Proposed general plan changes would allow up to 4,500 more housing units, 2.3 million more square feet of nonresidential space, and 400 more hotel rooms in the M-2 area. Those changes could increase the number of employees by 5,500.
The Facebook expansion project shows plans to knock down several buildings on the TE Connectivity site (bounded roughly by Constitution Drive, Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway) and build three 75-foot-tall buildings: two offices buildings totaling 962,400 square feet, a 200-room hotel occupying 174,88 square feet, and 3,533 parking spaces. (The hotel would be available to the public to book rooms, said Kyle Perata, senior planner for the city.)
Combined, the new Facebook buildings could accommodate about 6,550 additional employees.
A fiscal analysis shows that the project could yield annual revenues of $1.07 million for the city of Menlo Park, $17,400 for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and $717,100 for the Sequoia Unified School District.
Facebook's plans are "consistent with the current general plan," said Mr. Perata, and would fit with the uses and zoning planned in the updated general plan.
Draft environmental impact reports on one or both of the projects were due to be reviewed by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday night, June 20, after the Almanac went to press.
Check AlmanacNews.com for updates.
Links and information
• Go to tinyurl.com/watch479 to watch the meeting online.
• Go to tinyurl.com/FBplan475 to read the staff report on the Facebook expansion project.
• Go to tinyurl.com/M2plan281 to read the staff report on the General Plan update.
How to comment
The deadline to submit comments on the Facebook project's draft environmental impact report is 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: City of Menlo Park, Community Development Department, Planning Division, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.
The deadline to submit comments on the draft environmental impact report for the general plan update is 5 p.m. Friday, July 15. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Menlo Park General Plan Update EIR" in the subject line, or mailed to: Deanna Chow, city of Menlo Park Planning Division, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park 94025.
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