By CBSLA Staff

WEST COVINA (CBSLA) – The West Covina City Council Tuesday night approved a controversial proposal for a new Amazon distribution center.

Community members attend a West Covina City Council meeting where the council approved the construction of a new Amazon distribution facility. Oct. 19, 2021. (CBSLA)

By a 4-1 vote in front of a large crowd, the city council approved the proposal to build a 180,000-square-foot facility that will operate 24 hours a day. It will be located in the 1200 block of East Badillo Street.

Amazon’s developer has agreed to pay the city $4 million in purported community benefits over the next 20 years.

Those against the facility said it will create a slew of low-wage, back-breaking jobs and will hurt small businesses in the area.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vote.