Palo Alto's downtown Apple Store may soon be moving across the street.
The Palo Alto Architectural Review Board approved façade improvements for the building at 340 University Ave., at its Thursday-morning meeting.
The city staff report does not name the store that would be moving in, but board members said everything about the application has convinced them that it would be Apple. A company spokesperson said Apple hasn't made any announcements about a new Palo Alto store and declined to confirm or deny reports of the new store planned for Palo Alto.
The Daily News has also identified Apple as the new tenant, citing "sources."
The project applicant, the architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, also declined to comment on who the store tenant will be, citing a confidentiality agreement. The firm has also worked on Apple Stores in New York City, London and Tokyo.
Judith Wasserman, member of the Architectural Review Board, said the board wasn't informed that the tenant would be an Apple Store. But it was fairly easy for the board to deduce the applicant's identity based on the application, she said.
"It was clear, when they said where the sign was going to go and when they talked about the project details, who the tenant would be," Wasserman said. "It was just really obvious."
The project applicant proposed demolishing the building's roof and front façade and installing a new "fully glazed storefront." The applicant also wants to plant trees inside the store, near the rear of the building and under a proposed skylight.
"The new glass façade is designed to dissolve the boundary between exterior and interior to connect the activity on the street and within the store," the applicant wrote
According to the project description, the store would be a "new prototype for the applicant." The description also states that the applicant's stores "generate significant foot traffic, well beyond other typical retail stores."
"The proposed improvements to the existing building will add vitality to the already busy pedestrian environment of University Avenue, especially during the evening hours," the applicant wrote.
The retail building that will house the new Apple Store has most recently housed the furniture store Z Gallerie. Under the changes approved by the board, the building's front façade and roof would be demolished and a portion of its mezzanine removed.
The building would also feature a flat roof with two skylights.
The existing Apple Store at 451 University Ave., a block away from the new store site, will reportedly be closed. It was opened with great fanfare in 2001.
Wasserman said the board wasn't told who, if anyone, would be moving into the existing Apple Store.