Luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors took a crucial step yesterday (Wednesday) toward securing its first service and delivery center in the DC area.
The company is looking to open a location in the basement of the former Macy’s at Tysons Galleria, converting the store doors and interior space to allow vehicles to circulate inside for maintenance.
Fairfax County Planning Commission voted Wednesday (20 Oct) recommend to the Supervisory Board to approve the special exception proposal, which would give Lucid Motors five service bays and two vehicle display areas. A delivery service would also take place.
Outside, 10 electric vehicle charging stations would be available to customers and the public in a nearby parking lot, bringing the mall to 22 stations.
“Like Tesla and other companies, this will be a big step forward in helping to further improve the environment and provide customers and residents in the region with an alternative choice to the internal combustion engine,” said Bernie Suchicital, a land use planner at the Walsh law firm. , Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh.
The firm represents plaintiff Tysons Galleria Anchor Acquisition LLC, which is related to Brookfield Properties, the real estate company that took over the mall in 2018.
“The architecture will be contemporary in style, in keeping with the rest of the building, and will include a glass storefront at the corner of the building as it heads towards International Drive,” a staff report from Oct. 7 said.
A public hearing of the Supervisory Board on the request was scheduled for November 9.
Lucid Motors plans to operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no on-site vehicle sales, depending on the county. The cheapest vehicle of the company starts at around $ 70,000 when a tax credit is applied, according to TechCrunch.
County staff recommend that the location also be prohibited from offering rentals.
Walsh Colucci Senior Land Use Planner Elizabeth Baker said in a letter dated Aug. 13 that the location will allow customers to set up and experience a new Lucid vehicle virtually as well as in person.
The company would also have 40 parking spaces in the mall to store new and maintained vehicles.
The planned service center is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Tysons Galleria from its former Macy’s store. Next to the proposed location, Bowlero opened earlier this month on the ground floor.
Lucid Motors is also working to open a studio this year at nearby Tysons Corner Center, which has asked Fairfax County to allow the sale of vehicles for up to eight companies in its parking lots.