“Like just about everyone else in Cupertino, the city’s planning commission really likes the Apple Campus 2 project,” Matt Wilson reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “The commission gave a big thumbs up to the project on Oct. 2, paving the way for a final vote of approval by the Cupertino City Council on Oct. 15.”

“Residents and business leaders filled the city’s council chamber last week to once again hear details about Apple’s eye-catching new home. The planning commission’s meeting came one night after a shared study session with the city council and an overwhelmingly pro-campus audience,” Wilson reports. “Dan Whisenhunt, Apple’s director of real estate and facilities, detailed the project to residents and commissioners during a short presentation. Whisenhunt said the former HP campus, with its “outdated buildings in a sea of asphalt,” will transform into 80 percent green space with plenty of nods to Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past.”

“Apple employees are currently spread across 80 buildings in the city, with about 3,000 calling the main Infinite Loop campus home. The new campus will see the 16,000 Apple employees in the city grow to 24,000 upon completion, Whisenhunt told the commission,” Wilson reports. “Roughly 300 species of trees will be planted, and many of those trees are already growing in nurseries across California, Whisenhunt added. In total, Apple will remove 4,501 trees and plant 6,200 new ones. Approximately 90 trees will be relocated from the current HP site, including a memorial tree planted years ago to honor an HP employee.”

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Wilson reports, “If approvals go smoothly, Whisenhunt told the planning commission that construction could take 32 months, with employees moving into the campus at some point in 2016.”

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