St. Louis Wheel Approved for Union Station

By on February 12, 2019

From NextSTL:  The City of St. Louis last week issued a $3.34 million building permit to erect the St. Louis Wheel at Union Station, 1820 Market Street downtown. The 200 foot tall observation wheel will tower twenty stories over the surrounding city, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline. Forty-two climate controlled gondolas will each seat six adults. Rides will last 15 minutes and include three to four rotations each. The gondolas will be ADA compliant, and one VIP gondola will include leather bucket seats, stereo system and a glass floor.

The St. Louis Wheel will join the $45 million St. Louis Aquarium, which opens later this year. The aquarium construction is making use of specially formulated aquatic concrete and high tech life support systems. If owner Lodging Hospitality Management manages to fit the 120,000 square foot aquarium with 1.3 million gallons of water—and sharks—inside a national historic landmark, then squeezing in a Ferris wheel seems manageable. The aquarium and wheel are part of a $160 million redevelopment of Union Station.

They join other recent investments at Union Station, such as the Grand Hall laser light show which runs nightly on the hour beginning at 5 p.m. The historic Grand Hall, which also serves as the lobby for the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, has completed a $50 million renovation. The hall’s barrel vault towers over the space’s sweeping archways, fresco, gold leaf, mosaics and Tiffany stained glass, standing 65 feet at its apex. The next phase of development moves outside.

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