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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.
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.
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. Estimated completion is late 2017.
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.
2016 State of Downtown Report
Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita continues to drive investment and interest in the urban core.
The State of Downtown report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in the City center. The document covers activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and arts and culture, and is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in Downtown real estate. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This exhibition examines the sensory language of pop art. The artwork demonstrates that pop art shattered the division between everyday experience and high culture, not only through subject and process but also by enticing the senses. Drawn from the collections of Jordon Schnitzler and his Family Foundation, Shiny, Sticky, Smooth features the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Theibaud, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, and more. On view through January 8, 2017.
Encounter healthy living tips and tricks in fun and interesting ways with this interactive, bilingual (Spanish/English) exhibit. Move to the music and mimic your favorite animal. Visit a mini grocery store and buy ingredients for a balanced meal. Fuel and "race" a car using a variety of breakfast foods.
Unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Encounter 3-D models of a human genome. Complete puzzles to test your DNA sequencing skills.
Discover compelling stories of those who design and use technologies to help themselves and others achieve their goals ‚ąí from everyday routines to lifelong dreams. Scratch and fade music like a DJ with the wheels of a wheelchair. Ride a mono-ski in a simulated ski race. Design unique solutions to engineering challenges.
Series of paintings by local artist Bernardo Trevizo, Jr. that confront memories from childhood and the impression childhood events had on him. On display in the Boardroom Gallery through Dec. 30 at CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More information: wichitacityarts.org.
Mixed media exhibition that represent various aspects and pieces of life. On display in the Balcony Gallery through Dec. 30 at CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More information: wichitacityarts.org.
African-American Folk Art Exhibit
A brand new Christmas themed melodrama by Carol Hughes that spoofs daytime soap operas. Followed by a Christmas themed musical comedy revue.