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By Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff Writer
Packed council chambers greeted Facebook executives David Ebersman, chief financial officer, and John Tenanes, director of real estate, as they unveiled the company's plan Tuesday, Feb. 8, to relocate to Menlo Park by this summer.
Facebook now holds a 15-year lease on the former Sun campus, and bought two additional parcels of land on Constitution Drive. Mr. Tenanes said the company has the option to buy the campus after five years.
At least four members of the Menlo Park City Council, with the possible exception of Andy Cohen, attended the Feb. 8 press conference, along with some familiar faces from around town: the city's business development manager, Dave Johnson; former council member John Boyle; Chamber of Commerce president Fran Dehn; and gadfly Morris Brown, among others.
Mayor Rich Cline welcomed Facebook, and predicted community debate -- and drama -- over the future direction of the Belle Haven-Willows area, where Facebook will make a new home on the former Sun campus. "And it's going to be loud," he said.
"We like a little drama, too," responded Mr. Tenanes. The city will host a design charette – or, in Facebook vocabulary, a Hackathon -- on Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Facebook's new campus to give residents a chance to voice their suggestions for neighborhood development.
Also in response to community questions, Mr. Tenanes said Facebook will set up a dedicated page on its website to advertise Menlo Park jobs.