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.