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Tesla plugs into Port Coquitlam with new dealership, service hub

PORT COQUITLAM — City council has formally approved a Tesla dealership plan land-use change for the 7.53-acre site in the Dominion Triangle.

A massive Tesla dealership and service centre are coming to the north side of Port Coquitlam.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, city council formally approved the Official Community Plan land-use change for a 7.53-acre site in the Dominion Triangle, close to Home Depot.

According to a report from Bruce Irvine, PoCo’s director of planning and development, Bosa Properties plans to develop the vacant site with a commercial building north of Nicola Avenue, as well as a regional sales, storage and distribution centre for Tesla vehicles and parts on its parcel south of Nicola Avenue.

Bosa’s northern site would have an 11,000 sq. ft. building while the southern portion would have a structure measuring 60,000 sq. ft. with about 650 parking spots.

Both locations would have restricted access, Irvine wrote in his report to council.

And the deal would include significant upgrades to Nicola Avenue to bring it to a collector road standard with curbs, gutters, drainage, sidewalks, street trees and lights, plus improvements to the watermain, storm and sanitary sewers and new fire hydrants.

Council unanimously voted for the plan with little comment (Mayor Brad West and Coun. Dean Washington were absent from the meeting); however, in a past meeting, councillors noted the lack of electric vehicle charging stations on site.

Still, Coun. Glenn Pollock said the centre will provide 80 "good-paying" jobs and will be a "service to residents who have Teslas and need them serviced."

Vehicles will arrive from the U.S. and Shanghai for delivery to Tesla dealerships, according to Bosa, while about 50 cars a day would be serviced at the PoCo facility.