The plans received initial approval from the Hawthorne City Council. The Boring Company recently purchased a parcel of land close to SpaceX Headquarters, on 120th St. near Prairie Avenue. Now, the small residence in an industrial neighborhood could house a private, prototype garage, according to The Beach Reporter. Elon Musk's young tunneling company was granted approval from the Hawthorne City Council today to build a shaft on the property. The shaft would go down to a tunnel that The Boring Company had built as a sort of tunneling laboratory. The shaft would one day house an elevator that could lower a car down into the tunnel without leaving the garage. Although The Boring Company still needs to provide more detailed plans to the city of Hawthorne before it can start building, the initial plans suggest that the company is looking to test different ways that its tunnels could be accessed (and perhaps paid for). In August, the company proposed a one-way, 3.6 mile tunnel from an LA Metro station to an as-yet-to-be-determined station at Dodger Stadium. The tunnel would exist as a prototype, delivering only 1,400 to 2,800 people one-way to a stadium that holds roughly 56,000But the Boring prototype, if it comes to fruition, would be an important step stone for the company. It also has approval for a much-bigger, more-important project: a full, two-way express line from Chicago's O'Hare airport to downtown. The Boring Company has tried to move quickly amid the morass of regulations that come with tunneling under densely inhabited cities. Part of that strategy has required compromise with state and local officials. The Beach Reporter notes that, as part of The Boring Company's approval from Hawthorne today, "the company agreed not to open the test elevator to the public or to have cars move in and out of the garage from the street. Cars would enter the tunnel from the SpaceX campus, move through the tunnel and on to the garage and then back to SpaceX, so the test process would not create additional traffic on the street." So, it's unlikely that anyone will see cars coming in or out of the garage on their way down to the main tunnel. Interestingly, however: The Boring Company says it does plan to rent out the property it purchased. The company asserts that it can dig tunnels more quickly and efficiently than has been the case in other tunnel projects, in part because of the tunnel design. Vehicles in the tunnel would be transported on electric skates. Without internal combustion engines chugging away, tunnels would be smaller, as ventilation is less of an issue. An autonomous electric skate would also, theoretically at least, reduce accidents and traffic within the tunnel. On Wednesday, the Hawthorne City Council also approved a short addition to The Boring Company's existing test tunnel in Hawthorne. This short addition will go from the tunnel to a separate piece of property that the company recently purchased, so the company can extricate its tunneling machine. It's a common practice in the tunnel-drilling industry to simply leave expensive tunnel cutting heads buried in the ground after the drilling job is done, because it's cheaper than retrieving them. The Beach Reporter writes that The Boring Company says it has notified more than 100 residents of its plans to tunnel, assuring them that noise will be minimal.
Elon Musks Boring Company continues to gain validation from city governments. In June, the company was selected to build a multibillion-dollar rapid transit link between downtown Chicago to OHare International Airport, and just this week, it got approval from the Hawthorne City Council in California to start building a prototype garage that would transport cars to an underground hyperloop. The garage will be built on a private residence near SpaceXs headquarters, which will be rented by the company. The Mercury News reports that, as part of the conditions of the approval, the test elevator will be closed to the public, and no cars will be able to move from the garage to the street in order to keep the project from impacting traffic. Instead, cars must start at SpaceX HQ and stay in the one-mile stretch of tunnel between the residence garage and the company. A sketch of the prototype, seen above, shows an elevator shaft that would lower cars into the tunnel that connects to the hyperloop. More than 100 residents have been notified of the project and assured that the noise would be minimal, but its to be seen how quiet drilling tunnels will actually be. In addition to confirming the news, Elon Musk tweeted today that the first Boring Brick store will be opening in about two months. The bricks, made from the dirt thats excavated from the tunneling projects, will cost 10 cents each, or theyll be free if used for affordable housing projects, Musk said. The store will also be shaped like a medieval watchtower, so uh, look out for that. Bricks will be free if used for affordable housing projectsAbout to finish first TBC HQ building made with Boring Bricks in the shape of a medieval watchtower