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Supercharger - Ocala, FL

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  1. airj1012

    airj1012 Active Member

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    Received word this morning that Superchargers will be located at Market Street at Heath Brook (4414 SW College Road Ocala, FL 34474). It appears that the plans were submitted electronically and approved yesterday however permits have not been issued for construction thus far. Hopefully things move along quickly here as well.
     
  2. KeithM

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    The Paddock Mall would probably have been a better choice as there are more nearby restaurants, plus the mall is indoor, air conditioned with a food court and several major anchor stores.

    The Heath Brook Market Street location is fine, but in my opinion, not as desirable as the Paddock Mall location. It is an outdoor mall that opened right at the bottom of the downturn in 2008 and has never recovered. Most of the shops and offices have never been occupied. Many of the streets show poor maintenance with lots of pot holes and other paving problems. On the bright side, there is a "Mimi's" restaurant which is excellent and a Panera bread shop. Other stores include Dillard's, Barnes & Nobles, Jos. A Bank. Orvis, Dick's & DSW shoes plus a few others. It's close to I-75 and should work well.

    I'm local, so will provide pictures as construction takes place.
     
  3. Larry Chanin

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    #3 Larry Chanin, Aug 7, 2014
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    Thanks for the information.

    Larry

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    Hi Keith,

    Market Street at Heath Brook

    Let's hope they locate the Supercharger Station not too far from Mimi's. :biggrin:

    Larry
     
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    Interesting. My relatively frequent drives down 75 and occasional stops at exit 350 led me to wonder/think that it might be located just west of 75 in this area, since it is closer to 75 than Paddock Mall that others were talking about. But I've never gone west when exiting, so I am concerned slightly about food options. Whenever I need food around there, I go to the amazing Amrit Palace for phenomenal Indian food. It is located roughly ½ mile east of 75, just past the light and on the north side of College Rd. It is about 1.1 miles (walk??) from the Supercharger, tho. --Alex
     
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    For those that want to track the permitting process here are instructions on how to find it online.

    Here is the Ocala permit online (don't use Chrome) - Growth Management
    - Go to "Permits" and search for "BLD14-0964". On the main page it doesn't say that the permit has been issued. However when you double click on that row you can see the Approved Date of 8/6/2014. Not really sure...
     
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    This one is probably the most important of them all to me. It seems like it would be a REALLY close call to get from Port St Lucie to Gainesville (approx. 223 miles), and even if you did make it you'd be almost empty with no supercharger to fill you up quickly. I'm planning my route to Gainesville from Miami for Gator football season and have three options:
    (1) Miami - PSL - Gainesville
    (2) Miami - PSL - Port Orange - Gville
    (3) Miami - PSL - St. Augustine - Gville (this one will take the longest period of time, but will leave me with a nice buffer when I arrive in Gville to get back to a Supercharger afterwards)

    I'd prefer option #1 but I'm leaning towards #3 because I'm worried about the range issue.
     
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    You will have no problem with #2. I did it to visit my in laws in Ocala and it really was not much out of the way. You can take 40 across and there is a jump off before you get to metro Ocala to go north to Gvill either on 301 or out to I75 No problem and I have a 60
     
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    #8 Larry Chanin, Aug 20, 2014
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    It's an Applied Date of August 6th, not an Approval Date. It appears to be still under review.

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    The most recent notation says:


    "(8/6/2014 11:30:13 AM LB) PLEASE PROVIDE TWO SETS OF SIGNED AND SEALED EPLANS FOR PERMITTING. WE WILL NEED A FILED NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT. CONTRACTOR TO BE DETERMINED; MAY NEED TO REGISTER WITH THE CITY OF OCALA. BUILDING PERMIT FEE IS $698.25".

    So as of August 6th there was no approved permit.

    On August 13th a club member visited the site and no construction had started.

    In further review of the accompanying documents, today, August 20th, Southeast Power Corporation, an electrical contractor, submitted documents serving as authorization to obtain permits for the "Car Charging Station".

    View attachment Ocala Supercharger permit request.pdf

    Larry
     
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    The Development Coordinator of the city gave me "BLD14-0964". This is what I see.

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    Applied date: 7/28/2014
    Approved date: 8/6/2014
     
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    #11 Larry Chanin, Aug 21, 2014
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    Please follow the links to the referenced documents.

    The notice of commencement was on August 11. Our club member was there August 13 and no work had started.

    The electrical contractor didn't authorize permitting until yesterday. (4th link down)

    Permits were paid today, August 21th.

    On-line system updated to show Issued Date today, August 21th.

    Here's a copy of the Permit Form and Notice of Commencement Affidavit signed today August 21st by the electrical contractor.
    View attachment Ocala permit and commencement.pdf

    Larry
     
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    How exciting! I went by the location today just because I wanted an excuse to drive my car. Nothing happening yet, not even stringers, or stakes. But as fast as the Lake City charger went in, I'm excited to have one close to me.
     
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    Construction has begun! There were workers actively working on the site this morning. I will post an overhead view of the exact location later today or tomorrow. Its in the small out parcel between Mimi's Cafe and SR 200. I can post updates & photos as construction progresses since I live in Ocala.
     
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    Hi Bryan,

    Welcome to the forums and thanks for the update.

    Larry
     
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    Here is an aerial view of the location.

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    #16 KeithM, Aug 24, 2014
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    Just checked progress on the Ocala SC. The contractor seems to be doing an amazing job. It was 101 degrees per the Tesla thermometer and the crew was hard at work. The project just started on Friday, and after two days of work, the trenches have been dug, the formers for the pedestal support stanchions seem to be ready and the PVC for the wiring is in the process of being installed. While I was there, the 480 volt distribution switches arrived. Assuming the electric company can get 480 volts to a transformer, this could be a very quick installation. Since I pass by the site often, I'll provide updates.
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    The Google earth photo above makes it look like that might be a simi-favorable parking spot (only 2 vacant spots on the day the photo was taken). In light of that I would expect that we might have some ICEing eventually
     
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    Thanks for the update.
     
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    Progress continues. As of this afternoon, all the Tesla equipment appears to be on site. No sign of a power transformer or any primary feed yet.

    As there is limited close in restaurant parking, I predict this site will have serious icing issues during busy meal times.
     

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    #20 KeithM, Aug 30, 2014
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    The crew was setting the first charging pedestal today. The pads for the switches and rectifiers are separated as illustrated by the red arrows in the picture. There's even a tree growing between them. I've not seen any other SC's where all the equipment was not installed on a single pad. There is no sign of a transformer yet. The yellow arrow points to PVC for wiring that may eventually be for the transformer. I'm sure those who are more familiar with the SC power systems may have some comments as to why things are set up in this unusual manor.

    The link below is to a 360 degree pano of the area in case you're interested in seeing what's nearby. Use the buttons at the bottom to go full screen and your cursor to drag in any direction. Works sort of like Street View.

    http://tinyurl.com/k7ardq3





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