The impending activation of Tesla Gigafactory Berlin will require a rapid expansion of housing initiatives in the area, according to a recent government report. The report, which also warns of potential housing shortages if not enough residential areas are established quickly, was presented this Tuesday at Potsdam.
The 214-page report was created by the joint state planning department of Berlin and Brandenburg in coordination with 22 municipalities, districts, and the Berlin area of Treptow-Köpenick. Considering that the Giga Berlin facility is expected to start the first phase of its operations sometime this year, housing projects must be developed rapidly, especially in this year and the next.
“In the immediate vicinity of the Tesla plant, an increased demand for living space is to be expected, which cannot be covered with the available potential. It becomes clear: the first housing offers must be developed quickly, especially in 2021 and 2022,” the report noted.
As noted in a report from Handelsblatt, expectations are high that Tesla could employ about 6,500 workers for the facility’s initial activation later this year, with the site’s headcount growing to 12,000 workers upon Giga Berlin’s first expansion phase. Once completed, reports have suggested that Tesla could employ as many as 40,000 people in Grünheide.