Apple’s planned huge campus in north San Jose gets a major city endorsement

A huge campus that Cupertino-based Apple is planning in north San Jose that could create 16,000 or more jobs has gotten a major endorsement from city staffers.

San Jose city planners have recommended that the city’s Planning Commission and the San Jose City Council both support a proposal and development agreement between Apple and the city of San Jose for the 86-acre campus, which currently consists of vacant land and some existing office complexes.

“This project will further promote north San Jose as an employment center,” the city planners stated in their recommendation to the planning commission and the city council. “Apple is a major driving-industry employer in the region.”

Under the newly recommended development plan, the campus could consist of 4.15 million square feet. Apple would have up to 15 years to add buildings to the site. The future Apple campus is located on the north side of U.S. 101 near the 101-87 interchange and stretches along Charcot Avenue to North First Street.

If fully developed, the north San Jose site potentially could accommodate roughly 16,000 to 20,000 Apple employees, based on typical estimates from commercial realty experts for use of office space.

Despite Apple’s huge growth plans for north San Jose, Cupertino will remain the headquarters and primary operational and administrative focus for Apple.

“As we continue to grow, we’re planning to build R&D facilities and some additional office space in San Jose,” Apple said Friday. “The property isn’t far from the future home of our new campus.”

The tech titan is currently constructing a huge spaceship-shaped headquarters campus in Cupertino, a short distance from its existing head offices on Infinite Loop.

Although the site is mostly empty land, it contains an existing 287,000-square-foot office complex once occupied by Atmel, a semiconductor firm. In addition, a six-story office and research building totaling 199,000 square feet is under construction.

San Jose officials also have crafted the new development agreement to provide certainty for Apple that future building expansions on the site can proceed smoothly throughout the course of the 15 years in the pact.

“This provides assurances to Apple that upon approval of any necessary reserved discretionary approvals, Apple may proceed with future development” the city planners stated.


Above: Aerial photo of the future Apple campus in north San Jose from public documents filed with the city of San Jose. Apple logo from a BANG staff photo.


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