Village of Gurnee has Great America on the agenda

Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2000 7:27 AM | Contributed by Upsidedowner

From the Village of Gurnee Announcements

"Public Hearing: Petition of Six Flags Great America for a height variance to allow a portion of a new roller coaster ride to reach a height of 180 feet. (Six Flags Great America is seeking to introduce a new roller coaster attraction to replace the existing *Sky Whirl* ride. Such structures are permitted by right up to a height of 125 feet. Those portions proposed to exceed 125 feet must follow zoning procedures for a variation including a public hearing, pursuant to the Conditional Use Permit in effect for the theme park. Structures may not exceed 310 feet in height, i.e. height of the Sky Trek Tower.)

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Tuesday, September 26, 2000 8:03 AM
Tomorrows the big day. It will get approved. Gurnee has never turned down a height request.
Tuesday, September 26, 2000 8:54 AM
Maybe someday a 300 footer will arrive.

Tuesday, September 26, 2000 8:57 AM
if its a invertigo, i give a big *yawn*
Tuesday, September 26, 2000 10:36 AM
Then yawn away, the park officials already said they are looking at an invertigo. It's too bad to know that SFGAm will never again hold the "World's Tallest Rollercoaster" title that it's had three times already (Tidal Wave, American Eagle, Shockwave) because of the zoning laws. Oh well, guess you cant have everything =].
Tuesday, September 26, 2000 4:08 PM
Well, it could be some type of B&M,but I really think it will be an impulse . I am guessing this knowing that Six Flags likes to install successful rides in multiple parks, which is good and bad(clones). S:UE is successful, right?

Coasters- a little slice of heaven
Tuesday, September 26, 2000 5:21 PM
Well they already ripped my heart out---now all I can hope for is my home park to make a smart move. An invertigo is NOT a smart move, but it's too late for that. Anyone know if a ferris wheel of ANY kind is due to join the park?? Six Flags usually does well with wheels. Even Geauga got a new one to replace the smaller one.

God I am going to miss my triple wheel! It was a wonderful 25 years......


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Tuesday, September 26, 2000 6:49 PM
Why can't structures exceed 310 ft.? I think that if you want to build a coaster above 310 ft. you could. *** This post was edited by CPgenius on 9/27/2000. ***
Wednesday, September 27, 2000 4:45 AM
The Village of Gurnee has final say on what can or cannot be built above 125'. From what I've heard from the locals, the village can be very picky when it comes to regulations. However, since SFGAm is probably a big revenue generator for the local economy, I don't see the village giving the park much hassle when it comes to new attractions. Do any SFGAm locals out there know of any instances where the village stopped the park from building anything??

Scott W. Short
Wednesday, September 27, 2000 1:26 PM
I cant remember any instances of Gurnee rejecting any proposals from SFGAm. I am sure there are compromises but no flat out rejections. Gurnee has been going full force with getting anything they can into their town. Take a look at Gurnee Mills and the surrounding businesses that just keep popping up. Heck, they already approved SFGAm proposal for a waterpark and shopping/resort complex.
Wednesday, September 27, 2000 3:04 PM
The thing everyone else seems to be missing is the fact that a park spokesman confirmed that SFGAM will also "discuss another coaster" at tonight's meeting (see Daily Herald article). Think about it - it could be an LIM spaghetti bowl coaster (Jokers Jinx or Poltergeist clone) or even a smaller floorless! Look at the bright side - if we get another coaster in addition to the Two-Face, that will at least clear up lines for other rides.

What do you guys think? By the way - what was discussed at the meeting?
Wednesday, September 27, 2000 3:12 PM
WOW! I love your screenname there, TOTC!!!!
I personally would love to see a launched return, with the great look and feel of those outdoor Premier LIMs.
Thursday, September 28, 2000 11:44 AM
Two coasters sounds great to me!
Friday, September 29, 2000 1:38 PM
Now I here the towers are *VERTICLE*
Saturday, September 30, 2000 6:51 AM
Don't you mean "vertical?"

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