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Apple's new 'spaceship' campus approved by city of Cupertino

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Apple's longstanding plan to build a new campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, Calif., received approval from the Cupertino City Council last night, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The company's former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, originally unveiled plans for the 2.8-million-square-foot campus — which would feature a single four-story ring as its main building, along with surrounding green space — in 2011. The campus would also include a corporate auditorium, fitness center, central plant and underground parking facility, as well as a 600,000-square-foot research facility.

Apple hopes to begin demolishing the site's existing buildings before the end of the year, after the Cupertino City Council gives the final go-ahead in a Nov. 15 vote that the San Jose Mercury News called "largely perfunctory." The company said earlier this year that it expects to start moving in by mid-2016.

In a tweet today, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the new location as "our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come."