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It looks as though Apple's "spaceship campus" is all but ready to take off. As MacRumors reports, today the Cupertino City Council approved the massive project with a unanimous vote after more than six hours of debate and expressions of support. It's been a long time coming, and Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about the announcement in celebration, calling the new facility "our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come."
Things could still change, though. Concerned parties still have 10 calendar days to file a petition for reconsideration. If that doesn't happen, though, Apple could start demolishing the old HP facility that currently occupies the space, as well as initiate the construction of a sound wall and new utility arrangements. Beyond that, Apple needs only wait for a sound council meeting on November 19, after which the project should steam ahead as planned.
It'll be quite the doozy when it goes up, as you might recall from last week's unveiling of the scale model. The main circular building will occupy 2.8 million square feet, along with an 120,000-square foot auditorium, an underground parking facility for 2,400 vehicles (along with another above ground for 6,000), as well as a 100,000-square foot fitness center.
And that's only the beginning. Later construction would result in 600,000 square feet's worth of additional research and development buildings, to say nothing of the monumental work planned for landscaping and energy generation facilities.
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