Las Vegas developer breaks ground on 500-foot Ferris wheel project

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An artist’s rendering of the Skyvue complex near Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip.

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An artist's rendering of the Skyvue complex near Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. Launch slideshow »

The developer of a 500-foot Ferris wheel and amusement park across from Mandalay Bay held a media event today to launch the project.

The Clark County Commission approved the Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel project in March, and today with various public officials in attendance, groundbreaking ceremonies celebrated the clearing of the 11-acre site at Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road.

The Ferris wheel is being touted as the largest in the Western Hemisphere and third tallest in the world. The project is also planned to include 200,000 square feet of restaurants, retail and entertainment uses.

The wheel will have 40 heated and air-conditioned passenger gondolas that each will hold 20 to 25 passengers.

The project is led by Las Vegas developer Howard Bulloch of Compass Investments.

It is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2013. A similar project proposed for the site stalled a decade ago.

The entire project will include 39.5 acres with 11 acres as part of the first phase. A 1950s-era motel will be demolished as part of phase one.

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  1. 10 to 1 this project never completes.

  2. @Paul you're betting like a person who watches a blackjack game. You have nothing to win and nothing to lose.

  3. I wish them luck. For now, construction jobs on this project then some jobs for people to work there. Bit by bit Vegas is adding to the market place as they always have.

    Nice to see a man with money put his money where his mouth is and try to do something more for Vegas and I hope he makes money at it.

    Those that bet against these projects have no stake in them and do nothing for Vegas. Easy to be negative when you have nothing at stake.

  4. Are they going to mount the monorail cars from the bankrupt monorail on the wheel?

  5. Where are the people responsible for this soon to be catastrophe getting their information? The last time I checked that location, it was very close to the airport where these things we call "jet's" and "airplanes" take off and land. Has anyone thought about the noise they make? How about the risk of low flying aircraft? What about the summer heat? Did anyone mention that at the meeting? There is obviously still a bunch of "dumb money" floating around. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

  6. I guess they are screwing Harrah's yet again. Will Vegas have 2 big wheels?

  7. Nice to have the construction jobs. Vegas really needs a Major Theme Park AND Water Park (Chiefly Indoors) for locals - plus International Tourists with kids in tow. Se we don't have to go to LA for several days for something more Family oriented.

  8. The wheel will surely be solar powered and pump water from deep inside the earth. I can't wait! Yes, I'm calling you Shirley.

  9. This is going to be one attraction the southern point of The Strip needs. The north side has the Stratosphere and all of its goodies. The center sections have "The Sirens of TI" at Treasure Island, the volcano show at The Mirage and the beautiful fountain shows at Bellagio. With the new digital mapping projections being added to Tropicana and the already existing roller coaster at New York, New York, this new, upcoming Ferris wheel near Mandalay Bay will help draw crowds to the South Strip.

  10. http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/03/ferris....

    something you might wish to read

  11. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jun...

    something from the LV Sun you might wish to read