Proposed EV dealership on North Burdick Street – Eagle News Online
CITY OF MANLIUS — An electric vehicle dealership is eyeing the former Fayetteville Dodge site on North Burdick Street.
Last week, Anthony Rojas of in-ARCHITECTS of Syracuse presented the Manlius City Planning Board with a site plan for the new concessionaire. According to plans, the two existing buildings on the site would be retained and refreshed with a new look and a 16,000 square foot extension would be added to the rear of the main building.
Rojas said the brand of the vehicle will remain private until plans are finalized. However, it’s unlikely to be Tesla or any of the other new EV companies that focus their business model on direct-to-consumer sales.
In New York state, new vehicles purchased locally must be sold through independent dealerships, rather than directly from the manufacturer, a model Tesla has long avoided. Tesla won an exclusion in 2014 allowing the company to establish five outlets in the downstate, but legislation that would allow Tesla to expand outlets in the upstate is in dead point.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe said last week that this legislation was going nowhere this session and suggested it is likely the proposed dealership on North Burdick Street would specialize in the sale and service of electric vehicles offered by a traditional car manufacturer.
The planning board will revisit the project at a public hearing scheduled for September 26. Initially, members of the planning board seemed to view the plans favorably.
“It is consistent with past usage and we are moving into a more modern era,” planning council chairman Joe Lupia said.