Two developers who have made separate offers to buy the abandoned Six Flags amusement park site in New Orleans East are considering making a joint offer for the property.
Frank Scurlock, the owner of Scurlock Entertainment, said Tuesday that he's been talking with Henry Klein of 30/90 Development about teaming up to try to buy and redevelop the park.
“We are in communication ... and are exploring the possibility,” Scurlock said.
Klein confirmed that it was “highly likely" the two men would present a joint proposal to the Industrial Development Board, the public board that manages the city-owned site.
It's been 12 years since New Orleans' Six Flags last opened its gates, and a recent look ins…
The 15-member body is accepting purchase offers until March 14, ahead of a March 17 board meeting at which it plans to consider those proposals.
Scurlock has hired former Jefferson Parish President John Young to represent him before the board.
During a board meeting last month, he offered $4.5 million in cash for the property but then said he was pulling the offer after board members declined to consider it on the spot.
At the same meeting, Klein said he’d pay $5.5 million but conceded that he didn’t have all of the money available immediately.
A third developer, Tonya Pope, has said she would pay what an independent appraiser recently found the land to be worth, $3.26 million.
All three want to turn the property into some sort of amusement destination.
A new theme park plans to open along Alabama’s Gulf Coast this spring with a goal to replace…
But the IDB has been hesitant to sell the land to any of them, saying that their proposals lacked firm financial commitments or were submitted improperly.
And the idea of selling the land outright has only recently emerged as the favored option, after the board for years sought a firm that would lease the site and redevelop it.
If the board chooses him, Scurlock said he plans to open what he called the first phase of his project — essentially a preview of the rides that would eventually be open at the park — on Memorial Day weekend.
That preview would include smaller attractions that would be set up in a parking lot outside the abandoned park’s gates, as well as tram rides that would take visitors on a tour of the soon-to-be constructed park, he said.
The project would also incorporate Klein’s “big lawn” concept, an open space within the park that would be used as a concert venue similar to outdoor stages at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and other events.
By teaming up, the two men hope to attract more funding than either might on his own.
"We will both contribute what we said we had at the last meeting, plus more," Klein said.
Scurlock added that he reached out to Pope to try to get her on board as well but didn't hear back.
Pope said Tuesday that she's been out of town and that she didn't believe Scurlock's concept would work on the site.
Scurlock sees the project as the first step in a larger vision to revitalize New Orleans East. That plan also includes him bringing the assembly side of his family's bounce house business Space Walk, now located in China, back to the New Orleans area and to a separate location in the East, he said.
It is unclear how he would carry out such a plan. Scurlock is no longer involved in Space Walk or any of its subsidiaries, according to court records. The headquarters of the rental business, which has more than 200 locations across the country, remains in Kenner, and is owned solely by Patty Murphy, his ex-wife.
Mials Scurlock, Scurlock and Murphy's son and Spacewalk's director of branch operations, said Thursday that the company has no plans to cut ties with its manufacturing partners in China.
Three different developers presented offers Tuesday to buy the dilapidated Six Flags amuseme…
“I’ve assembled a package that I believe in and I’m willing to invest in,” Frank Scurlock said.
Editor's Note: This story was altered on March 9 to reflect the fact that Scurlock has no interests in Spacewalk and that the company has no plans to move its manufacturing to New Orleans East.