Tesla electric car showroom in Mishawaka appears to be dead

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 west, while the developer was to make improvements to lighting, the parking lot and landscaping.