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OXON HILL, Md. (WJZ) –Maryland’s National Harbor keeps its growth going with the announcement it’s adding a massively tall new attraction.

Monique Griego has more on the 17-story Ferris wheel that’s going up, and the amazing views riders will be able to see from it.

Maryland’s National Harbor in Prince George’s County is taking its development sky high!

Developers just announced plans for a 175-foot Ferris wheel.

Animations show what the 17-story Capital Wheel will look like as it sits at the end of a new pier overlooking the Potomac River.

When it debuts in May, it will offer visitors amazing views of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery.

“It starts at about 20 feet above the water, so you’ll be almost 200 feet when you’re at the top of the wheel looking down at Washington,” said Jon Peterson, Peterson Companies executive committee chairman.

The $15 million project is similar to the London Eye, which is 200-feet tall and one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Ferris wheel’s gondolas will be climate controlled, and the attraction is expected to be open year-round.

“It’s going to be a great addition because it’s going to bring 600,000 to 800,000 people a year,” Peterson said.

Construction on the entertainment area of the Capital Wheel  is already underway. When complete, it will only add to a harbor booming with development.

MGM Resorts International is already planning to build a $925 million casino on the pier.

“With MGM being selected and now with the wheel here it is saying that economic development is happening in Prince George’s County,” said Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive.

In addition to offering amazing views, the Capital Wheel is expected to host public, corporate and private events.

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