Residents learned more about a proposed observation wheel at the end of Long Wharf on the Boston Harbor at the February Wharf District Council meeting.
Boston Freedom Wheel, LLC is proposing a 200-foot observation wheel and plans include a 2 story café, outdoor seating.
Brian Burke, of Boston Freedom Wheel, said they are in the very early initial plans of the wheel. If approved, the wheel would be operated by the same people who operate La Grande Roue de Montreal in Canada. They operate 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., but Burke said Boston would most likely have different hours.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to see the city in a different light,” said Burke.
Montreal’s wheel has become a premiere destination spot in just a few short years since opening. Burke believes the same thing can happen in Boston. Buenos Aries and other cities in Canada are also considering getting a wheel.
“It will boost tourism,” said Burke.
Burke insisted that while it may look similar, it is not a Ferris wheel. “We are not playing carnival music,” he said.
They considered locating the wheel at the Charlestown Navy Yard, but said it would be too far away from the rest of the city for tourists. They also considered near the Seaport, but didn’t think the views would be as impressive as what Long Wharf can offer.
Burke is hoping this can also become a premiere destination spot where people can get married and have other celebrations.
They came up with the name Freedom Wheel because they thought it represented Boston perfectly.
Burke said he is just beginning to talk to different community groups and government agencies to see if the project is even viable in Boston and if it would be welcomed by residents.