Menlo Park Planning Commission To Meet On Facebook Headquarters Expansion Monday Night

By David Cohen 

The next step for Facebook’s proposed West Campus across the Bayfront Expressway from the social network’s current headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., will take place at 7 p.m. PT Monday, when the Menlo Park Planning Commission meets to discuss the Frank Gehry-designed expansion.

The Palo Alto Daily News reported that Facebook is requesting a rezoning, as the building height on the West Campus site is currently capped at 35 feet, and its surface-level parking lot would be 73 feet high.

The newspaper added that the commission will also consider whether to approve an official statement that the benefits of the project will outweigh its negative environmental impacts, such as additional traffic at two nearby intersections, as well as the social network’s request to remove 175 heritage trees and its proposal to either provide the city with $4.5 million in fees to go toward affordable housing, construct 15 affordable housing units, or a combination.

Facebook reached an agreement with the Menlo Park City Council last month to:

  • Pay the city $1.5 million over a 10-year period.
  • Add $100,000 for local improvements.
  • Restrict the number of vehicles that can enter and leave the new campus.
  • Pay at least $194,000 per year in property taxes.

Readers: Do you think Facebook will receive the go-ahead from the Menlo Park Planning Commission at Monday night’s meeting?