Although no official application has yet been submitted, the City Council gave Tesla Motors the green light to open a new car dealership — “a gallery,” in the Tesla lingo — at the spot on Hitchcock Way now occupied by Don Hughes Volvo. As part of its plans, Tesla intends to enclose more than 9,000 square feet of open air space. For that enclosure to be exempt from City Hall’s calculations limiting the annualized amount of commercial growth, Tesla’s proposal needed to be designated a “community benefit.” The council approved this without comment.


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