DRAFT Delano Plan 2018Delano Neighborhood Plan Survey
Delano Neighborhood Plan Update
Delano is one of the oldest, most well established neighborhoods in the City of Wichita, and is located to the immediate west of the downtown area of Wichita. The neighborhood boundaries include: the Arkansas River on the north and east, Meridian and US 54 Highway on the west and south respectively.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Department is currently working on the 2018 Delano Neighborhood Plan. The Plan is a community-wide vision for improvements and development in the Delano Neighborhood. This policy document will act as a guide when planning improvements and evaluating development opportunities in Delano for the next 15 years. This is an update of the 2001 Delano Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and an amendment to the 2015 Community Investments Plan, the Comprehensive Plan for Wichita-Sedgwick County.
Following the 2001 plan, there have been encouraging signs of revitalization in Delano, including investments in retail businesses and infrastructure along Douglas Avenue, the main business corridor in the area. The introduction of the River Vista apartments, the Advanced Learning Library, plans for a hotel and apartment project on the “Delano Catalyst Site”, a new business headquarters, and a multi-use sports complex have turned the east end of Delano into one of the most exciting spaces in the city. Strong, established institutions continue to provide stability in the neighborhood, including Friends University, the Kansas Masonic Home, Exploration Place, Senior Services, and several other churches and civic organizations.
Active members of the neighborhood and the City of Wichita recognized that the time was right to take a fresh look at the neighborhood. Weaknesses had to be identified and addressed. Neighborhood strengths needed to be enhanced. It was time to start planning and to position the Delano neighborhood for a healthy and successful future.
Delano’s Turn: Directions West of the River presents urban design ideas for the future of the Delano district in Wichita, Kansas. Fifteen Kansas State University mid-level students, enrolled in an intensive 8-week Community Planning and Design studio, completed the work during the summer of 2017. The studio was co-led by Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Associate Professor Howard Hahn.
Conceived by the studio’s professors and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, the idea for the project emerged from discussions in late 2016. Goals of the collaborative service learning studio included providing students with first-hand experience working with a community, generating creative ideas for advancing the dialogue about planning the future of Delano, engaging residents and stakeholders and responding to their input, and supporting the mission of the project partners. In contrast to a singular master plan, the collection of ideas presented in
Delano’s Turn provides a multitude of ideas that can be compared, evaluated, prioritized, and perhaps hybridized.
Delano's Turn: Directions West of the River