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Los Angeles skyscraper slide will not reopen

A renovation will do away with a slide that gave thrill-seekers a brief ride on the outside of a skyscraper in central Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles (AP) – New owners of US Bank Tower will remove Skyslide and Skyspace Public Observatory. Los Angeles Times Reported on Friday.

The slide and deck opened in 2016 with the idea of making the tower a tourist attraction.

Located about 1,000 feet (304.8 meters) above the ground, the Skyslide is a 45-foot (13.7-meter) long see-through enclosure made of 1.25-inch (3.18 cm) thick glass. Visitors could slide from the 70th floor down to the 69th floor.

Developer Silverstein Properties bought the US Bank Tower last year for 430 million US dollars (£303 million) and plans to spend 60 million dollars (£42 million) on upgrades to make it more appealing to businesses in creative fields, the Times reported.

Skyspace was closed before the pandemic and will not be reopened, said Jeremy Moss, head of the lease.

“While there are examples of observation decks and tourist attractions co-existing with workspace, in this particular case I think that it was having too much of a negative impact on the experience that we wanted to create and preserve for the companies that are here,” he said.

Skyspace floors will be turned back into office space.

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