The Cupertino City Council voted on Tuesday night to approve Apple’s application for their new “Spaceship” campus. The proposal was first presented to council members by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, in his last public appearance before his death.
The San Jose Mercury News, via 9to5Mac:
Now that the project has been approved, the council by regulation must meet one more time on Nov. 15 for a final and largely perfunctory vote. The spaceship, for all practical purposes, has now been approved for liftoff.
Apple has faced some opposition to the plan, as there were objections from local residents over environmental and traffic concerns. The company’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, sent out a brochure to the residents in an attempt to alleviate concerns. The building, reported to be currently $2 billion over budget, is expected to open in 2015 – 2016.
(UPDATE – 10/16/13) – Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a Tweet about the approval, quoting the title of MacRumors article on the topic. (Lucky son-of-a-guns.)