Facebook Campus Expansion

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. 

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

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 2018.

Environmental review

Environmental analysis of projects like the Facebook Project is required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Second addendum to the certified environmental impact report

An EIR addendum was prepared for the Proposed CDP amendment to document consistency with the certified EIR, with regard to a proposed increase in the number of permitted hotel rooms and reduction in onsite parking spaces. A copy of the addendum is available below, and hard copies are available at City Hall, the Menlo Park Library and the Belle Haven Branch Library.

First addendum to the certified environmental impact report

An EIR addendum was prepared for the Proposed CDP amendment to document consistency with the certified EIR, with regard to modifications to the site plan and project timing for Building 22.

Final environmental impact report

The final environmental impact report was released on September 15, 2016. Electronic files are available below.

Individual Chapters

Draft environmental impact report

The draft environmental impact report was published on May 26, 2016, with a review period from May 26 to July 11, 2016. A public hearing on the draft environmental impact report was held at the June 20, 2016, Planning Commission meeting.

Mitigation monitoring and reporting program

Displacement analysis

Fiscal impact analysis

Water supply assessment study

Notice of preparation

A notice of preparation is an initial step to inform members of the public that an environmental impact report is going to be prepared.

The notice of preparation and the scope of the environmental impact report were the subject of a scoping session and study session, during the July 13, 2015, Planning Commission meeting. The following comment letters were received during the notice of preparation comment period:

FAQs

What is the status of Terms 7.1.6 and 7.1.7 (Chilco Street Frontage Improvements)?

The Chilco Street Frontage Improvements were anticipated to be constructed in phases. Phases 3a and 3b have been combined with Phase 4a, Phase 5, and Phase 6. These phases were anticipated to be completed by early April 2020; however, the temporary ban on construction activities beginning in March 2020 during the shelter in place order delayed the completion date. The only portion of these phases outstanding is the planting/irrigation, and this work has resumed now and these improvements will be completed concurrent with initial occupancy of Building 22. For reference, Phases 3a and 3b were originally required to be completed prior to Occupancy of Building 21. Design modifications and coordination with SamTrans across the Dumbarton Corridor have extended the timeline of the project. Facebook has been working with the City to complete these improvements by combining these with Phases 5 and 6. These improvements will also be finished prior to occupancy of Building 22. Phase 4b is currently under review by City staff and anticipated to be completed by August 2021. Facebook has worked to accommodate modifications to project phasing and design with the City. While Phase 4b will not be constructed prior to occupancy of Building 22, all other phases are anticipated to be complete prior to occupancy of Building 22.

What is the status of Term 8.1.1 (Housing Inventory and Local Supply Study)?

The housing inventory and supply study(PDF, 13MB) is now available for review. The purpose of the study as identified in the development agreement was to provide a framework for future, fact-based actions and policymaking related to long-term housing solutions in the Belle Haven neighborhood and East Palo Alto. The development agreement anticipated that the study would assess the conditions, occupancy, and resident profiles of residents living in the immediate vicinity of the project site, including but not limited to the Belle Haven neighborhood, the Fair Oaks neighborhood (located in unincorporated San Mateo County), and the City of East Palo Alto.

The study is intended to establish a baseline understanding of the housing conditions, facilitate the development of an informed regional housing strategy, and develop recommendations to support the preservation of affordable and workforce housing. The study provides community profiles for each of the three communities (Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks, and East Palo Alto) and outlines real estate patterns within each community. The study outlines recommended actions for housing unit production and preservation, as well as tenant protections. The study also identifies the need to monitor conditions over time and for large employers, such as Facebook, to consider how a company’s internal policies can affect housing conditions in the vicinity and educate employees. The UC Berkeley team presented the findings of the Study at the August 11, 2020 City Council meeting(PDF, 17MB).

What is the status of Term 8.1.2 (Housing Innovation Fund)?

The housing innovation fund is intended to build off the Housing Inventory and Local Supply Study (Term 8.1.1), providing the resources to implement near-term actions recommended by the study and therefore, is intended to be initiated immediately following the completion of the study. City staff and Facebook have begun discussing the approach to the housing innovation fund; however, at this time the housing innovation fund has not been initiated beyond preliminary discussions with City staff on the framework for the housing innovation fund. It is anticipated that in early September, following UC Berkeley’s presentation to the City Council regarding the study, Facebook will formally create the housing innovation fund and begin the process of determining which near term actions to fund.

In the development agreement, Facebook agreed to commit $1,500,000 to establish the housing innovation fund and provide funding for near term implementation actions based upon findings from the Study. The fund would be overseen by an advisory group convened to provide oversight that would include Facebook representatives, local elected officials, and members of local community organizations. The advisory group would be comprised of eight members, including at least one member selected by the city manager of Menlo Park and one member selected by the city manager of East Palo Alto. The remaining six members would be selected by Facebook at its discretion. More information on the status of the housing innovation fund will be provided when available.

What is the status of Term 9.1.5 (Public Open Space; Multi-Use Bridge Facility; and Public Access)?

The development agreement identifies that the publicly accessible open space would be provided in two phases: an interim public open space and a final public open space. Per the development agreement and conditional development permit (CDP), the interim park is required to be completed prior to occupancy of Building 22 and the final park would be completed after TE Connectivity vacates Building 305. TE Connectivity vacated the site earlier than anticipated (December 2019) and Facebook requested flexibility to construct the publicly accessible open space in one phase. The proposal would result in the construction of the final public open space earlier than anticipated by the CDP and development agreement (but would not include an interim publicly accessible open space prior to occupancy of Building 22). The CDP and development agreement, approved by the City Council, allow for staff level modifications if the proposed modification is substantially consistent with the approved project and the terms of the CDP and development agreement. City staff determined that provision of the final open space without an interim phase achieves compliance with the requirements. In order to construct the final phase sooner, Facebook plans to begin construction on the entire public open space concurrent with the granting of occupancy of Building 22. Staff has evaluated the proposal submitted by Facebook and the information provided and determined that the earlier delivery of the entire publicly accessible open space would be more beneficial than completing the interim publicly accessible open space and then shortly thereafter closing off the space to demolish Building 305 and construct the final publicly accessible open space.

The timing for the delivery of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Bayfront Expressway was impacted because Facebook was delayed in obtaining PG&E approval of an easement for the bridge foundation within its easement due to PG&E’s bankruptcy filing in early 2019. Facebook has worked with PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to obtain approval of the easement. The development agreement includes an automatic extension for the delivery of the bridge due to situations outside the control of Facebook, such as this situation. Access to the bicycle and pedestrian bridge would be through the publicly accessible open space. Due to these factors, staff believes that the modification to the timing for the delivery of the publicly accessible open space is warranted and believes that Facebook has made a good faith effort to comply with the bicycle and pedestrian bridge and public open space requirements.

As of August 2020, Facebook obtained CPUC approval of the easement and a formal agreement with PG&E. Bridge construction is anticipated to begin by the end of August 2020. The bridge construction is expected to take approximately 18 months.

Development agreement

The Facebook Campus Expansion project included a development agreement. Development agreements are legally binding agreements between the City of Menlo Park and an applicant that provide an applicant with vested rights to develop the project in exchange for providing benefits to the City. A development agreement is commonly used for land use developments that will be implemented in phases over a period of time and “freezes” development regulations at the time of approval. Development agreements also allow the City to obtain benefits from the project that would not otherwise be possible in exchange for the vested rights. The Facebook Campus Expansion Project includes a development agreement and a development agreement amendment, approved in November 2016 and November 2017 respectively. Facebook and the City also entered into development agreements for the East Campus (approved June 2012) and West Campus (approved April 2013projects.

Development agreement annual reviews

The Planning Division evaluates Facebook’s good faith compliance with the terms of Facebook’s development agreements annually. The development agreements include a requirement that “The City shall, at least every 12 months during the term of this Agreement, review the extent of Facebook’s and Owner’s good faith compliance with the terms of this Agreement pursuant to Government Code Section 65865.1 and Resolution No. 4159.” The Planning Commission is charged with conducting a public hearing on Facebook’s good faith compliance with the terms of its development agreements. On May 4, 2020, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and determined that Facebook has complied, in good faith, with the terms of all of its development agreements during the 2018- 2019 review year. Future reviews will be conducted by the calendar year for simplicity. A summary of the detailed compliance for all development agreement terms for the 2018-2019 review year is available as attached summary tables to the 2018-2019 review year staff report(PDF, 2MB).

Related documents

Project plans

September 28, 2017

September 20, 2016

May 25, 2016

Note:  Full plan sets are available for review at city offices. Plans are subject to architectural copyright restrictions, and reproduction may not be possible without the consent of the applicant.

The current plan set is available. For previous versions of the project plan sets, please contact City staff.

Conditional development permit

Development agreement

Below market rate housing agreement

Other documents

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