Tesla plans another industrial facility near gigafactory, records show

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By Kathryn Hardison  –  Staff Writer, Austin Business Journal

Documents recently filed with the city of Austin indicate Tesla Inc. plans another facility on its land in eastern Travis County.

There aren’t too many details about what the facility would be used for, and project representatives either declined to comment or could not be reached by publication time. But a site plan filed April 30 for Tesla’s “Bobcat Project” points to another industrial building rising off Harold Green Road near the company’s $1.1 billion gigafactory.

It is not surprising that the company is planning another project in the area. Tesla’s Colorado River Project LLC has purchased more than 2,500 acres in the city of Austin extraterritorial jurisdiction, leaving many to wonder what could be planned on the massive site. Though the city did not have very many details, Bobcat Project showcases another step in Tesla’s (Nasdaq: TSLA) development plans.

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It is unclear exactly where the new facility would be located. It could sit on up to 150 acres, although a 65% impervious cover limit in the Austin ETJ means development could be at most about 97 acres. That would include the facility, driveways, sidewalks, roadways and parking lots, among other factors.

A Tesla employee listed on city documents declined to comment for this article. Michael Loftis of engineering firm Kimley-Horn, also mentioned in the documents, could not be immediately reached for comment. Austin Business Journal has attempted to contact Tesla officials in recent weeks but has been unsuccessful.

May 4 drone video posted to YouTube, starting at the 24-minute mark, shows land east of the gigafactory that could be where Tesla is planning the new industrial building. The site appears to be largely cleared and looks as if construction crews have been active. There’s a pond in the center of the site, which would have to be filled prior to development. Austin Business Journal Article…


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