Tesla, the electric vehicle giant, is seeking permission to construct a dealership and service center in south London. This proposed dealership, located at 3234-3274 Wonderland Road South at the southeast corner with Bradley Avenue, would be one of the largest in Canada and would cater to customers across southwestern Ontario. However, some city councillors have raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project.
During a meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee (PEC), several councillors expressed their desire for Tesla to incorporate more environmentally progressive design elements into the dealership. Currently, the application is requesting 504 parking spots, which some councillors believe contradicts the environmentally friendly nature of electric vehicles.
Coun. Skylar Franke emphasized the need for Tesla’s dealership to align with green parking lot standards being developed by the city. She highlighted the importance of incorporating low impact elements such as bio-swales with trees and plants, as well as solar charging roofs similar to those seen in the West 5 neighborhood.
Despite these concerns, the PEC members recommended approving the zoning amendment to allow for the construction of the Tesla dealership. However, they also signaled their desire to see changes in the size and design of the parking area.
The city council will make a final decision regarding the Tesla dealership on Tuesday, September 26. If approved, construction would begin in the spring of next year, with the dealership expected to open its doors to customers in 2025.
In summary, Tesla is seeking permission to build a large dealership and service center in south London. While some city councillors have raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project, the Planning and Environment Committee has recommended approving it with potential modifications. The final decision will be made by the city council on September 26.
– Planning and Environment Committee
– CTV News