The Wall Street Journal says that Elon Musk is working on building a town called Snailbrook for Tesla, Boring, and SpaceX employees to live in. Austin, Texas, would be about 35 miles away from the proposed town.
The publication was able to obtain documents that reveal plans to build 110 homes in Bastrop County near SpaceX and Boring facilities. According to the report, Boring employees were encouraged to apply for housing last year, with rents anticipated to start at approximately $800 per month for a house with two or three bedrooms.
However, employees would become even more dependent on Musk if they lived in Snailbrook. His businesses would also pay him rent in addition to paying him wages. The report says that they would have to leave the property within 30 days if they were fired from Boring or left the company Elon Musk is building a town where his employees will live.
Given that Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory is only a half-hour drive from Bastrop, the proposal also includes the possibility that employees from Musk’s other businesses can apply for Snailbrook accommodations.
The town’s plans include the possibility of incorporation and the conversion of a residence into a Montessori school that can accommodate up to 15 students. The latter would grant Musk the authority to establish specific community rules, necessitating an election for mayor.
Records indicate that Musk-related individuals have recently acquired over 3,500 acres of land in the Austin region.
According to the WSJ, Musk, his architectural designer, his former partner Grimes, and Ye (also known as Kanye West) discussed the proposed town on multiple occasions last year, but nothing conclusive came out of those discussions.
In the meantime, locals have expressed concerns regarding the initiatives’ potential impact on the environment. According to the Journal, Boring has submitted a permit application to discharge up to 140,000 gallons of industrial wastewater daily into the Colorado River.
Additionally, there are concerns regarding the potential effects of the testing of Boring’s tunneling equipment on wells and groundwater.