RENO, Nev. (MyNew4.com & KRNV) -- Will Nevada become the new site of Tesla's 5 billion dollar gigafactory? We'll probably have to wait several weeks for that answer, but we have some insight from the landowner of the Northern Nevada site.
Last week Tesla confirmed they broke ground near Reno as a possible location for the factory. The groundwork is taking place at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
Director Lance Gilman was on Nevada Newsmakers Thursday and said if Tesla wanted to, they could have poured concrete at the site within the last ten days. “They are kind of at a break point and as I just mentioned the building is looking now more like 6 million feet than 5, and so they're going through some planning stages within their company."
Gilman said the current pad for the Tesla site would make it one of the largest buildings in the United States. He said work is ongoing at the Gigafactory, despite talk that it may have stopped. “In 3 and half weeks they moved over three million cubic yards of material and created this pad, so now the work that’s on going looks miniscule."
Gilman said the development agreement that Storey County formulated is the magic behind getting companies out here. “(Tesla asked) How fast can we move, and so we all laughed and said, well do you have a shovel in the trunk, we’ll take you out on the site and here is your grading permit."
Gilman said even prior to the Tesla announcement, industrial development in Northern Nevada became active about 3 three months ago, but he said he believes business will boom even more now. He adds in the last two weeks the Industrial Center has escrowed 9 transactions. “Dean and I can see 10 million square feet of construction by the end of this year in the park and something in the neighborhood of 10,000 new jobs.”
As to where Tesla will go, Gilman said negotiations are still ongoing among other states. But he said Nevada has bragging rights because no other states are working on a site at this time.