CLEVELAND -- The team behind the Cleveland Skylift brought in expert makers of ski lifts to examine whether a skylift is possible in Cleveland.
After spending Tuesday studying the eleven sights proposed for the lift towers, those experts say yes.
"It's exciting, challenging, but doable," said Rick Spear, President of Leitner-Poma of America.
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Leitner-Poma is an internationally leading maker of ski lifts.
They also produce public projects in cities around the world, for tourism and transportation purposes.
The proposal for Cleveland, developed by the creative minds at Lead Dog Software, would be the biggest of its kind in the world, and the first for the United States.
"It works engineering wise, by our experience, but we're going to lay out the stations, locate the towers and make sure it works," said Spear.
The Cleveland Skylift would connect eleven major destinations downtown, from First Energy Stadium to the Horseshoe Casino to the Flats.
The cars could travel as fast as 29 mph, 100 feet in the air, sustaining winds up to 65 mph.
The next step is to raise funding for a complete research and engineering study. The hope is to have the results complete within six months.
Jon Stahl, with Lead Dog, spent seven hours with the team from Leitner-Poma, as they worked to validate whether the plan could be feasible.
"In general, we couldn't find any obstacles to prevent this from happening. That was a big concern, that there would be some engineering feat that this couldn't tackle. That these guys would leave and say, 'You guys are crazy and it just can't happen for various reasons.' So it felt good. We encountered some issues but adapted the plan to make it work," said Stahl.
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