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Menlo Park: Facebook to move employee health clinic to new location

Some of the building would be used by employees for music rehearsal

Rehearsing for a rock band at an employees-only health clinic? That's what Facebook plans to allow its employees to do after receiving permission from the Menlo Park Planning Commission to relocate its on-site medical and dental care center for employees to 923/925 Hamilton Ave.

Facebook acquired the property in February 2015 when it purchased the 56-acre Menlo Science and Technology Park, formerly owned by Prologis Inc.

The plan is to dedicate 19,500 square feet of the 24,000-square-foot building to medical, dental and vision services for employees. Full-time employees at Facebook, and some dependents of those employees who are over 12 years old, would be allowed to access health services there.

The clinic would run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and would be expected to handle about 175 patients a day, with a staff of about 30.

The other 4,500 square feet would be an open office and "employee amenities space," according to a letter to city staff from Steve Tsuruoka, senior project manager at Facebook.

The plan is to turn the "amenities space" into a music-rehearsal room for employees. It would replace another drop-in music room used for band practices, according to a memo from Robert Eckols of Fehr and Peers, which analyzed the potential traffic impacts of the project.

According to the memo, the number of vehicle trips the clinic and music-rehearsal space would create would be lower than those created by the building's previous use for research and development since most people visiting would be coming from the nearby Facebook headquarters and likely would not drive.

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23 people like this
Posted by Boardermom
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

While I'm envious of corporate amenities, having spent most of my career in non-profits where amenities began and ended with Peet's coffee and real half and half, when large corporations bring services in house, they essentially starve the surroundings communities from reaping the economic rewards of thriving local small businesses. East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park are particularly vulnerable and would greatly benefit from the monetary influx out of house services could provide to the community.


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Posted by Government
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jun 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

I also truly hopes that the government steps in to regulate the purchases made by individuals in Menlo Park. Shopping on amazon.com essentially starves the surrounding communities from reaping the economic rewards of thriving local small businesses. East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park are particularly vulnerable.

As a startup founder competing with the likes of Facebook, I really hope that Menlo Park can regulate facebook so that they are forced to cut perks as it is quite difficult to attract talent. Maybe have a regulation that requires facebook to supply me with some engineers.

Also, please remember not to tax my property to fund community services as we all know that stream of income would be too reliable. I want to have my cake and eat it too.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2016 at 7:51 am

@Government, isn't it more likely that businesses such as yours that can't compete with the likes of Facebook or Amazon will simply go extinct? Survival of the fittest, no? What do you want the government to do, step in and tell people to stop buying things on Amazon? Ridiculous, I look forward to your company declaring bankruptcy.


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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 11, 2016 at 10:37 am

@Bob

I don't believe @Government is being serious. He/She is using sarcasm to criticize @Boardermom's arguments.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Will the 30 or so employees of the clinic be able to afford to live in Menlo Park? It would be nice for Menlo Park businesses if more Facebook employees lived and spent money in our community.


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