Wednesday, March 03, 1999

Tower awaits details of new Reds ballpark

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati recreation officials will move ahead with construction of a planned 150-foot riverfront tower, whose design has received mixed reviews, once more details emerge about the layout of the new Reds ballpark.

        Concerns have been raised about whether the proposed tower would be in the players' line of sight as well as about aesthetics.

        In the next month, the ballpark's planners are expected to provide better details about the “siting” of the riverfront stadium, said Acting Recreation Director Wayne Bain. Until then, Mr. Bain recommended Tuesday, construction of the proposed 150-foot tower should be de layed. State and private funds are paying for the $2.5 million tower.

        The plan was to build the tower in a park with a 60-ton paddle wheel to celebrate the city's river heritage. The delay could mean the tower wouldn't be completed until 2000, though officials had hoped it would be built by October in time for Tallstacks '99.


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