Seattle Space Needle renovation nears completion

SEATTLE — The Seattle Space Needle's renovation project is nearing completion, officials said Thursday.

The temporary wrap surrounding the tower's 500-foot level will be removed Thursday night around 9 p.m. Officials said the wrap will be fully removed within 24 to 48 hours, but the suspended work platform will take around three to four weeks to remove.

A re-imagined Space Needle is taking shape with the "spacelift." The project will update the Seattle icon with floor-to-ceiling glass.

Once it is completed, visitors will get an uninterrupted 360-degree view of Puget Sound.

The new design will give diners at the restaurant level the experience of a rotating glass floor and a downward view of the structure.

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