Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park | News – California News

Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park | News – California News

Facebook, which hit 2 billion users June 27, has announced plans for a major new office, residential and retail development near its headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

The company submitted to the city Thursday plans to build 3.45 million square feet of office, residential and retail space at its 59-acre commercial property referred to as the Prologis site.

The proposal, which Facebook is calling “Willow Campus,” includes nine office buildings, three parking garages, seven public access parks or plazas, 1,500 housing units, a visitors’ center, a grocery store and other retail spaces.

The property, which Facebook owns, occupies the area southeast of Willow Road, running from Mid-Peninsula High School to the Dumbarton right-of-way along Willow Road, to the start of the UPS Center and Pacific Biosciences office on O’Brien Drive and Adams Court.

This project would be on top of the 1.8 million square feet of office space the company currently occupies in Menlo Park, and the almost 1 million square feet of office space it’s building in the city, plus the 207,000 square feet of office space it plans to occupy in the “Menlo Gateway” area off of Marsh Road.

Facebook did not have an estimate of how many employees would work at the site, but said it would be roughly the same ratio of employees to office space as at its other operations. A total of 9,350 Facebook employees work in Menlo Park, a 54 percent increase over last year, according to the city’s budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.

Willow Campus plan

Highlights of the Willow Campus master plan submitted to the city include:

• 1,500 rental apartments,…

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