San Luis Obispo city leaders move forward with Tesla car dealership proposal
The San Luis Obispo Architectural Review Board has moved forward with Tesla’s proposal to build a car dealership in the city.
The 30,986 square foot car dealership would be located on Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo, where several other car dealerships already exist.
The new concession is offered by Rich Development Company, a Santa Ana-based real estate developer. It would sit on 2.84 acres facing the 101 freeway near the new Courtyard Marriott hotel.
The dealership would have a modern design, with metal signage, glass storefronts and gray and white paint accents.
One of the concerns raised by the committee at the meeting was Tesla’s modern design. They said it didn’t fit the community design of San Luis Obispo because the town seems to have more character for the buildings.
The developer’s representative, Tab Johnson, proposed adding different colors to the sides of the building to create the “ideal look” the city is looking for. The commission proposes to the developers to rework the texture, the material or the color and the windows.
The closest Tesla dealerships are in Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, allowing for a closer and more convenient location for local Tesla owners.
Johnson pointed out that the dealership would only have about three cars on display for buyers to view. “Tesla doesn’t normally keep large numbers of show vehicles because most purchases are made online and delivered to the store,” Johnson said.
The parking lot would not look like a normal automotive mall, but the parking lot will be reserved for customers who need work on their vehicles.
CRA moved forward with the project proposal, including recommending an 8ft high fence around the property compared to the normal 6ft fence due to security concerns raised by the developer.