Apple is making a move to put to an end the controversy surrounding its building plans for its new San Francisco retail store by redesigning to allow for the landmark 1970s era “folk art” fountain to remain where it is. It will be nestled in a flight of steps that will lead to the store’s rear entrance.
Apple presented the new plans to San Francisco city officials on Monday, with Mayor Ed Lee said to be “happy” that the company was able to work with city planners to keep the fountain almost exactly where it stands today, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. The installation will be moved slightly, though the change is not thought to be noticeable.
Mayor Lee originally supported Apple’s initial proposal in May, but backed quickly away from the plan once a controversy arose over the fountain’s apparent disappearance in plans submitted by architect Foster + Partners.
The new store, across from Union Square, will be a relocation of its current location at Stockton and Ellis, and will be 45% larger then the former location when it is completed.