SkyStar Wheel to become permanent Cincinnati structure

CINCINNATI (AP) — A permanent 200-foot-high (60.96-meter) SkyStar observation wheel is coming to downtown Cincinnati next year.

A release from Game Day Communications says the current 150-foot-high (45.72-meter) portable wheel is scheduled to be replaced early 2020.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Hamilton County Commissioners unanimously voted for the permanent structure Thursday.

SkyStar managing partner Todd Schneider says his team has been "overwhelmed with requests to stay part of Cincinnati's skyline."

The new wheel is contracted stand for 10 years. SkyStar will be able to renew the contract in 5-year installations twice.

The permanent wheel will be in the same location, 55 East Freedom Way at The Banks.

The release says a portion of SkyStar's revenue will be donated to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and ArtsWaves, a community arts fund.

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