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Wichita is among eight cities to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Downtown businesses are hoping thousands of visitors will eat, sleep, shop and perhaps get a haircut.

Jeremie Mcglory owns Artistry Lounge barbershop, located north of Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita. Mcglory says there's been growing excitement among Douglas Avenue business owners about the tournament.

He says the recently opened barbershop has overstocked items to help groom any spectator, coach or ball player.

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Thousands of basketball fans will be in downtown Wichita this week for NCAA tournament activities. The sold-out games and street parties mean parking lots are going to fill up quickly.

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The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on a multimillion dollar plan to develop the 600 block of East Douglas, near Naftzger Park.

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A task force is being formed to create a new nonprofit child care center in downtown Wichita.

Board members of the former Downtown Daycare Center are trying to create a new child care option for parents who live or work in the heart of Wichita.

The former center served about 100 infants and children at its site on South Topeka for more than 40 years before it closed in 2014.

To fill the void, board President Betty Moore says they would like to create a centrally located, state-of-the-art child care center, possibly with an indoor play area.

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Downtown Wichita is getting more art sculptures--but you won’t find these installations on city streets or near buildings.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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Realtor, marketer and former Kansas legislator Phil Hermanson is moving forward with plans to develop a grocery store in downtown Wichita.

It's not only a grocery store: Hermanson says he'll open an establishment named Michelle’s Coffee Bar and Specialty Foods, a convenience store, catering company and venue that would seat up to 300 people. All of it will be located in the Century Plaza building near Main and Douglas.

Officials say 2016 was a good year for launching new projects in downtown Wichita. More than $280 million have been invested along Douglas Avenue alone.

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A new hotel is coming to downtown Wichita. As KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, the project has some controversial backing from the city.

The Hilton Garden Inn will be built at Douglas Avenue and Topeka, where the current building, Commerce Plaza, has remained vacant for years.

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A new report on progress in downtown Wichita shows private investment more than tripled between 2014 and 2015.

The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation says more than $95 million in private investment went toward the city’s downtown last year; in 2014, private investment reached about $22 million. Total private and public investment in 2015 was more than $120 million, the highest one-year total since the organization's master plan was adopted in 2010.