Apple eyes huge development deal of up to 4.15 million square feet in north San Jose; much larger than ‘spaceship’ campus

“Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San Jose campus of up to 4.15 million square feet, according to city records — an amount larger than Apple’s ‘spaceship’ campus under construction in Cupertino,” Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports for Silicon Valley Business Journal.

“The draft agreement, which is not yet completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport,” Donato-Weinstein reports. “The percolating deal comes after Apple burst onto the north San Jose real estate scene this year in a series of high-profile leases and sales that included existing buildings and bare land. The work toward a development agreement is significant, as it shows Apple is working swiftly — and not piecemeal — to develop the site.”

Weinstein reports, “To be sure, a development agreement is not an actual project, and does not guarantee all of that space will get built. Apple hasn’t said what it is eyeing the sites for, and it has not yet submitted a formal development proposal… Also unclear: Exactly what types of buildings Apple might build on the land. Some real estate observers believe Apple might be interested in doing manufacturing there, perhaps for its emerging automotive interests. The agreement gives little away, describing ‘industrial development, including office, research and development, manufacturing and other related and supporting uses’ consistent with the city’s land-use plans.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s a helluva lot of space; for something big, as in “Project Titan” big?

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  3. 4.1 million square feet equals roughly 94 acres, or 122 football fields. That’s a lot a space to create around. It puts me in the mind of injection molded cars as seen in the movie Minority Report.

    To put this in perspective, the Ford River Rouge Plant in Detroit was built 100 years ago to make the venerable model T. And it was four times larger.

    “The Rouge measures 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide by 1 mile (1.6 km) long, including 93 buildings with nearly 16 million square feet (1.5 km²) of factory floor space. With its own docks in the dredged Rouge River, 100 miles (160 km) of interior railroad track, its own electricity plant, and integrated steel mill, the titanic Rouge was able to turn raw materials into running vehicles within this single complex, a prime example of vertical-integration production. Over 100,000 workers were employed there in the 1930s.” – Wikipedia

    Vertical-integration. Sounds like Apple!

  4. Just two words, Earthquake zone. can you buy insurance for that.. I know about the earthquake proof buildings, but if the Richter scale number is high enough, is anything safe ?

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