Tesla Giga Texas has applied for a 174,979-square-foot “grounding and complete interior fit-out of the plant” project with a reported $58 million project cost.
According to public documents, Tesla plans to further gain a foothold along the State Highway 130 corridor near Austin with the addition of infrastructure at its Giga Texas. Construction on the new project at 1 Tesla Road is expected to begin next week, according to a December 20 filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, according to the Austin Business Journal. The plans filed with the city of Austin also indicate that Tesla is eyeing development of its land west of SH-130, including the construction of a wastewater interceptor.
These documents show that Tesla is laying the groundwork for a further expansion of Giga Texas just as Elon Musk planned. According to unconfirmed reports, the factory already employs about 10,000 people. However, this number is only a part of the total of those whom will ultimately be employed by Tesla there. In December 2021, Musk announced that Tesla would invest in the factory more than $10 billion and would provide at least 20,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs.
The Austin Business Journal notes that the information in TDLR files is not always accurate and may change during development. However, this application indicates that the company will do “ground up and complete interior finish out of the manufacturing facility.” The application lists a construction start date as December 27, with an estimated completion date of March 13. The project covers an area of 174,979 square feet and costs $58 million. The project designer string says “Giga Texas.”
In late October, Tesla submitted to the city of Austin a plan for the location of the logistics site and associated parking lots at 11901 1/2 Tesla Road, west of the SH-130 toll road. According to the plan, the so-called West Support Facility will be built on a site of just under 239 acres.
The final proposed project from Tesla is for the construction of a wastewater interceptor at 2205 1/2 S. SH-130, according to a December 19 site plan application. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a wastewater interceptor is the main sewer line that receives wastewater streams from wastewater collectors and transports them to a wastewater treatment plant.
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