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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.

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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.

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After celebrating its 100th anniversary two years ago by sitting vacant and in rough shape, Wichita’s historic Union Station, as well as the the train depot and two story building sitting next to it, have been brought back to life.

There are now several tenants, from restaurants to insurance offices. 

Chad Stafford, president of Occidental Management, the company developing the property, says the first phase concentrated on the two-story Grand and Patrick Building along Douglas, the adjacent brick train depot, and the exterior courtyard.

For the first time in years, a large hole in downtown Wichita has been filled. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, a small park, called a pop-up, will soon take its place.

Report Shows Downtown Investment Is Paying Off

Jun 2, 2015
Wichita Downtown Development Corporation

An annual report indicates that public spending for downtown projects is only a fraction of what it was 10 years ago. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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