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Space Needle wrap is coming down

SEATTLE — The $100 million Space Needle renovation has been under wraps since last September — literally.

But the colorful, 400-by-20-foot weatherproof screen around the Needle’s construction platform is coming down. The removal was scheduled to begin last night and could take up to 48 hours to complete.

The 100-ton construction platform, suspended underneath the restaurant level, will take three to four weeks to lower to the ground.

The Needle’s observation deck remains open during construction. By mid-June, both levels — including the world’s first rotating glass floor — will be fully open.

The opening will conclude the first phase of a multi-year effort. The next phases include repainting the structure, which will begin this summer, and updating the elevators, which will happen over the next few years.

Hoffman Construction is the general contractor.

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