KPTS and ongoing renovations of the Orpheum.
Come out to Cowtown for a day of gunfights, dancers, re-eanctors and old west fun! We'll be celebrating all that being a cowboy meant, plus saying happy birthday to our fair city!