Newport Skywheel design rejected, new plan submitted

Newport Skywheel design rejected, new plan submitted

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Newport city officials and the developer of the $10 million Newport Skywheel project are expected to meet Friday with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to discuss a new design.

Koch Development submitted a new design for the massive wheel after concerns were raised about the previous one.

This is the third design submission by the developer. Past issues included the Skywheel putting pressure on the flood wall and impacting its integrity.

It's not clear what the latest concerns are.

The original goal was for the Ferris wheel to open this summer.

Now, Koch Development says the response time by the USACE will determine if a 2018 opening remains achievable.

Past reviews by the USACE have taken weeks to months.

The Newport Skywheel would stand 235 feet tall with 30 climate controlled gondolas.

The developer expects 500,000 visitors to the Skywheel each year.

In addition to the Ferris wheel, Koch Development says Newport city officials have submitted plans for enhancements to Riverboat Row.

New pavement, circular promenades lined with trees is what is seen on the renderings.

There is no word yet if city leaders will move forward with the changes if the Skywheel does not receive approval.

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