Delano residents dream of the future

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Designs depicting what Wichita's historic Delano neighborhood could look like in the future were released Thursday.

The four unique designs call for changes and growth. Students with the Kansas State University landscape architecture program developed the plans.

One design takes advantage of the Arkansas River showing families wandering along a boardwalk next to mixed-use buildings with restaurants, rooftop bars, and retail space.

Another design transforms an abandoned rail line in the neighborhood  into a rail trail with housing, a splash pad, and more.

"There's four different ideas for the stadium. There are a couple different ideas for the rail trail. There are ideas for how to treat McLean Boulevard. Should it stay exactly where it is? Should it move? Should it go away?" Associate Professor, Blake Belanger said.

This is all part of revitalization that people who work and live in Delano say they're ready to see.

"Delano has a lot of potential," Aero Plains Brewing CEO, Lance Minor said.

The neighborhood, which was once part of the Chisholm Trail and a major cattle shipping center, is now a business district with unique, locally owned shops and restaurants. Its charm is what attracted Minor to set up shop in the neighborhood.

"There's an amazing sense of culture and community here," Minor said.

The students spent eight weeks learning about the neighborhood and using it's assets, like the baseball stadium and river to make Delano a destination everyone wants to see.

Their designs were presented to the community and the Wichita Area Planning Commission, which will be able to take inspiration from the designs when planning future Delano development.

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