Cupertino Gives Final Approval to Apple's "Spaceship" Campus

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 PM PDT
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The Cupertino City Council voted to give final approval Tuesday night to the massive, 176-acre Apple Campus 2 project nicknamed the

The Cupertino City Council voted to give final approval Tuesday night to the massive, 176-acre Apple Campus 2 project nicknamed the "Spaceship." Marianne Favro reports.

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The Cupertino City Council gave final approval Tuesday night to the massive, 176-acre Apple Campus 2 project nicknamed the "Spaceship."

The council's vote was the final approval and passed easily by a 4-0 vote with one abstention just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Spaceship nickname comes from a 2.8 million-square-foot, ring-shaped building of glass and steel as the project's centerpiece, which will be surrounded by 100 acres of green space and powered largely by solar and alternative energy.

Apple, under the project, will demolish the closed, 171-acre Hewlett-Packard campus that Apple acquired on property bounded by North Wolfe Road, Tantau Avenue, Calabazas Creek and Homestead Road.

Apple may also be in talks with Caltrans about paying to widen I-280 to accommodate freeway commuters, Kitson said. Among the city's top concerns are three left-turn lanes that would run from the campus entrance onto southbound North Wolfe Road.

The planning commission has already suggested several options for addressing that issue, including fining Apple $500 each time an employee made an unsafe lane change at that spot. 

Apple hopes to finish the project by 2015 or 2016.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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