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Plan for electric car showroom in Mishawaka appears to be dead

The former JC Penney Home Store in Mishawaka is shown in November. The "high-end" electric vehicle car showroom that was supposed to locate here has pulled out of the deal, according to the developer.

The former JC Penney Home Store in Mishawaka is shown in November. The “high-end” electric vehicle car showroom that was supposed to locate here has pulled out of the deal, according to the developer.

MISHAWAKA — Plans for an “electric car company” showroom and automotive center — long-rumored to be Tesla — at the former JC Penney Home Store site at Grape and Cleveland roads appear to be dead.

Chris Sotos, representing Key Development Partners, the firm developing the project, confirmed on Tuesday the contract with the electric car company — which was never officially named — was terminated this past summer. He did not provide any other details.

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The car company, which was believed to be Tesla, had proposed leasing the 35,500-square-foot JC Penney building from Key Development, and razing the smaller building to the

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Tesla might be opening a showroom and service center in Mishawaka

With an undisclosed “high-end” electric car maker looking to open a showroom and service center in Mishawaka, some nearby residents think all the signs point to one company: Tesla.

The Mishawaka Plan Commission voted 4-3 this week in favor of a proposal by a Chicago-based developer to convert the former JC Penney Home Store, at Grape and Cleveland roads, into a 36,000-square-foot automotive facility.

Chris Sotos, a representative of Key Development Partners, told the commission his company has a contract to buy the site from its local owner and lease it to the auto company.

Sotos did not name the prospective tenant but described it as a “high-end electric automobile, solar power and renewable energy” company.

A rendering of a proposed electric car showroom and service center planned for Mishawaka.

When The Tribune asked whether that tenant would be Tesla, Mishawaka City Planner Ken Prince said the developer had not disclosed that information to the city.

But some aspects of the plan are consistent

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