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December 16, 2009

Downtown Market Findings

Heather Bohrer

The public is invited to hear initial findings from the downtown master plan research on housing, retail and overall commercial market opportunities along with input from a panel of business and community leaders.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with presentations starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13th at the Scottish Rite, 332 East 1st Street North. Information and themes from the December “Walk-Shops” will also be presented, and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Downtown Market Findings
5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Presentations, Panels and Q&A Session
Wednesday, January 13th
Scottish Rite
332 East 1st Street North

Presenters include:

– Laurie Volk from Zimmerman/Volk – Downtown housing market

– Sarah Woodworth from W-ZHA – Downtown commercial market

– Mike Berne from MJB – Downtown retail market

– Ben Carlson from Goody Clancy – Themes heard from the community from the Walk-shops

– Local panelists will be announced in January

RSVP to or to (316) 264-6005.

The meeting is part of the master planning process for downtown Wichita. Goody Clancy was selected in September to develop a plan for the core area that focuses on connecting and maximizing various downtown areas, utilizing community input to define the vision for downtown and specific implementation strategies, and economic research to maximize private sector investment and return on investment of public dollars. The plan’s funding partners are the City of Wichita, Wichita Transit, WDDC and the private sector.

The WDDC is a non-profit organization focused on stimulating interest and investment in downtown. The organization is governed by its board of directors consisting of property and business owners from the downtown area. The board represents more than 1,400 businesses in the center city and directs and manages the WDDC’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area.

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