SkyWheel coming to Levee in Newport

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NEWPORT, Ky. (KT) – Plans have been confirmed for a SkyWheel to be built on the Levee in Newport, the city said on Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the permit for construction of SkyWheel, the riverfront observation wheel planned for the riverfront, according to the city.

Construction on the 230-foot tall SkyWheel will start as soon as possible. It will feature 30 climate-controlled gondolas and will be built at Newport on the Levee, right next to the Newport Aquarium, by Koch Development of St. Louis.

"Newport on the Levee, the Newport Aquarium and now SkyWheel," Newport City Manager Tom Fromme said in a statement. "What a terrific lineup for the Newport riverfront and the entire region."

This follows the news that the SkyStar Wheel is staying at The Banks in Cincinnati for possibly a decade.

"The SkyWheel is going to be a major tourist attraction," Fromme said. "We expect about 400,000 riders a year. And because the gondolas are climate controlled, the SkyWheel can be enjoyed year-round."

Koch Development Managing Director Matthew Stack said that final construction schedules and logistics are being finalized and that construction will start "as soon as possible," according to a statement.

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