“Congratulations. Where’s the like button?” With those words, Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki highlighted the City Council’s 4-0 vote to approve Facebook’s West Campus expansion, located across the Bayfront Expressway from the social network’s current headquarters.
Part of Facebook’s proposal to expand its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., involved an agreement by the company to either build 15 low-cost homes or contribute $4.5 million toward affordable housing. But the social network is having trouble finding land in order to comply with that part of the deal.
The Menlo Park Planning Commission unanimously approved Facebook’s proposed West Campus expansion, located across the Bayfront Expressway from the social network’s current headquarters, and now the next step is a return trip to the Menlo Park City Council in March.
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.
Facebook’s proposed West Campus was unanimously approved in a vote by the Menlo Park City Council Tuesday night, meaning that the social network is one step closer to moving forward with the Frank Gehry-designed expansion to its current headquarters.
Facebook’s expansion of its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., may move one step closer if the City Council next Tuesday approves the social network’s proposal to pay the city $1.5 million over the next 10 years.
Before Facebook can start breaking ground on its Frank Gehry-designed West Campus extension, the company needs to discuss the direction of the building with the Menlo Park, Calif. City Council. The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports that the city council will discuss Facebook’s newest planned addition during their Wednesday meeting. The building could bring significant revenue to the city, which is facing a deficit this fiscal year.
Facebook is continually planning to expand, but the company’s latest addition will cost it a little extra. The social network is planning to build a second building in Menlo Park, Calif. — a 22-acre West Campus that would employ more than 2,000 people. The city of Menlo Park told Facebook that it would require an agreement similar to the one in place when the company originally set roots in the Bay Area town. For the East Campus, the social network agreed to pay the city roughly $14.5 million over the next 14 years.
With Facebook moving closer to expanding its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., calling in an architect was a natural step. However, the social network didn’t tap just any architect, bringing in world-famous Frank Gehry.