Singpoli plans West Covina amusement park

Singpoli plans West Covina amusement park

West Covina could be the site of Southern California’s next amusement park. The city Tuesday entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Singpoli Group, LLC in anticipation of a development at the former BKK site.

The West Covina City Council entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Singpoli Group, LLC that could result in development of a world-class amusement park at the site of the former BKK landfill.

The project could be completed with in a few years, said Kin Hui, President and Chief Executive Officer of Singpoli Group. The landfill has been closed since September 1996.

“I believe when this beautiful park is completed it will attract tourists from all over the Americas and Asia and other parts of the world,” Hui said. “This will give West Covina a prominent place on the world map.”

As many as 200 acres of the now vacant land east of South Azusa Avenue in West Covina could be transformed into a world-renown facility, city officials said. An investment group, led by Singpoli, includes Lan Kwai Fong Group, of Hong Kong.

“Singpoli came in with a vision: To put West Covina on the map,” City Manager Chris Freeland said.

LFK Group has experience in the amusement arena. Its executives helped turn Ocean Park in Hong Kong into an award-winning amusement park that was recognized as a World’s Top Theme Park, city officials said. LFK has also developed Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu and the Shanghai DreamCenter.

Singpoli, an Arcadia-based developer, now has 90 days to present a concept and site plan. City Council can then extend the agreement for another 90 days, during which a final site plan will be created.

The city will use proceeds from the purchase to pay off bond debt it incurred when it bought the property.

Singpoli is interested in developing a high-tech entertainment facility, according to Freeland.

Freeland said it’s too early to tell exactly what the amusement park will look like. Although residents can also expect hotel development opportunities and more dining options in the area, Singpoli has 90 days to deliver concrete plans.

— By Hugo Guzman, correspondent

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