Facebook Campus Expansion

Current status

On November 1, 2016, the City Council approved all requested land use entitlements, environmental review, and agreements for the Facebook Campus Expansion Project located at 301-309 Constitution Drive, and introduced the ordinances rezoning the property and approving the Development Agreement. On November 15, 2016, the City Council adopted the Rezoning and Development Agreement Ordinances. These actions completed the land use entitlement and environmental review process for the project. In December 2016, the City issued permits for the construction of Building 21 (Phase 1) of the project. Building 21 is currently under construction and anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2018. 

Due to a delay in when TE Connectivity (Facebook’s tenant) is expected to vacate the site, Facebook modified the project site plan to allow for TE Building 305 to continue to be located on site, while allowing for the concurrent construction and occupancy of Building 22. Therefore, on February 7, 2017, Hibiscus Properties, LLC on behalf of Facebook, submitted an application to amend the approved CDP for the Facebook Campus Expansion Project and commence the associated environmental review. 

On October 16, 2017 the Menlo Park Planning Commission reviewed the Addendum to the Facebook Campus Expansion Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the draft Second Amended and Restated Conditional Development Permit and the Amendment to the Development Agreement for the proposed revised project. The Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions (requesting modifications to the design of the parking garage structure) of all requested land use entitlements to the City Council. On November 7, 2017 the City Council reviewed and approved the requested land use entitlements, including the applicant’s proposed modifications to the design of the parking garage structure, and introduced an ordinance adopting the Amendment to the Development Agreement. On November 14, 2017 the City Council adopted an ordinance approving the Amendment to the Development Agreement. Facebook is expected to begin construction on the first phase for Building 22 by mid December 2017. 

Project description

On March 31, 2015, Hibiscus Properties, LLC on behalf of Facebook submitted a preliminary application for the proposed redevelopment of the TE Connectivity campus located at 301-309 Constitution Drive. The site is located between Chilco Street and the recently completed Building 20, formerly referred to as Facebook’s West Campus.

The proposal includes construction of two new office buildings totaling 962,400 square feet (a net increase of approximately 126,600 square feet of offices) plus publicly-accessible open space and a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Bayfront Expressway, providing a more direct connection from the Belle Haven neighborhood to the Bay Trail.

The proposed buildings would have a similar look, feel, and height as Building 20. The application also includes the potential for a 200-room limited service hotel of approximately 174,800 square feet at the corner of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway. Development of the office buildings and hotel would result in a net increase of approximately 121,300 square feet at the Project Site. The development would be phased over time as the existing tenants (Pentair and TE Connectivity) vacate the property.

The proposed project would require the following actions:
  • Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to include hotels as conditional uses within the M-2 zoning district. The text amendment would be consistent with the Limited Industry Land Use Designation of the existing General Plan;
  • Rezone entire site from M-2 (General Industrial) and M-2(X) (General Industrial, Conditional Development) to M-2(X) (General Industrial, Conditional Development) to allow for a Conditional Development Permit to establish the development regulations;
  • Conditional Development Permit (CDP) to redevelop an approximate 58-acre site (300-309 Constitution Drive) with approximately 962,400 square feet of office use, including ancillary employee amenities, and a 200-room hotel of approximately 174,800 square feet. Including the existing Building 23, addressed 300 Constitution Drive (approximately 180,108 square feet), the maximum gross floor area for offices would be approximately 1.143 million square feet, which is within the maximum 45 percent floor area ratio (FAR) for offices in the M-2 zoning district. With the hotel, the maximum gross floor area would be approximately 1.318 million square feet, or 52 percent total FAR, which is consistent with the FAR maximum of up to 55 percent for office and all other uses. The CDP would permit maximum building heights of up to 75 feet, allow building coverage to potentially exceed 50 percent of the site, identify the expanded construction hours, establish the permitted uses at the site, establish the maximum allowed signage area, permit the use and storage of hazardous materials associated with general office uses, set the parking ratio for the site, as well as to define all other development standards and regulations. The proposed CDP would incorporate the existing Building 20 (1 Facebook Way) and create one CDP for 300-309 Constitution Drive and 1 Facebook Way.  No changes are proposed to Building 20;
  • Development Agreement for the provision of overall benefits to the City and adequate regulations in exchange for vested rights for the Facebook Campus Expansion Project;
  • Heritage Tree Removal Permits to permit the removal of approximately 274 heritage trees and establish a heritage tree replacement ratio associated with the proposed project;
  • Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Agreement, per the requirements of the City’s Municipal Code, which would help increase the affordable housing supply by requiring the applicant to provide monies for the BMR fund or by procuring off-site BMR units;
  • Lot Reconfiguration to modify the location of two legal lots or merge the legal lots that comprise the project site and the adjacent lot for Building 20;
  • Environmental Impact Report to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project; and 
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) to analyze the project’s revenue and cost effects on the City and applicable outside agencies.

Following the approval of the above listed entitlements by the City Council, Facebook learned that TE Connectivity’s planned departure from the site would likely be delayed. Buildings at 301-306 Constitution Drive and the chemical transfer facility building would need to be demolished to allow for the construction of Building 22, based on the previously approved site plan associated with the CDP. Therefore, TE Connectivity would need to completely vacate the site to allow for the construction of Building 22. Facebook has stated that its current lease agreement with TE Connectivity extends to September 2022, with options for TE to leave prior to the end of the current lease agreement. Since TE Connectivity could be at the site through September 2022, Facebook has modified the project site plan to allow for TE Building 305 to continue to be located on site, while allowing for the concurrent construction and occupancy of Building 22. The proposed revised project includes the following modifications:

  • Modify the design of Building 22 to encompass a four-story building of approximately 449,500 square feet of gross floor area (maximum approved under previous CDP) with a reduced building footprint;
  • Relocate the surface parking beneath Building 22 into a stand-alone multistory parking garage structure (seven stories above finished grade and one level below the finished grade);
  • Increase the maximum height of Building 22 to approximately 87 feet from 75 feet to allow for specific elements of the building (skylights), with an allowance for skylight maintenance platforms, to extend approximately seven to 10 feet above the skylight for a total maximum height of 97 feet;
  • Construct a new electric vehicle charging facility (encompassing approximately 97,500 square feet of site area) for Facebook’s potential future fleet of electric shuttle buses and trams after demolition of Building 305;
  • Increase the amount of private landscaped open space by approximately five acres and increase the size of the publicly accessible open space to 2.2 acres after the demolition of Building 305;
  • Retain Building 305 and associated manufacturing operations in an interim phase prior to TE’s lease expiration; and
  • Modify the timeline for delivery of the full extent of the publicly accessible open space to accommodate the retention of Building 305 in the interim phase.

For more information about the approved Facebook East and West Campus developments, please see the Facebook Campus project page.