A downtown 'Eiffel Tower'

Miami is all set to have its own ‘Eiffel Tower’. It is meant to be an observation tower at the centre of the downtown area, and the residents of this resort city in Florida, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of it.

 This 1,000-foot glass-and-steel tower, to be called SkyRise, is planned to go up at the end of Bayside Marketplace, an outdoor shopping mall that faces Biscayne Bay. The tower shall be shaped like a hairpin and will feature an amusement park, a 550-foot bungee jump, a ballroom, moving movie theatre and nightclub. A Canadian firm is to build this tower’s observation deck, which is set to be the second highest in the United States, after the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 The foundation of the tower is expected to take nine months, while the entire tower is anticipated to be completed by the first half of 2018.

Real estate developer Jeffrey Berkowitz shall be leading this project, with construction costs figuring about $430 million. Jeffrey said, in an interview, “Miami is a world-class city. And I think an iconic structure downtown will firmly cement Miami on the global stage.

It’s going to be Miami’s Eiffel Tower. We have very significant public support for it.” Jeffrey had earlier partnered with General Growth Properties and spent around $300,000 on promoting plans for the observation tower with the voters in Miami. 

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