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Developers look to revive Phoenix Observation Tower project

Phx Observation Tower Rendering

The proposed 420-foot pinwheeling Phoenix Observation Tower may have a second chance at life.

Novawest LLC, the development firm proposing the tourism attraction, is talking to a private landowner in Phoenix about the tower project. This comes after a plan to locate the tower next to the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix fell through earlier this year.

“The Observation Tower is still looking at sites downtown and is in negotiations with a private landowner,” said a Novawest spokesman.

He declined to give any other information about the site.

A Danish architectural firm designed the tower as an open-air pinwheel with observation decks, restaurant and stores, and special event space. It has been touted as a tourist attraction akin to Seattle’s Space Needle and Toronto’s CN Tower.

It also could be an attraction for conventioneers and other downtown visitors.

Tower promoters hoped to get the structure built and opened before next year’s Super Bowl in Glendale. Downtown Phoenix is hosting a number of events for the big game.

The Phoenix tower would be approximately 39 stories. The Chase Tower, at 40 stories, is the tallest building in Phoenix.

From the Phoenix Business Journal


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