Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:07 AM
I heard a rumor months and months ago that there were plans for another Stratosphere Tower in Newport, KY, across the river from Cincinnati, to go along with the new aquarium and shopping center/movie theater there. Supposedly it was to have the S&S ride on top, etc.
Has this been discussed here before? Anyone heard anything or seen any construction?
Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:28 AM
It's all on hold pending funding. The 'tower' was supposed to house the 12 foot tall Millennium Bell (I think that's what it's called.) that is currently on the site (which is the largest free standing bell in America or the world, I think). Right now, most of Newport's time and money is being focused on the 'Newport on the Levee' project which is essentially a big shopping area.
The tower would be built next to the aquarium, if it goes through, and there still is talk of a space shot ride on it's apex, but nothing concrete. As of now, I'd just consider it talk.
Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:33 AM
Well, seeing that the Statosphere in Vegas is having financial issues, I seriously doubt anything will ever come of it here, unless of course Its going to be developed by a different owner whos willing to take the risk....
Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:36 AM
Yea, It appears the project has gone into the invisible phase again. You can drive by and see the bell but no other construction or talk. Every once in awhile I heard of digging to begin but it is all vapor. I dunno if this idea will get off the ground (or the bell) for quite some time.
Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:40 AM
It is supposed to go 1 block south from the aquarium and the "Newport on the Levee" site. They are waiting for the "Newport on the levee" to be completed and also they are trying to buy the land. They have the land where the bell sits now but they still need another 2 or 3 blocks.
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 8:02 AM
The plan for an S&S-type ride didn't make it past the first re-design, due to cost.
I spoke with some people at the Enquirer about the "Millenium Monument," and they pretty much agreed that it's dead in the water. I generally hope that it is, as it would be quite out of place standing 3 times taller than Carew Tower. I think it would be an eye-sore.
Friday, August 31, 2001 1:45 PM
The Stratosphere isnt having financial problems, that was only when it first opened. They just finished a 67 million dollar expansion in June. They are not in debt, this is one of those cases where bankrupcy helped them get back on thier feet.
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