Tesla on Veterans Blvd. gets planning commission nod

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The Redwood City Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended that City Council approve Tesla’s bid to build a sales and service center at the space at 515 Veterans Blvd., which once housed a gym and restaurant.

In a 4-0 vote, the Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning amendment, conditional use permit and architectural permit for the Tesla project, which would feature a 4,941 square foot show room and 15,257 square foot service area.

A company representative said Tesla wants to increase sales and service presence in Redwood City, which is centrally located on the Peninsula and can potentially draw customers anywhere from Santa Clara to San Francisco. Its service center will be exclusively used for Tesla’s electric vehicles and will provide charging, software updates and routine maintenance.

Redwood City staff says a zoning change for the Tesla site would remain “fully consistent with the general plan for this location.”

Tesla plans to revitalize the streetscape along Veterans Boulevard by widening sidewalks and adding trees and lighting.