apple’s austin expansion under way
Construction appears to be under way for the computer giant’s expansion project.
Construction work has quietly started on Apple Inc.’s planned $304 million expansion project in Northwest Austin — a project that is expected to create as many as 3,600 local jobs.
Construction work has quietly started on Apple Inc.’s planned $304 million expansion project on Parmer Lane in Northwest Austin — a project that is expected to create as many as 3,600 local jobs.
There is major earthwork happening on the 38.8-acre site and the concrete shell of what appears to be a threestory ofice building is taking shape.
There are two cranes on the site, but there are no signs up yet that either describe the project, name the contractor or the eventual occupant.
A security guard at the con- struction gate turns away unauthorized vehicles. He declined to say Monday whether the site is for Apple’s expansion project.
Across Tercello Lane from the project, Apple already occupies a campus of four ofice buildings. Workers on a warm December Monday were dressed in blue jeans or shorts and polo shirts.
Apple, as is its practice, did not return calls Monday inquiring about the project.
Apple will receive up to $36 million in state, city and county incentives over the next 10 years if it lives up to its economic development agreement, which includes creating 3,600 jobs over 10 years. The average annual wage for those jobs is $63,950.
Most of the jobs created are expected to be tied to opera-