Under Construction Development Projects

429 S. St. Francis Renovations
429 S. St. Francis 

Cost – N/A 
Owners of The Hudson venue space plan to construct a new building, including ground floor office space for their event venue located across the street and a new venue space with capacity for up to 100 guests. The St. Francis street facade will incorporate recycled bricks from the former building for its exterior. The building will also feature three Airbnb suites available for rent - two on the second floor and one unique unit that will be housed in a vintage boxcar to be relocated to the back of the property. 

Broadway Plaza AC Marriott Hotel
105 S. Broadway 

Cost - KHSC-KansasCom Project Total: $75 million

The historic Broadway Plaza, located at the southwest corner of Douglas Avenue and Broadway Street, is currently being renovated into an AC Marriott Hotel featuring 118 rooms. Developers plan to blend modern aesthetics with the building’s unique, historic elements. The 11-story hotel will feature a ground-floor bar that will be open to the public and a covered entryway for valet parking.

The hotel is being developed in conjunction with the proposed Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and is one of five historic renovation projects within that city-block area. 

The Sutton Place building will be renovated into student housing to complement the Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (KHSC-KansasCom). The project adds additional housing options for students and is connected to the medical school via skywalk. 

The KHSC-KansasCom project is the catalyst for the renovation of five historic buildings that will create a vibrant environment along the William Street corridor, directly south of Douglas Avenue. Other buildings being renovated as a part of the overall development include the former Macy's department store building and former Innes department store building into KHSC-KansasCom, Sutton Place into student housing and the former Henry's Building into the National Institue for Culinary and Hospitality Education.

Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park
205 E. Douglas Avenue 

Cost - N/A
The City of Wichita is planning to revitalize an underutilized urban park into a public gathering place. The improvements to the park will honor the legacy of Chester I. Lewis, the namesake of the park, who was the president of the Wichita chapter of the NAACP and was a leader of the modern civil rights movement at the local, state and national levels.

HiTone Lofts
701 E. Second Street 

Cost - N/A
Vacant to vibrant - a historic warehouse in the Old Town District is currently being renovated into HiTone Lofts, a residential property with 72 units and ground-floor retail space. Plans also include constructing an addition on the south side of the building that will serve as a rooftop penthouse.

Originally built in 1910, the building features unique, historic details that developers plan to retain during renovations. The property will feature those unique, historic details, high ceilings, large windows that overlook Old Town and more. There will be 55 one-bedroom units and 17 two-bedroom units. 

Click the website link below to view ground-floor leasing information.

Sutton Housing (student housing)
209 E. William St.  

The Sutton Place building will be renovated into student housing to complement the Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (KHSC-KansasCom). The project adds additional housing options for students and is connected to the medical school via skywalk. 

The KHSC-KansasCom project is the catalyst for the renovation of five historic buildings that will create a vibrant environment along the William Street corridor, directly south of Douglas Avenue. Other buildings being renovated as a part of the overall development include the former Macy's department store building and former Innes department store building into KHSC-KansasCom, the Broadway Plaza into an AC Marriott Hotel and the former Henry's Building into the National Institue for Culinary and Hospitality Education.

WSU Tech National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education
124 S. Broadway 

The historic, 90-year-old Henry's building will be transformed into the WSU Tech National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education (NICHE). The property will be renovated to feature state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, classrooms, a demonstration kitchen, a food hall (which will be open to the public), a student-led café, and a rooftop event center on the fourth floor. The project will bring a new energy to the William Street corridor, directly south of Douglas Avenue.

The first floor of the building will feature a food hall with four restaurants. Two of the four have been announced, including JINYA Ramen Bar and the BVI Bistro. JINYA Ramen Bar's menu includes slow-cooked ramen, dumplings, mini tacos, craft beer and more. BVI Bistro will offer flatbread pizza, charcuterie and cheese boards, soups and salads. The bistro will be led by students in the culinary program as well as students from Envision. 

Envision, a nonprofit who promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision, announced a partnership with WSU Tech to create a first-of-its-kind innovation kitchen and culinary education opportunity designed to help meet the career goals of people who are blind or visually impaired. The goal is to help students live more independently and lead healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

The Henry’s building is the fourth and final property in Block1 to be redeveloped. Following the adoption of Project Downtown in 2010, Block1 became the first full block of development in downtown. Projects included the Kansas Leadership Center (which was the first new construction along Douglas Avenue in 38 years), the Block1 Parking Garage and the restoration of the Union National Bank building into the Ambassador Hotel. Now, ten years later, this historic announcement completes the block and brings new possibilities to the urban core. Estimated completion is Fall 2022.  

The Henry's building is also one of five properties along the William Street corridor currently undergoing renovations by Douglas Market Development LLC. Adjacent projects include the former Macy's department store building and former Innes department store building into the proposed Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the former Sutton Place building into student housing and the Broadway Plaza building into an AC Marriott Hotel. Learn more about the overall block at downtownwichita.org/khsc-kansascom.