A rendering of the new Apple store.
At its meeting today, the Board of Supervisors gave final approval to plans for a new Apple store in Union Square at Post and Stockton, thereby ending a lengthy planning process that included preservation concerns about a bronze fountain built in 1973 by the late artist Ruth Asawa.
An Apple spokesperson said, "We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs. Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square."
The plans involved tearing down the existing Levi's store and rebuilding the surrounding plaza. The Apple store will be two stories tall and feature wide banks of 44-foot-tall open glass along the facade facing the square. The fountain, which portrays San Francisco's history in a series of 41 bronze plaques, will be moved ten feet from its current location.
After concerns were raised at a deadlocked Planning Commission meeting, Apple agreed to scale back the store's square footage and make other changes. Controversy had also been raised about labor contracts for the security guards at the store, which appear to have been resolved.
Though Apple has not provided a timetable for construction of the store, which had the support of the mayor and board president David Chiu, it is expected to open spring of 2015 at the earliest.