Wichita State University is  proposing creating a community destination of dining, entertainment and shopping adjacent to campus. 

Taking a step forward with community discussions about a University Village initiative, which seeks to create a destination of dining, entertainment and shopping adjacent to campus, to serve both the campus and the community.

Through the existing Shocker Neighborhoods initiative, internal discovery and community feedback, Wichita State has identified an initial list of needs to help serve its constituents and the community. The goal is to develop strong, meaningful and high-impact partnerships with qualified developers to address these needs, which include:

  • Dining options with a focus on healthy and ethnic food options
  • Grocery stores that include international options
  • A pharmacy
  • Retail that includes general merchandise, appropriately sized
  • Mixed-use commercial/retail
  • Childcare centers
  • Local businesses, including a bakery, smoothie/juice bar, apparel, etc.

To gather that input, a town hall is being held from 1-2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 30. Members of the community have the opportunity to view the town hall remotely here.

At the community town hall, Acting President Rick Muma and campus and community leaders will present Wichita State’s desire to work with local and national developers interested in partnering to explore the possibilities to bring these amenities to life adjacent to campus.

The university will engage with persons and entities who desire involvement via individual and community meetings following the initial discussion.

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