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 >
Historic renovation now complete
The Douglas, formerly known as Exchange Place, project has revitalized 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 has added 240 new residential units on Douglas Avenue. In addition, the project incorporated a new 273-space parking garage with ground floor retail, residential and commercial space in the adjacent non-developed Douglas Avenue frontage. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter of intent for the issuance of up to $60 million in industrial revenue bonds.
Explore KansasExperience new exhibit elements that focus on our states 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. ¬†
Please join us for a night of fun & fundraising celebrating our local native community & friends from New Mexico. All proceeds from this event will go to the food bank located at St. Joseph Apache Mission and local native charities. We urge you to invest in our work to keep the food bank successful and also local efforts to assist our native community. This year we are incorporating local youth and their art talents at the event. Part of our mission is to support and expand Native American education with our youth in the community. Some of their work will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $45 each. There will be a complementary bar along with many delicious native dishes. The silent auction will include many native works along with local entertainment packages. Our entertainment for the evening will be, The Red and Blues. http://www.teamrevolutionrocks.com/
Ever since it opened its doors in 1935, Wichita Art Museum has been a place where artists come to gain inspiration from works of art. The Artist Project is an exhibition in which 50 Wichita artiststhose featured in the recent book Wichita Artists in their Studiosexplore WAMs collection for work that sparks their imaginations. In this exhibition, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.
Hall of Heroes Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 Unleash your superpowers and test your skills of gadgets and more. Investigate movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts, including a full-scale "half" replica of the 1960s Batmobile. Hall of Heroes is produced by Stage Nine Exhibitions. Locally sponsored by Westar Energy.
Our latest traveling exhibition, Patriot Nations: Native Americans in our Nations Armed Forces, will be opening on Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017. Military and their families are invited to visit our entire museum free of charge that day, an early kick-start to Blue Star Museums that runs during the summer. The exhibition will run through September 16, 2017. This banner exhibition tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military dating back to the Revolutionary War. Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nations Armed Forces is produced by the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The Vistorian Cottage Exhibit - an immersive exhibit within the Museum creating seven rooms of a typical Victorian era Wichita home will be adorned in funerary fashion, recreating a customary mourning setting of the parlor turned stateroom. This exhibit will run briefly from Sunday, May 20th through Sunday, June 4th, over the Memorial Day Holiday.
Every Wednesday evening is $5 movie night at the Warren Theatre in Old Town. No other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted on Wednesdays. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00.
Entrepreneurs present their companies and innovative ideas to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators and advisors. Each presenter has six minutes followed by a question-and-answer session.
Join Barleycorn's as they host their Happy Hour Trivia Night. Every Wednesday they host a trivia night for anyone to participate. Each Trivia Night is free and open to the public.This event is 21 and over.
Kansas Kids Preschool Class Ages 3 - 5 Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Investigate, discover and question with your Kansas Kid. Read a story, take part in dramatic play, hands-on experiments and activities in the exhibits. January: Sensational STEM 4¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Magnificent Magnetism 11¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Static and Electricity 18¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Build It and Break It 25 ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Robots and Inventions February: Discover the Ice Age 1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Glaciers and Tar Pits 8¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mega Mammals 15¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cool it Down 22¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Staying Warm March: Vietnams Tet Festival 1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Food 8¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Colors and Clothes 15¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fireworks and Friends 29¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Lion Dance and the Year of the Rooster April: Kansas Creations 5¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kansas Mammals (Bison and Other Mammals) 12¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bugs and Insects 19¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wonderful Weather 26¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kansas Nature - Open Exploration May: Fun with Food 3¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Whats Cooking? 10¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Shapes in Food 17¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Healthy Food 24¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Farm to Table