On March 31, 2015, Hibiscus Properties, LLC on behalf of Facebook submitted a preliminary application for the proposed redevelopment of the TE Connectivity campus located at 301-309 Constitution Drive. The site is located between Chilco Street and the recently completed Building 20, formerly referred to as Facebook’s West Campus.
The proposal includes construction of two new office buildings totaling 962,400 square feet (a net increase of approximately 126,600 square feet of offices) plus publicly-accessible open space and a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Bayfront Expressway, providing a more direct connection from the Belle Haven neighborhood to the Bay Trail.
The proposed buildings would have a similar look, feel, and height as Building 20. The application also includes the potential for a 200-room limited service hotel of approximately 174,800 square feet at the corner of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway. Development of the office buildings and hotel would result in a net increase of approximately 121,300 square feet at the Project Site. The development would be phased over time as the existing tenants (Pentair and TE Connectivity) vacate the property.
The proposed project would require the following actions:
Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to include hotels as conditional uses within the M-2 zoning district. The text amendment would be consistent with the Limited Industry Land Use Designation of the existing General Plan;
Rezone entire site from M-2 (General Industrial) and M-2(X) (General Industrial, Conditional Development) to M-2(X) (General Industrial, Conditional Development) to allow for a Conditional Development Permit to permit the proposal to diverge from standard M-2 zoning district requirements;
Conditional Development Permit (CDP) to redevelop the approximately 58 acre site with approximately 962,400 square feet of offices and a 200 room hotel of approximately 174,800 square feet. Including the existing Building 23 (approximately 180,100 square feet), the maximum gross floor area for offices would be approximately 1.143 million square feet, which is within maximum 45 percent floor area ratio (FAR) for offices. With the hotel, the maximum gross floor area would be approximately 1.318 million square feet, or 52 percent FAR, which is consistent with the FAR maximum of up to 55 percent for all other uses. The CDP would permit maximum building heights of up to 75 feet and allow building coverage to potentially exceed 50 percent of the site, as well as to define all other development standards. The CDP would also include the existing Building 20 (1 Facebook Way);
Development Agreement for the provision of overall benefits to the City and adequate development controls in exchange for vested rights for the Facebook Campus Expansion Project;
Heritage Tree Removal Permits to permit the removal of approximately 274 heritage trees associated with the proposed project;
Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Agreement, per the requirements of the City’s Municipal Code, which would help increase the affordable housing supply by requiring the applicant to provide monies for the BMR fund or by procuring off-site BMR units;
Lot Reconfiguration to modify the location of two legal lots or merge the legal lots that comprise the project site and the adjacent lot for Building 20;
Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project; and
Draft Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) to analyze the project’s revenue and cost effects on the City and applicable outside agencies.