A 900-foot-tall Ferris wheel might be destined for San Antonio

12:08 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 Austin360 Home
Lily Sawyer walks with her daughter, Charlotte, 13 months, and husband, Drew, past a Ferris wheel at the Austin Rodeo that is far smaller than that proposed for San Antonio. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A 900-foot Ferris wheel? That is... very tall.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration had received a request from a developer in November to perform a study to construct the world’s largest Ferris wheel — a massive 900 feet high, which would make it the world’s tallest — on “property owned by CPS Energy just south of the Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio, according to the agency’s website,” according to the story.

The request was made anonymously, according to the Express-News:

“No one in San Antonio seems to know anything about the Ferris wheel, including local politicians, neighborhood leaders and even CPS. The utility put the property up for sale earlier this year but has since pulled it off the market, spokesman Jonathan Tijerina said. It doesn’t have plans to sell it now and doesn’t know who is behind the Ferris wheel, he said.”

"The proposed Ferris wheel would loom 150 feet above San Antonio’s tallest building, the Tower of the Americas, which is 750 feet tall, counting its spire,” the paper also reported. 

To give you a sense of how big 900 feet is, know that the Williams Tower is Houston, the 33rd tallest building in the world, is 901 feet tall. The Renaissance Tower in Dallas is 886 feet tall.

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