Santa Monica Tesla Supercharger could get zoning approval tonight

The story that is the Santa Monica Tesla Supercharger has at least one more chapter in it. Tesla thought they had what they needed from city council when they approved their conditional use permit in early March.

Just a week later council backtracked, deciding to include the site at 1401 and 1421-1425 Santa Monica Boulevard in an Emergency Interim Zoning Ordinance.

In order to promote residential construction, the ordinance prohibited non-residential development for a period of between 45 days and two years.

The end may be in sight though. At a city council meeting Tuesday night, members could approve a change to the interim zoning ordinance that will allow the construction of the 62-stall Supercharger station.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk even got to put his two cents in, pre-emptively thanking city council in a tweet last week. Even though the proposed plans did not include it, Musk said the station will hopefully feature a 50’s style diner and movies.

The Supercharger station isn’t the only project for Tesla in Santa Monica. They will soon be adding a massive 82,000 square foot Service Center at at 1100 Colorado Avenue

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