The agreement is tied to Facebook's plans to build a sprawling "office in a forest" on 312 and 313 Constitution Drive, down the road from its main campus. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the 433,555-square-foot building would perch on top of approximately 1,540 parking spaces, and blend into the landscape through ground-level gardens that wind their way up to a rooftop terrace, creating a forest visible from the Bayfront Expressway. An estimated 2,800 employees, mainly engineers, would work there.
In January the City Council unanimously approved a development agreement for the auxiliary campus that provides $1.7 million distributed over 10 years, a vehicle-trip cap and possible tax revenue.
Housing commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the below-market-rate housing agreement on Feb. 20. The contract went to the Planning Commission on Feb. 25 and then to the City Council for a final review.
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