Tesla planning new Service Center for Burnaby, British Columbia

Tesla is planning to open a fourth retail location in the lower mainland of British Columbia, this time just outside of Vancouver in Burnaby.

According to a rezoning application filed with the City of Burnaby in April, T.i. Studios Architecture is proposing to rezone and redevelop 2505 Eastbrook Parkway for a new Tesla Sales, Service, and Delivery Center. (via TMC)

The application proposes to maintain the current Comprehensive Development zoning, but change the lot from M5 to M1 guidelines.

This would allow for “an automobile sales lot combined with automotive repair shops, including body repair and painting and car washing establishment for Tesla car dealership.”

The document further explains what Tesla is specifically looking to do with the property.

“The existing building will be modified to include a vehicle showroom, service bays for maintenance of vehicles, and the site may be modified to allow for customer parking and the display of vehicles on the parcel.”

There is also mention of “charging infrastructure,” hinting at the possibility the site may also be a future Supercharger location.

According to a review of property records by Drive Tesla, the site is 2.18 acres in size. The current building is approximately 35,000 square feet and was built in 1977.

Based on its age and its current configuration of individual office/retail units with warehouse space, the site will require significant renovations before Tesla can move in.

burnaby Credit: Google Maps

Given the fact that the property has yet to be officially rezoned, there is still the possibility this deal may fall through.

If it does get rezoned, given the extensive amount of work required, a Tesla Service Center in Burnaby likely won’t open until late 2022.

If and when it does, this will be Tesla’s fourth location in the lower mainland. Two new locations opened earlier this year in Richmond and Surrey, adding to the existing locations in Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Another location is also in the works for Kelowna next year.

burnaby map Credit: Google Maps

You can read the full rezoning application below.

Rezoning Reference #21-17 Initial Report 2021.06.14
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