SAN JOSE – Apple is preparing for construction activities at its sprawling North San Jose office complex, a move that could bring thousands of jobs to the mixed-use tech hub.
A company spokesperson said Cupertino-based Apple will begin construction on a portion of its northern San Jose property in the near future.
Apple’s upcoming construction effort will represent the lead in the tech titan’s expansion to an 85-acre San Jose campus located near the corner of Orchard Parkway and Charcot Avenue.
The anticipated construction start comes at the same time that Apple has said it will spend millions to reach and relocate residents of a homeless camp built on company land.
San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo said, “It is wonderful to see Apple expand into North San Jose, where they have already demonstrated their strong commitment to the community through their generous efforts to support our immigrant residents in that neighborhood. performed.”
According to sources familiar with the company’s intentions, Apple’s initial efforts to expand the campus are likely to focus on two existing large office buildings, which are within Apple’s campus footprint. Apple did not immediately confirm this.
Sources said the company intends to undertake extensive tenant improvements to make the two office buildings ready for occupancy.
One of the buildings is at 2325 Orchard Parkway and totals 286,000 square feet. The second building is at 2509 Orchard Parkway and totals 202,000 square feet.
A portion of the campus site will be dedicated to affordable housing, but specific plans have not yet emerged regarding the number of homes and acres where the habitat will grow.
The Apple campus is a short walk from where Google is planning a lush and pedestrian-oriented office complex called Midpoint that is located near the corner of North First Street and Nortec Parkway.
These projects mean that two household names in the tech world are moving forward with plans for major campuses in northern San Jose at the same time.
“North San Jose is poised for a strong boom with growth from Apple and Google, and even more so if we can build housing there without suing the city of Santa Clara,” Mayor Licardo said.
It makes sense that big tech companies have begun to formulate plans to take over new sites in Silicon Valley, said Dave Sandlin, executive vice president of Colliers, a commercial real estate firm.
“All of these companies have to plan for the future,” Sandlin said. “Right now, the Delta version has dealt a bit of a blow. Tech companies want to ensure the safety of their employees. “
Still, the momentum is moving towards a broader move in office.
“Sooner or later, and probably sooner, people will be back at work,” Sandlin said. “People will negotiate, and the creative job flow will resume.”