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Dueling Ferris wheels in Ohio and Kentucky may not happen

Are city neighborhoods 'beating' The Banks?
Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 19:07:51-04

Two Ferris wheels were supposed to sit on either side of the Ohio River by now, but both projects are on hold.

The SkyStar wheel at The Banks was taken down in 2020 and supposed to be back up by March 5, 2021. Similarly, the SkyWheel in Newport was supposed to be open in May 2021. There have been no developments on either project, though.

SkyStar at The Banks to open one day late

Todd Schneider with SkyView Partners reached out to Hamilton County officials in December 2020 about the SkyStar wheel and asked to "keep the door open" to the development moving forward in the future.

However, Bridget Doherty, Hamilton County's communications manager, said this was the last communication the county had with the organization. "At this point in time, we do not have a commitment from Skystar to move the project forward," she said.

Newport residents aren't sure about proposed SkyWheel project on the Ohio River

File image of the SkyWheel, an 187-foot tall Ferris wheel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Newport City Manager Thomas Fromme said the SkyWheel is a private development and the city only issued the permit to build the wheel.

"That permit expires by the end of July," Fromme said. "We are not sure what their future plans are."