Last night, the Cupertino California City Council voted unanimously to allow Apple to move forward with the construction of its sprawling new campus, which is projected to be completed in 2015.
We’re told that a “standing-room only” crowd was jam-packed into the council chambers long before the meeting commenced.
“Steve [Jobs] transformed Apple into one of the most innovative companies in the world and we understand the responsibilities that come from carrying his legacy forward with this project,” Apple’s head of real estate and facilities Dan Whisenhunt told the City Council. “We’ve designed it with the same care and attention to detail as we do with all Apple products.”
At Tuesday’s meeting, some residents expressed concerns related to new traffic problems resulting from the campus, but there were no major obstacles to overcome.
“As my mom used to say, ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you,'” Cupertino resident Carol Baker told the Council. “If we don’t honor Apple with this building, they’ll leave. There’s no reason for them to stay here and be loyal to a community that doesn’t support them. But if they left, it would be a disaster for the city.”