NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A new addition is coming to the Northern Kentucky skyline.
SkyWheel is an observation wheel that will rise more than 235 feet above the Ohio River and will provide panoramic views in the safety and comfort of climate-controlled gondolas.
The SkyWheel will soar above Newport on the Levee and feature 30 gondolas which seats up to 6 adults, and provides 360 degree views of the riverfront.
Passengers will take three to four rotations on a safe and secure flight that will last about 10 to 12 minutes.
The SkyWheel will operate on a year-round basis on the plaza level of Newport on the Levee adjacent to the Newport Aquarium.
Spectacular LED lighting displays will illuminate the SkyWheel at night.
Koch Development expects SkyWheel Newport to draw approximately a half million riders annually.
Subject to securing all approvals necessary, Koch says the SkyWheel will be complete in the summer of 2017.
"A Ferris wheel resonates with the public. It sparks a feeling of nostalgia," said Koch Development Managing Director Matthew Stack.
"People know what it is. They are drawn to it. SkyWheel is awe inspiring to look at and even better to ride."
In 2011, Koch Development developed SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, the first observation wheel of its kind in the United States, in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In addition to SkyWheel Newport, Koch is planning to open SkyWheel Panama City Beach in Panama City Beach, FL in mid-2017.