Apple Disrupts Silicon Valley With Another Eye-Catcher: Its New Home – The New York Times
CUPERTINO, Calif. Things change when a spaceship comes to town.Tourists stroll by, whipping out their iPhones to get a photo. New businesses move in. And real estate prices go up even more.Apples new home in Cupertino the centerpiece being a $5 billion, four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot ring that can be seen from space and that locals call the spaceship is still getting some final touches, and employees have just started to trickle in. The full squadron, about 12,000 people, will arrive in several months.But the development of the headquarters, a 175-acre area officially called Apple Park, has already helped transform the surrounding area.In Sunnyvale, a town just across the street, 95 development projects are in the planning stages. The city manager, Deanna J. Santana, said she had never seen such action before. In Cupertino, a Main Street Cupertino living and dining complex opened in early 2016. This downtown enclave includes the Lofts, a 120-unit apartment community opening this fall; small shops; and numerous restaurants and cafes.
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