Apple's new spaceship campus could be delayed until 2016

By on November 21, 2012, 1:00 PM

Construction on Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, California, is running a bit behind schedule according to a new report. The company had hoped to have the facility ready to move into by 2015 but that target date is now being pushed back at least one year.

Just a few months before his death, former Apple chief Steve Jobs made an appearance during a Cupertino City Council meeting. It was there that he announced plans to build a massive 176-acre “spaceship”-like campus to serve as Apple’s new headquarters.

According to Bloomberg, Apple wanted to break ground on the new construction this year but the city likely won’t have their environmental impact report ready until June 2013. The company still needs the city council to approve the project rather quickly and hope that residents don’t file any legal challenges. 

The words “government” and “quick” typically don’t go together, as you are likely well aware of. All of this could ultimately mean that Apple may not even get construction crews on the ground until sometime in 2014.

Of course, some of the blame falls on Apple as well. In August, they told the city they would have an updated proposal ready by September. That didn’t happen which could push approval into sometime later in 2013. We’re told the updated proposal doesn’t make any significant changes to the original plan.

It seems unlikely that the city council or community residents would oppose the project. Last year, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong said there was no chance that officials would say “no” to the project. Apple has since handed out brochures to residents detailing facts about the project including how it will reduce vehicle traffic around the city and add 120 acres of green space to the community.

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