downtown Wichita

Community
10:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rebirth Of Wichita's Downtown

The exterior of the Old Mill Tasty Shop. This is the second location for the establishment - it moved to its current location in 1940.
Sean Sandefur

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Community
11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.

A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds. 

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Transportation
11:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Credit, Debit Cards Now Accepted At Downtown Wichita Parking Lot

Four centralized pay stations will replace 344 parking meters in two downtown Wichita parking lots.
Credit Courtesy / City of Wichita

Starting Wednesday you can use your credit or debit card to pay to park in downtown Wichita.

In a release, city officials said the three-month test project will make it even easier to park in the downtown area.

People who park in the metered lot east of Century II Expo Hall or south of the Central Library will be directed to centralized parking pay stations near the north entrances. The meters in those areas will be out-of-service.

The price to park will remain the same, but drivers can pay with change, credit or debit card.

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Community
4:46 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

What Did $100M Do For Downtown Wichita?

View of downtown Wichita from the top of the Old Town Square parking garage.
Credit chris.locke / flickr

Nearly $100 million was invested in downtown projects last year including the Ambassador Hotel, St. Mary's Cathedral and the YMCA.

This figure comes from the 2012 Project Downtown annual report that was presented to the Wichita City Council Tuesday by Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and Scott Knebel from the city.

David Dixon, principle for planning and urban design at Goody Clancy out of Boston, was also part of the presentation because he helped craft the master plan.

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Downtown Development
5:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Ground Broken On ‘Block 1’ Downtown

A digital representation of the completed 'Block 1'.
Press courtesy photo

A ground breaking event was held Wednesday to build new headquarters for the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference center in downtown Wichita. 

The 3-story building will feature a 200-seat town hall meeting space, offices and classrooms and an unfinished 3rd floor for future expansion. 

KLC’s Ed O’Malley says the building is designed as a flexible, functional space that contributes to developing more engaged leaders in healthier communities. 

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