Menlo Park appears closer than ever to completing its nearly decade-long quest to open a functioning police substation in the Belle Haven neighborhood.
A site has been selected, in a strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Willow Road, and now it looks like Facebook plans to step in to help pay the bill.
The substation would cost the city an estimated $100,000 per year, according to the police department, and would be staffed at least part-time and include regular hours along with officers rotating through while on patrol.
City Manager Alex McIntyre told the council last week that he was meeting with Facebook executives on Friday, May 24, to finalize the deal, although Councilman Ray Mueller questioned whether the city should allow the social media company to pay for what he described as the city's responsibility to Belle Haven residents.
"I am not against Facebook donating resources for the substation. I just don't think that absolved the city from stepping up as well," Mr. Mueller told the Almanac. "We should invest money in crime cameras and community programs that otherwise would have been spent on start up costs for the station."
Facebook representatives declined to comment as the agreement had not yet been finalized.