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Dublin OKs conditional-use request for Tesla Motors facility

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Dublin could soon host the state's first Tesla Motors facility.

The Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission last week unanimously approved a conditional use to locate a two-car electric vehicle service and repair facility at 4140 Tuller Road.

The 2,871-square-foot facility is in the Bridge Street corridor office residential district and allows vehicle service and repair because it was allowed in previous community commercial zoning at the site.

Tesla Motors is a California-based designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles.

According to its website, the company also makes electric vehicle "components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler."

The company currently makes three different electric vehicle models, a roadster, a sport utility vehicle and a sedan.

More than 2,400 Roadsters have been sold worldwide and deliveries of the sedan began this fall. Deliveries of the SUV are expected in 2014.

Matt Farrell, North American Service Manager for the company, said the service location should be open by spring 2013.

"It's should be no later than March 2013," he said. "Hopefully sooner."

A Dublin service location would be the first Tesla facility in the state and Farrell said it provides a good central Ohio base.

"We were looking for some place up and coming between Chicago and New York," he said. "Columbus and Dublin are very up and coming. It made sense."

The company currently has 31 locations worldwide, with more expected. Currently the closest service centers are located in Chicago, the Washington D.C. area and Toronto, Canada.

The service station will be the smallest for Tesla, the application said, but is needed because "... Tesla is selling cars in the Columbus, Ohio area and we need to be able to service our vehicles."

Work such as ventilation and oil storage for service facilities that work on combustion-engine vehicles will not be necessary for the Tesla facility.

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