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.Apple’s 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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