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Developers release new renderings for North Shore "Esplanade" featuring giant Ferris wheel

New renderings released for North Shore "Esplanade"
New renderings released for North Shore "Esplanade" 02:24

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- New renderings for the massive $600 million "Esplanade" on the North Shore have been released, giving a new look into what you can expect to see in the coming years.

Piatt Companies, the commercial real estate firm handling the project, released the new renderings, showing plans for a marina, swimming pool, splash pad that turns into an ice rink and giant Ferris wheel.

A swimming pool... A splash pad turned ice skating rink... And a ferris wheel! Did you know George Ferris live on the...

Posted by Meghan Schiller KDKA on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Once complete, the massive development along the Ohio River will also include apartments, condos and retail space.

The firm says they are currently preparing to take the plan to the city for approval in hopes of breaking ground this fall.

"I think it's another great thing to bring more people down to the north shore on top of the casino and the stadiums. I think it's another focal point that will bring tourism back to the city," Cory White said. 

"Anything that brings people into the city and more excitement that we can go on the weekends or a nice sunny day, I'm here for it," Colleen Fallert said. 

The project will create 7,500 jobs during construction and 4,500 permanent jobs upon completion. It's estimated the massive development will generate millions of dollars in taxes annually, but not everyone sees the positives. 

"I think it's a big joke, big waste of money. There's other projects and other things that should be done in the city of Pittsburgh instead of wasting your money on a stupid Ferris wheel. We got Kennywood," Gary Schwartzmiller said. 

Despite some pushback, the project is on track. 

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