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November 21, 2011

CLASS hosts fundraiser for Polish Scholar Program

BY Robert Bray

A proposal that involves the construction of a cable car network would fly passengers 150 feet above some of Cleveland's popular landmarks.

The project is being led by Jon Stahl and his Cleveland-based LeanDog Software Studio.
He is hoping phase one will be part of the new Cleveland Convention Center Hotel project by flying the cable car off the top of the hotel, between the rock hall and science center, integrating with the waterfront.

It's also been announced that Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering joined the development team.

"We have four senior civil engineering students that have selected Cleveland Skylift as their Senior Design project," said Paul Pawlaczyk, Fenn College of Engineering's Director of Advancement.

Senior Design is a year-long capstone course in the College of Engineering where students work in teams to solve problems in engineering terms and develop a realistic solution through the completion of an engineering project.

Pawlaczyk said a comprehensive written report which includes budget, equipment requirements, time schedule, problem description, design alternatives, and tentative design is prepared.

"While many of the details are still being worked out, we have talked about our students taking soil samples to determine the environmental suitability of Cleveland Skylift construction sites, along with some general surveying work," he said.

Three developers submitted their proposals to the City for North Coast Harbor and Harbor West on November 1, 2013. They're waiting for one of the three developers to get selected. The developers will be formally presenting their plans to the city in mid November.

It consists of steel cables strung between two stations. The cable is driven by a bull-wheel in the terminal, which is connected to an electric motor. They are working with seven manufacturers, including Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, two of the largest manufacturers in the world.

They estimate that each station will cost $3-$5 million and are proposing 14 stations.
The electro-mechanical portion of SkyLift, which includes the cars, cables, towers and more, could cost an additional $100 - $130 million.

“We want to have a million people ride a year,” said Matt Volosin, Project Manager for Skylift.

They received a $9.4 million bid for phase one of the project from cable car company Leitner Poma.

“We plan to start with a highest value station,” he said.
LeanDog is throwing a SkyLift party with help from Sam McNulty at Market Garden Brewery on November 19 at 5:00 pm. They will be parking their cable car in the alley adjacent to the outside patio.