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Facebook buys 56-acre industrial park near its Menlo Park headquarters

Facebook has acquired another huge property near its main campus at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

The social networking giant has purchased the 21 building, 56-acre industrial park known as Menlo Science & Technology Park, located on Willow Road just south of Bayshore Expressway.

A San Francisco-based industrial real estate company, Prologis Inc., which has owned and managed the property since 1998, made the announcement Friday.

No sale price was given. Prologis said it will provide ongoing management services on behalf of Facebook, which has not announced any plans for developing the site.

"Our team has spent the past several years planning the conversion of this site for higher and better use," Mark Hansen, a senior vice president for Prologis, said in a press release.

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This is Facebook's fourth large property in that area. The other three are:

● The company's 57-acre headquarters at Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road (the former home of Sun Microsystems), where Facebook moved from its Palo Alto offices in 2011,

● The 22-acre Frank Gehry-designed "west campus" Facebook is building (and expecting to occupy soon) across Bayfront Expressway from the main campus.

● And the 59-acre property adjacent to the "west campus" that it bought from TE Connectivity.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal was the first to report on Facebook's acquisition of the Menlo Science and Technology Park site.

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Facebook buys 56-acre industrial park near its Menlo Park headquarters

Uploaded: Sat, Feb 7, 2015, 5:18 pm
Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015, 7:36 am

Facebook has acquired another huge property near its main campus at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

The social networking giant has purchased the 21 building, 56-acre industrial park known as Menlo Science & Technology Park, located on Willow Road just south of Bayshore Expressway.

A San Francisco-based industrial real estate company, Prologis Inc., which has owned and managed the property since 1998, made the announcement Friday.

No sale price was given. Prologis said it will provide ongoing management services on behalf of Facebook, which has not announced any plans for developing the site.

"Our team has spent the past several years planning the conversion of this site for higher and better use," Mark Hansen, a senior vice president for Prologis, said in a press release.

This is Facebook's fourth large property in that area. The other three are:

● The company's 57-acre headquarters at Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road (the former home of Sun Microsystems), where Facebook moved from its Palo Alto offices in 2011,

● The 22-acre Frank Gehry-designed "west campus" Facebook is building (and expecting to occupy soon) across Bayfront Expressway from the main campus.

● And the 59-acre property adjacent to the "west campus" that it bought from TE Connectivity.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal was the first to report on Facebook's acquisition of the Menlo Science and Technology Park site.

Comments

Real(ly) Estate Happy
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm
Real(ly) Estate Happy, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Shhhhhh......does everyone hear that? That's the sound of all of our Menlo Park real estate going ever higher!!!! ;0)


Menlo Voter
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm
Menlo Voter, Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Feb 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

oh nooooo! They're going to ruin our "village atmosphere." Whatever that is. Oh, I forgot, Facebook is out in east Menlo where no one really matters. Never mind.


really?
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm
really?, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm

But with a certain amount of apprehension, is it really in everyone's best interest to one company owns more than half of our M2 industrial base? Are we a company town now? What happens when everyone goes, 'nah, i don't do Facebook anymore,' where does that leave us?

Eggs… one basket….. too many.


I actually live here
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm
I actually live here, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm

As a resident for over 7 years here, I am thrilled with the renewed interest in our neighborhood due to FB's presence. I'm willing to risk becoming a "company town" if it means increased property values, remodeling run down homes and becoming a safer neighborhood. What's the other option? Wait for help from west Menlo? I'm also still waiting for Menlo Gateway to break ground...


member
Portola Valley: other
on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm
member, Portola Valley: other
on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Tech has ruined the Bay area. It is sad.


Alan
Registered user
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Alan, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I generally appreciate Facebook's presence.

On the one hand, the new West Campus is a cool bit of architecture. I love how they minimized the space occupied by parking and are making a tree-lined park on the roof. I hope the public gets a chance to check it out.

On the other hand - if Facebook ever has a significant reduction in workforce, and decides to vacate that building - it'll be a bit of trick to find a new tenant, mostly because it has a massive, single, open-air room, not meant for subdivision. It might be a little tricky to find a new occupant for such a space. Cisco's policy of having multiple moderate-size buildings which could be leased out when there's workforce reductions seems wise.

As long as the newly acquired properties can be subdivided "just in case", it should be fine.


east of 101
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 10, 2015 at 9:21 am
east of 101, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

I love that this Billion dollar company moves into what once was known as a "Ghetto" by some. Now everyone takes an interests to move there yet my property taxes keep going up by 2000 a year and I am not making $200,000 working as an engineer. Being offered a facility or kitchen job won't help me pay my increasing taxes!


Show me the money!
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:58 am
Show me the money!, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:58 am

This part of Menlo Park has been the source of most of the city's revenue -- from sales and use taxes that generally increase more than inflation over time. Now the city is increasingly dependent on property taxes that increase at rates set by Prop 13. Commercial properties rarely flip, so these taxes will wither over time in relationship with city costs. This is unsustainable. Our development-happy Council needs to do a reality check and have a solid long-term financial plan for the city. That would be the adult, responsible thing to do but - Oh yeh, they won't be in office when the @$#(& hits the fan.


Ron
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Ron, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Dear East of 101:

Property taxes increase because governments spend more, not because industry moves into an area. We should try to get our elected officials to reduce spending. The last time we were successful was the passage of prop 13, maybe we should start a prop 14 movement.


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm
Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood
Registered user
on Feb 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

"Property taxes increase because governments spend more"

Wrong, property tax revenues increase when properties change hands or are improved or by the Prop 13 annual limit - not because governments spend more.


Ron
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm
Ron, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Peter:

You are wrong. Prop 13 allows the increase in taxes for the reasons you mentioned. Governmental entities dont have to raise taxes. They do because of their continual increase in spending. N'est-ce pas


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm
Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood
Registered user
on Feb 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Ron - You are simply wrong. Local governments cannot raise their property taxes; those tax increase solely because of properties changing hands, remodeling and annual Prop 13 limited increases.


Barry Gray
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Barry Gray, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

@member (of Portola Valley) who wrote: "Tech has ruined the Bay area. It is sad."

I have a question to you: what do you mean by this question?

Do you mean it's too bad that Lockheed had its Missile and Space Division in Sunnyvale, around the mid-50s? Or, that Shockley started his Beckman division to commercialize transistors, also about that time? Or that Fairchild, Intel, and so many others also emerged? Or hey, maybe we should blame it all on Ames Research that was here before those? Lest we forget Stanford which was also a magnet for your hated "tech?"

Or maybe what you're really upset about is the emergence and growth of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others. Well sure, I also don't like the increased traffic. But I much prefer that over what we've seen in the likes of Detroit.


Garrett
another community
on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm
Garrett , another community
on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Tech got started in bay area so we must deal with issues.

Why not plan a urban village with Facebook, open space, stores, services, entertainment and transit.

BART needs a second transbay line, rail line is nearby, so why not work out a deal.


Stats
Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm
Stats, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm

For all of you who are worried about orphaned real estate if Facebook ever shrinks - which companies blossomed using the former HQ real estate shells of:

* Silicon Graphics
* Adobe Mt. View
* Sun Microsystems
* Xerox Parc

Out of the ashes (or corporate move) comes the new Phoenix...


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