ap­ple’s austin ex­pan­sion un­der way

Con­struc­tion ap­pears to be un­der way for the com­puter gi­ant’s ex­pan­sion project.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Kirk Laden­dorf kladen­dorf@states­man.com

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-

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