updated 09:20 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009
Property rezoned for industrial
After an eight-month wait, Apple is now a step closer to developing a second campus in Cupertino, California. A planning commission has voted to rezone Apple's 7.78-acre property on Pruneridge Avenue. While originally an industrial site, the area was converted to residential by the city in 2006, preparing for a 130-unit townhouse and condominium project proposed by previous owners. The property is a part of nine separate areas purchased for the Pruneridge site, which would result in an approximately 50-acre campus, according to an announcement from CEO Steve Jobs on April 18th, 2006.
Apple representative Michael Foulkes states that the company does not currently have any firm plans for a campus, but simply wants the property rezoned in order to get a start on planning. "Right now, what we are trying to do is figure out what we have...from a planning perspective," he explains. One acre of the site is expected to remain zoned for use as a public park.
Apple's Cupertino workers are currently spread throughout the city, not just at the main headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop. Several buildings are, for instance, located along De Anza Boulevard. Jobs has expressed interest in consolidating workers into just two sites.