As construction on Apple Park has progressed, the best views have been delivered by pesky drone operators — despite the company’s attempts to halt the practice. But even if the drones are shut down, a hotel company is hoping to capitalize on interest in the new corporate campus.
Kimco Realty has submitted plans to the City of Cupertino to build a 185-room, five-story boutique hotel on the west side of Apple Park. The hotel would be just south of a shopping area known as Cupertino Village.
“The hotel is designed to create an attractive new gateway into the City of Cupertino, and to complement the iconic Apple Park facility located directly across Wolfe Road,” the company wrote in its proposal.
But to capitalize even more on the public’s curiosity about the new corporate HQ, the proposal notes: “Kimco is also investigating the feasibility of including a viewing platform or rooftop lounge, which could offer the community another gathering spot and unparalleled views of Apple Park.”
Except for planes and drones, views of Apple Park will remain limited, as far as the general public is concerned. Apple itself is building a visitor center across the street from Apple Park (on the east side). This will include a rooftop terrace that allows the public to see part of the main building. But while the main building is an estimated 48 feet high, the visitors’ center will only be 23 feet high.
The Kimco hotel would be 60 feet in height, which means its rooftop terrace would offer better views of Apple Park than the visitors’ center, though it’s hardly the birds-eye view we get from drones.
It will be interesting to see if Apple weighs in. After all, it designed the campus to offer a high degree of security and privacy to employees. A gaggle of tourists sipping cocktails and gazing down on Apple Park may not thrill the tech giant.
The proposal is in the early stages and faces many months of scrutiny before it can be approved.