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Facebook submits revised plans for Willow Village

Original post made on Feb 8, 2019

Facebook submitted updated plans this morning (Feb. 8) for Willow Village, a proposal by the company to build 1.75 million square feet of office space, 1,500 housing units, up to 200,000 square feet of retail space, and a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms on a 60-acre parcel currently occupied by about 1 million square feet of office and warehouse buildings.

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Posted by First address traffic
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm

First address traffic and transportation, then build. After the rail corridor is developed and there’s adequate infrastructure, schools, transportation improvement then Facebook can develop, not the other way around. Residents shouldn’t be caught in traffic nightmare and have to wait decades till the issues are addressed

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm

But it's Facebook, and they usually get what they want.....

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2019 at 5:17 pm

Same concern as those for the Greystar project.
Are all these multi-story buildings near the Bay impacting the weather in the rest of MP? It's the breezes off the Bay which have helped make our summers and early fall bearable. What sort of impact do all these structures have on our temperatures and air quality? Environmental Impact Reports which take into account weather and air impacts should be required. Unfortunately I don't believe that was done with the large Bohannon project. It should be requirement with all planned structures over 25' tall.

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Posted by Where's the Housing
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 8, 2019 at 5:31 pm

So 5,000 workers and 1,500 housing units. Bad math. More housing!

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Where are the library, the schools and the fire station?

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Posted by Menlo Boomer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm

I'm with "First address traffic" - all new people have to fix the problems that we oldsters created! No way we're giving up our sweet, sweet Prop 13 subsidies. Traffic is when OTHER people drive, not when I do it!!

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

Another Facebook Project that needs Council approval? Well, at least 3 council members can vote....2 have an interest either contributions to an foundation or employment. The question is "will the other council members vote to help residents, and address traffic concerns first? I have confidence in the other 3....fingers crossed!!!

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Brian is a registered user.


How about the new "people" wanting to add massive new housing prevent the problem from getting worse and do their part to make the community a better place for everyone? Too much to ask (well too bad). That area needs a new library, a full service bank and a full size grocery store. The residents of this new "Village" will add lots of traffic to already congested streets, yes even if they work at Facebook. What are the plans to mitigate that impact?

As for your Prop 13 quip, there are no "subsidies". Anyone who owns property benefits from prop 13, even if they only bought a few years ago because it keeps their taxes from skyrocketing every year.

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Posted by climate change is coming to Facebook
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

Anyone else concerned that that whole area will be under sea-level in 50-70 years? And who will be paying for the damage and rebuilding over and over again? (not that they should, but if the past is any predictor of the future....)

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Posted by climate change is coming to Facebook
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 10, 2019 at 10:27 am

Remember this map of 3-6' local sea rise?
Web Link

And this interactive map
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Web Link

From what I can surmise, scientists expect at least a foot rise in the next 30 years, and 3 feet by 2100, which will lead to further storm flooding. More extreme (but possible) scenarios expect 5-10 feet sea level rise by 2100.

So if the town approves anything that doesn't accommodate for this rise, there will be billions of completely predicted damage.

And to the other comments, the balance of housing to office space is way off. Facebook should build enough housing for all increases in employees/contractors/others.

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Posted by Menlo Boomer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm

"Brian", how dare you frame my remarks as a "quip"? I'm as serious as a heart attack, and I should know since I've had several.

I can't stay mad at you, though, since I know how hard you work to keep our community protected from change. How lucky are we to have arrived in Menlo Park at _exactly_ the right time?

Keep responding- I love the attention and amplification!

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