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March 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Developer announces details for proposed downtown gondola

The operators of the Great Wheel on the Seattle waterfront unveiled plans for a gondola to carry people from the Convention Center to the waterfront with a stop at the Pike Place Market.

“Gondolas have been recognized throughout history as a way to scale heights. They’ve also proven their safety and reliability,” said Kyle Griffith, whose family operates the Great Wheel.

Griffith said the gondola would be privately financed and run. The family is working with the city to get permits and hopes to have it running by 2016 when the viaduct comes down.

The family held a noon time media conference to unveil plans.

Peter Steinbrueck, who was on hand for the event, said he supported the plan, calling a gondola “a novel idea” for the city.

This isn’t the only gondola proposed for the Seattle area. A Capitol Hill gondola is being championed by Matt Roewe, of VIA Architecture, and Matt Gangemi, an engineer. Kirkland also is exploring gondolas as a way to relieve traffic issues.

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