Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Approval Sought This Week, Cupertino Mayor Hopeful
The Apple spaceship-like campus’ fate will be determined beginning today when the company and city officials will hold a public discussion where political leaders and the public will share their point of view on the environmental impact study and will learn how the tech giant intends to address raised concerns, the Mercury News reports.
As Mayor Orrin Mahoney said, the Apple “spaceship” is second only to the One World Trade Center in New York City in terms of scope and size: the 2.8 million square feet building will have four stories and it is expected to house 14,200 employees.
“The good news is that the EIR appears to have been very comprehensive, with every impact listed along with what Apple is doing to mitigate those impacts,” Mayor Orrin Mahoney said Monday. “We’ve all received tons of emails about this project, and most have been positive. When I talk to neighbors and friends they say, ‘How come they haven’t started building it yet?'”
The plans need to get the planning commission’s approval as well, which will meet on Wednesday and the City Council as well. The latter will take an initial vote on October 15 and the final vote is scheduled for November 19. Both commissions are expected to give green light for the project.
A detailed model of the building will be unveiled to the public in the near future, showing how expansive and impressive the world-famous architect Sir Norman Foster’s strange looking creation really is. The impressive architecture will include three restaurants, totaling 120,000 square feet, fitness centers, a large testing and data center, and a corporate auditorium of 120,000 square feet.