San Jose signs off on massive new Apple development, company's plans still nebulous

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The San Jose city council has reportedly approved a development agreement allowing Apple to build up to 4.15 million square feet of space in the north of the city, even though the company itself hasn't yet decided what its interests are.




Apple has up to 15 years to work on a designated site spanning 86 acres, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The vote to approve the agreement was unanimous.

"We're thrilled to have thousands of your [Apple] employees in San Jose, hopefully shortening the commute for many," said San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo, noting that the city has been angling for such a deal for years.

Apple's senior director of real estate and development, Kristina Raspe, admitted that the company isn't sure what it wants to do.

"The opportunity to purchase this site came very quickly to Apple," she told one councilman. "It was something we jumped on without a firm plan. We're still studying the site to determine the best use for us. At this point, it looks like it will be office and R&D."

If fully developed the space could dwarf even Apple's Campus 2 project in Cupertino, and support as many as 16,000 workers, though that figure could easily change depending on how room-intensive Apple's plans are. Research, for instance, can involve fewer people per square foot owing to the need for things like lab space.
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  • Reply 1 of 13
    That looks just about good enough to test unmanned vehicles
    caflashbob
  • Reply 2 of 13
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,509member
    Let's dismiss this with a few current anti-Apple shaming terms, not to say clichés:

    Since Apple is clearly a one-trick pony, this whole secrecy thing of theirs is a bit disingenuous. We've reached peak Apple, and without their visionary leader, the new narrative about servicing the installed base of a billion users just strikes everyone as a case of desperate too little, too late. 

    /s


    nolamacguycornchiptdknoxwonkothesane
  • Reply 3 of 13
    boeyc15boeyc15 Posts: 986member

    Don't I see a sign that says--

    Coming soon--

    Home of the new Apple iCar mega factory. 

    /s

    caflashbobclock07cornchip
  • Reply 4 of 13
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    clearly theyre just going to make more iPhones. Tim Cook lacks vision. why dont they squash these rumors?

    /s
    edited January 2016 tdknox
  • Reply 5 of 13
    lukeilukei Posts: 332member
    Where is Cook speaking out about this rumour? Where is sog35 to guide the board of this company?

    nolamacguycornchipflaneurRayz2016
  • Reply 6 of 13
    That looks just about good enough to test unmanned vehicles
    The building to the left of the rendered image is just about finished now, and it looks like generic office space to be honest.

    It's not that big of a site to be honest, certainly where you compare to where Tesla do their testing.
  • Reply 7 of 13
    That looks just about good enough to test unmanned vehicles
    Both driven and flown.
  • Reply 8 of 13

    clearly theyre just going to make more iPhones. Tim Cook lacks vision. why dont they squash these rumors?

    /s
    It's because of the lack of vision that they fail to squash the rumors.  /s
    nolamacguy
  • Reply 9 of 13
    steviestevie Posts: 956member

    Maybe Apple will start  making private jets or custom yachts.  
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 10 of 13
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,289member
    Peak Apple

    (/s)
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 11 of 13
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,527member
    anyone figure out what is written on the roof of that proposed building. It could just be some stock artwork since Apple did not say specifically what they plan to do.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    ksecksec Posts: 1,554member
    Can someone enlightened me why has Apple enlarged their OpeX and simply not use their Capx for these property development?
  • Reply 13 of 13
    House for employees! It's upto you to make it an Home.
    edited January 2016
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