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Mar 05

Planning Commission Holds Study Session on Facebook’s Willow Village Project

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Kyle Perata

To kick off the City’s formal review of Facebook’s Willow Village project, the Planning Commission held a study session on the proposed mixed-use office, retail, and residential development located at the intersection of Willow Road and Hamilton Avenue at its meeting Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. The study session provided the Planning Commission an opportunity to learn more about the proposed project, which includes 1,500 multi-family housing units, approximately 126,500 square feet of commercial retail (including grocery store and pharmacy), a 200 room limited service hotel, approximately 1.75 million square feet of offices, and 18 acres of open space (eight of which would be publicly accessible). The proposal would comprehensively redevelop the existing industrial, R&D, and office campus known as the Menlo Science and Technology Park. For more information on the proposed project, please visit the City-maintained Willow Village Project Page.

At the meeting the applicant team presented to the Commission and members of the public provided the Commission and staff with comments and questions on the proposal. The Planning Commission provided feedback to city staff and the applicant team on the proposed site layout including the proposed vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle circulation, the mix of uses, project construction phasing, and the general density and intensity of the project. The City Council will be holding its own study session on the proposed redevelopment of the site at its meeting of March 27, 2018. Following the Council’s review and feedback on the project proposal, City staff intends to release the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and schedule an EIR scoping session with the Planning Commission.

In addition to City sponsored meetings, the applicant team will be holding the following outreach events to inform the community about the project and obtain feedback:
  • Saturday, March 3, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.
  • Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Senior Center at 560 Bell St. in East Palo Alto.
  • Thursday, March 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.
For more information on the proposed project, please contact Kyle Perata, Senior Planner, at 650-330-6721 or by email at

Planning Commission Holds Study Session on Facebooks Willow Village Project