Apple’s plans to build a second campus was given a recent boost after a planning commission in Cupertino recently voted to rezone a portion of land Apple hopes to use to construct a number of new buildings as part of a new 50-acre campus. The area in question has been described a prime piece of residential real estate and was zoned as such in 2006, resulting in Apple having to jump through a few hoops in order to attain permission to erect office buildings there. All told, Apple anticipates that its second campus will eventually be home to about 3,000 employees.
The DailyNews writes:
The property is part of nine separate properties that Apple purchased at the Pruneridge site for an approximately 50-acre campus, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the Cupertino council during a surprise visit on April 18, 2006, when he announced the purchase of properties at the Pruneridge site.
Aside from its main headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, Apple has employees spread out in buildings along De Anza Boulevard and throughout the city. Jobs described the far-flung nature as frustrating. He said he hoped they would be able to consolidate all Cupertino employees at the current Infinite Loop campus and at a future campus.
At the aforementioned Cupertino council meeting, Jobs stressed that the number of Apple employees had tripled in the preceding 5 years. “And what that’s meant,” Jobs stated at the time, “is that our headcount in Cupertino has dramatically expanded.”