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TESLA’S EXTRA ACREAGE SIGNALS END OF DOWNEY STUDIOS

BY ERIC PIERCE / DOWNEY PATRIOT:

DOWNEY – If Tesla Motors can reach agreement on a lease deal, the electric vehicle manufacturer plans to lease 51 acres at the former NASA property, “more than likely” spelling the end of Downey Studios, according to a city of Downey staff report.

The Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved an application submitted by Industrial Realty Group seeking to subdivide the land in order to accommodate Tesla’s much-publicized manufacturing and assembly plant.

IRG owns about 57 acres of the 77-acre property. The city of Downey owns the remaining 20 acres and leases it to IRG.

Tesla would use 51 acres (or about 2.2 million square feet), including 46.45 acres on IRG-controlled land, according to a staff report. It will occupy Buildings 1, 6 and 290, which were used by NASA until Boeing closed the site in 1998.

The buildings were placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 2001 and any alterations to the structures must adhere to an agreement previously reached between the city and NASA “designed to mitigate impacts on historic resources at the site.”

Thomas Messmer, a vice president with IRG, told the Planning Commisson on Wednesday that negotiations on a lease with Tesla “are ongoing.”

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