A Colorado-based street design firm will be in Wichita next week, gathering public input on the role Douglas should play in downtown redevelopment.
Officials from Design Workshop in Denver will hold a public open house Wednesday night at the Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II.
A reception and open house begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to give the public a chance to interact with the consultants.
A formal presentation at 6:15 p.m. will include a look at what comparable cities, such as Louisville, Ky., have done with main downtown streets.
"It's an initiative coming directly from Project Downtown reflecting on the master plan," said Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp.
"It's an opportunity for the consultants to work with property owners and businesses directly on Douglas to get their input. And in the event, it'll be a show case for the public on some initial concepts and possibilities, some things we can do with streetscape improvements, vegetation, more parking, lanes in certain areas."
Project Downtown, the redevelopment master plan by Boston-based consultant Goody Clancy, defines Douglas as the main commerce corridor downtown, connecting attractions like Delano, Old Town, the East Douglas Design District and Century II.
Design Workshop is a four-decade-old firm that provides landscape architecture, urban design and strategy to clients.