San Jose city council signs off on huge Apple campus deal

Yesterday (January 26, 2016), San Jose, CA city council members approved a development plan that will provide Apple with a campus in the city that will be close to 86 acres (34.8 hectares) in size. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo saw the move as potentially reducing traffic congestion, saying "We're thrilled to have thousands of your employees in San Jose, hopefully shortening the commute for many."

The council unanimously approved an agreement that allows Apple to build up to 4.15 million square feet (385,548 square meters) of occupied space, spread between industrial, R&D and office zoning. The company has up to 15 years to complete the buildout. 

Apple's still unsure what to do with all the space, which is quite close to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Apple's senior director of real estate and development, Kristina Raspe, answered a question from councilman Donald Rocha about what the site would be used for, saying "The opportunity to purchase this site came very quickly to Apple. It was something we jumped on without a firm plan. We're still studying the site to determine the best use for us. At this point, it looks like it will be office and R&D."