CUPERTINO (CBS 5) – Apple Inc. is getting a little too big for its current Cupertino home. Now the company’s plans for expansion are being met with opposition from neighbors.
A second Apple campus would be good news for the city, adding more jobs and additional revenue. But, as some residents pointed out at a community meeting Thursday, it could also add traffic.
Apple wants to build a facility, dubbed “the spaceship,” on a 100 acre parcel currently home to former Hewlett Packard offices in the northeast section of the city.
The gleaming four-story circular structure would be surrounded by orchards, and house offices for 12,000 workers.
“I want it done right. I want to make sure that the public gets their input in there,” said Patrick Robbins, who would be one of the building’s closest neighbors. “It wouldn’t break my heart if it didn’t happen.”
The proposal also calls for the closure of Pruneridge Ave.
Resident Darrell Lum said closing Pruneridge would cut off neighboring Sunnyvale customers from reaching local businesses.
“All of sudden there’s a wall there,” said Lum.
“It’s probably going to be a little hit for us, for something that’s bigger for the City of Cupertino and Silicon Valley,” said Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong.
Thursday’s meeting was just an early step toward constructing the second campus.
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