Apple’s proposed “mothership” development on HP’s former Cupertino campus replaces a popular cycling route with a parking garage ramp.
Apple wants to put their new headquarters building on the plot of land between Homestead Road, Wolfe Road, Tantau Avenue and Pruneridge (shown below on the Google Map).
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Homestead Road is a major east-west throughway with very high commercial activity and heavy traffic. Adjacent Pruneridge is a popular route for cyclists who wish to avoid the extremely heavy traffic on Homestead Road east of Wolfe Road.
Apple’s plans include a vacation of Pruneridge between Wolfe and Tantau, converting the western part of Pruneridge into a private access ramp for basement parking underneath Apple’s circular headquarters. In the illustration below, the current Pruneridge Avenue runs between where Apple want to put their fitness center and the corporate auditorium.
The first phase of Apple’s development will be an environmental impact assessment (EIA), which includes traffic, noise and air quality impacts. You will have the opportunity to voice your concerns during public hearings. Web, email, and snail-mail comments will likely also make the public record.
To read the plans and stay informed, visit City of Cupertino “Apple Campus 2″ web page and sign up for their eNotication service.
Props to Patrick Grant for pointing this out on the SVBC discussion list.
Does anybody remember this old video in which Steve Jobs (when he still had hair!) compares bicycling with computers?