Apple continues Bay Area expansion with lease of north San Jose office building

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It's no secret that Apple is expanding its operations in the Bay Area. The company has the huge new "Spaceship" headquarters building under construction in Cupertino, recently leased 76,000 square feet of space in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, and acquired a 770,000 square foot property in Sunnyvale. Now word comes from the San Jose Mercury News that Apple has leased Tech Place on 101, a new 202,000 square foot building that's under construction in north San Jose, California.

The office building is adjacent to a 43-acre development site in San Jose that the company has been acquiring through leases and purchases. That site is already approved for development of up to 2.8 million square feet of office space, and it's estimated that the entire north San Jose campus could house up to 20,000 workers.

So what's the new office space for? It could be that the new employees will be working on Apple's car project. Since it's Back to the Future Day and the site is right next to the Mineta San Jose International Airport, I'll even conjecture that it's for a flying car project... just a few years too late.