Facebook unveils massive expansion project called "Willow Campus"

Facebook unveils massive expansion project called

Facebook hopes that by locating housing and essential services close to its headquarters, the new plan will help alleviate what has become intense traffic congestion.

The San Francisco Bay area has found itself in a textbook case of supply-and-demand, as technology companies continue to aggregate and expand into its limited land area, costs have surged.

The social media giant enlisted OMA's NY office to redevelop the former Menlo Science & Technology Park, a 56-acre property that the social media giant acquired previous year, located south of its headquarters.

It published a video "Facebook and the Community" in the announcement and titled its blog post "Investing in Menlo Park and the Community".

Part of the long time plan according to the social media giant, will be to create a neighborhood center that will provided community services to inhabitants. The company said the residential housing will be for "local workers" as well as Facebook employees. Mentioning a blog post by Facebook, the report said that the company has planned to build 125,000 square feet of new retail space.

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The Willow Campus plan calls for 1,500 units of housing, 15 per cent of which would be offered at below market rates, according to Tenanes.

Facebook said it would file plans with the city this month and that the review process would take two years.

Construction will follow, with the first phase projected to be completed in early 2021.

After connecting people across the world on a common social media platform, Facebook is now planning to create a community in the physical world too. We've also enrolled local high school students from East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and Redwood City in our six-week summer internship program.

Facebook moved to its present location two years ago. "The community benefits will be open and accessible to everyone". Facebook has partnered with architectural firm OMA New York to design the facilities. Designed by Frank Gehry, Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park occupies 430,000-square-foot, and is a beauty to build.

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