Mercury News reported that Apple is set to begin construction “any day now” on a new prototype retail store in downtown Palo Alto, according to a building permit issued by the city. The new Store will be located on 340 University Ave, about a block from the already thriving downtown store. It is a place where Steve Jobs made many appearances. Apple’s new store will reportedly see structural changes that will allow natural light to brighten the store completely, and the rest of the store will be mostly made of stone and steel.

Plans filed with the city call for a glass roof and facade that will allow natural light to flood much of the 15,030-square-foot store. Stone and steel also factor heavily into the design. A basement and rear mezzanine will provide office space and storage, according to the plans.

Before construction begins, crews have already completed a pedestrian bypass. Apple is spending$3.15 million on the new prototype Store, according to documents filed with the city. Palo Alto’s planning manager made comment to The Daily Beast:

“It’s a very unique building. The retail space within the building is very visible to pedestrians who are walking past.”

(h/t The Next Web)

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