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【CUPERTINO (BCN)     The Cupertino City Council today will consider giving initial approval to the massive, 176-acre Apple Campus 2 project proposed by Apple Corp. along a busy thoroughfare near Interstate Highway 280.     Apple’s project features a 2.8 million-square-foot, ring-shaped building that some refer to as the “spaceship.”     There has been apprehension about the added traffic the project’s 12,000 employees would bring, Cupertino city spokesman Rick Kitson said.      “There are a lot of concerns about the project,” Kitson said. “There is also a lot of support for the project.”     Apple would demolish the closed, 171-acre Hewlett-Packard campus that Apple acquired on property bounded by North Wolfe Road, Tantau Avenue, Calabazas Creek and Homestead Road, and develop it in two phases over 48 months, according to Kitson.     The area was busy with car traffic when Hewlett-Packard used it up until a few years ago, but there would be considerably more traffic at the Apple Campus 2, Kitson said.     “The proposal will surpass that level of activity,” Kitson said. “There is no doubt there will be a big change.”     To help soften the traffic impacts, Apple would use its bus fleet and other alternative transit to bring from one-quarter to one-third of its employees to the campus, Kitson said.     Apple may also be in talks with Caltrans about paying to widen I-280 to accommodate freeway commuters, Kitson said.     Among the city’s top concerns are three left-turn lanes that would run from the campus entrance onto southbound North Wolfe Road, Kitson said.     According to city planning officials, some drivers heading to the on-ramp to northbound I-280 would have to quickly change lanes to the right to get onto the highway. The concern is that the rapid lane changing would be dangerous.     The planning commission suggested several options for addressing that issue, including fining Apple $500 each time an employee made an unsafe lane change at that spot.             The first phase of Apple Campus 2 project would include construction of the giant, 60-foot-high circular building, which would have a central garden courtyard featuring orchard trees and a 1,000-seat amphitheater.     Also in the first phase, 10,980 parking spaces would be created, along with 2,000 bike parking spots, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, jogging trails, an on-site bike-sharing program and solar panels.      The second phase would add 600,000 square feet of office space in buildings meant for research and development, with a 100,000-square-foot laboratory and testing area, a restaurant, parking and energy generation plants.     The City Council meeting on the Apple project will be at 5 p.m. today at Cupertino City Hall, 10300 Torre Ave.

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