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Groundbreaking For Las Vegas Wheel

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A developer is rolling out plans to build a 500-foot viewing wheel on the Las Vegas Strip that would be higher than the London Eye and give visitors an unparalleled view of Sin City.

Developer Howard Bulloch of Compass Investments was due to release details of the project Monday at the site across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Bulloch wants the attraction to open in 2013 as part of a $100 million privately funded project also including a roller coaster and 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.

A rendering of the Ferris-style wheel shows its rotation perpendicular to the Strip. That means views from the 40 gondolas wouldn’t be obstructed by other passenger cars.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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