US Thrill Rides plans $40 million 33-story tower attraction planned for the New Orleans’ Riverfront
The proposed 320-foot-tall structure planned for the New Orleans downtown riverfront area, to be named the New Orleans Tricentennial Tower, will feature a tower-twisting double-helix gondola viewing experience as well as a sky-high restaurant and observation deck. The intended height and downtown Riverfront location at the foot of Canal Street will provide breathtaking 360-degree views of the city’s French Quarter, Commercial Business District, Mississippi River and greater New Orleans area. The Tower will be ADA compliant and built to withstand Category 5 hurricane wind velocity. Perez, APC of New Orleans, Angela O’Byrne and Pio Lyons are the local architects of record.
“The Seattle Space Needle hosts well over one million visitors per year,” said Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides. “US Thrill Rides, Two Canal Street Investors and our additional investor partners believe that a New Orleans’s Tricentennial Tower on the Riverfront would quickly become one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions.”
In addition to the gondola experience and the restaurant level, the group also plans a multi-million dollar “New Orleans 360 Interactive Experience, in association with the “Louisiana Maritime Museum,” to be located on a 300-foot high observation-deck level. Visitors will be presented with a cutting edge, virtual reality tour experience that guides them through the history of New Orleans.
If selected by the NOBC, Two Canal Street Investors, Inc. plans to redevelop the existing World Trade Center building into the five-star luxury Hotel Alessandra New Orleans, a 318-room hotel, contemporaneous with approximately 200 Hotel Alessandra luxury-branded rental apartments. Plans for the $228 million World Trade Center makeover project, separate from the adjacent co-developed Tricentennial Tower, will feature a world-class lobby, wine bar, named restaurants and revolving rooftop jazz club.
US Thrill Rides is also behind the upcoming Skyscraper complex coming to Orlando in 2017.
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