May 05, 2018

Waterside District hiring for Ferris wheel summer crew

If your wheels are spinning on where to work this summer, there may be a job opportunity for you at Waterside District.

A 137-foot Ferris wheel will be erected later this month at the entertainment development on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. The attraction was first announced during Mayor Kenny Alexander’s State of the City speech.

The site is the former location of the Waterside annex, which was demolished in 2016. It’s unclear when the ride will be assembled, but it made its debut at the Kentucky Derby and will leave Louisville on May 6, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Fred Rose, marketing manager at Waterside, said Skystar is looking for about 40 seasonal employees to operate the ride. A hiring event is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. May 9 in Blue Moon Taphouse, at 333 Waterside Drive.

Information on the Skystar website indicates wages started at $10 per hour for the Louisville crew.

The $7 million wheel, owned by St. Louis-based company Skystar, will be in Norfolk for the summer. It stands about 12 stories and has 36 gondolas.

The attraction comes about one year after the reopening of Waterside. Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. was estimated to spend about $40 million on the project in exchange for $1 annual rent and a majority cut of the tax revenue generated there.

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