by Joe White
November 20, 2013
Construction is set to commence on Apple's futuristic Campus 2, after Cupertino City Council granted final approval on the project. This is the second of two Cupertino City Council votes required in order for Apple to go ahead with its Campus 2 plans. As a reminder, the first vote took place last month, in October, and at the time Apple's spaceship-like campus gained "unanimous approval" from the council. The second vote allowed for members of the public to file petitions, and for the appropriate action to be gauged and undertaken by Cupertino City Council. However, following the second round of voting on Nov. 19, Apple has once again received a unanimous vote of confidence from Cupertino City Council, granting the company absolute approval to go ahead with the construction of its new campus. Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney reportedly said: "We're eager to see it happen. Go for it." MacRumors explains:
With the vote, the Cupertino City Council approved the necessary ordinances to allow Apple to enter into an official Development Agreement with the City of Cupertino, which will see the company receiving its full set of building permits on November 20. Apple has already received ancillary permits allowing it to begin demolition of the former HP campus that is already on the site.Apple's Campus 2 has been designed to take advantage of renewable, environmentally-friendly energy sources, and 70 percent of its energy will be taken from solar and fuel cells. Besides housing Apple's growing workforce, the futuristic campus will also offer a 120,000 square foot auditorium, and will eventually serve as the venue for the company's yearly media events. The first phase of Campus 2's construction is expected to be complete in 2016. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Sequel To Apple's Game Of The Year The Room To Launch For iPad On Dec. 12, MTV Artists App Updated With Improved Lyric Search, Faster Sound ID And Pandora Support, and Pixbits Has Submitted Huge Update For Junk Jack X, Adds Thanksgiving Theme And More.