In June 2019, Peninsula Innovation Partners, LLC and Signature Development Group, on behalf of Facebook, Inc., resubmitted an updated proposed project that further refined and updated the proposed master plan development and incorporated feedback given by the members of the public and the City Council at its May 7, 2019 study session. City staff is currently evaluating the resubmitted application materials to outline the review process, create a tentative project schedule, and review and evaluate the overall proposed project. The review process also includes initiating the required environmental analysis of the proposed project. An environmental impact report (EIR) is being prepared for the proposed project.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the City released the notice of preparation (NOP) for the environmental impact report beginning the 30-day comment period on the scope and content of the proposed project’s EIR. The notice of preparation is part of the environmental review process and identifies that an EIR will be prepared for the proposed project. The NOP is available for review at the Community Development counter in City Hall, both city library locations and the on the City’s Willow Village project page.
The Planning Commission will host an EIR scoping session at 7 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019. During the scoping session, staff will request input from members of the public and the Planning Commission on topics that should be addressed in the environmental analysis.
In addition to any verbal public comments provided at the EIR scoping session, written comments may be submitted on the scope and content of the EIR to Principal Planner Kyle Perata (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2019. Please include “Proposed Willow Village Master Plan Project EIR” as the email subject line. Comments can also be sent via U.S. mail to Kyle Perata, Planning Division, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Following the close of the EIR scoping comment period, the City and its consultant will review and consider all information and comments received with regard to the content and scope of the draft EIR.
As of June 2019, the key changes from the previous version of the proposed project (received February 2018) are outlined below:
Redesign of the site plan, including the on-site vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle circulation along with modifications to the general layout and footprints of the proposed mixed-use and office buildings;
Modifications to the initial concepts for the Main Street and Town Square areas to promote walkability, biking and social gathering;
Relocation of full-service grocery store and pharmacy (closer to a proposed site entrance from Willow Road);
Larger 4-acre aggregated community park, playground and recreation fields along Willow Road, where open space was previously proposed to be distributed throughout the project site;
Inclusion of a proposed indoor space for community serving facilities/uses adjacent to the community park;
Addition of a separate publicly accessible dog park;
Further integration of the office campus with the mixed-use neighborhood components (including ground floor retail uses in the office buildings open to the public fronting along Main Street);
Consolidation of office parking into two, versus three, garage structures;
Increase in the number of proposed housing units from 1,500 units to 1,735 units (with a minimum of 15 percent below market rate “BMR” units);
Increase in the number of hotel rooms from approximately 200 to a possible maximum of up to 250 rooms; and
Increase in neighborhood-serving retail/non-office commercial uses from approximately 126,500 square feet to up to a maximum of approximately 200,000 square feet.
The City received the initial application on July 6, 2017, to comprehensively redevelop the former ProLogis Menlo Science and Technology Park, located along Willow Road at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue.
The approximately 59-acre existing subject site contains 20 buildings with a mix of office, research and development and warehousing uses, which encompass the following address ranges: 1350-1390 Willow Road, 925-1098 Hamilton Ave, and 1005-1275 Hamilton Court. Facebook currently occupies several of the existing building on the project site.
The proposed project is commonly referred to as the Willow Village Master Plan and generally includes the following components:
A Development Agreement and Conditional Development Permit to comprehensively redevelop the site through a master plan process;
A maximum square footage of approximately 200,000 square feet of retail/non-office commercial uses, including a grocery store, pharmacy and restaurant uses;
Approximately 1,735 multi-family housing units, including a minimum of 15 percent (or a minimum of approximately 261 units) of which would be below market rate (BMR) units;
A hotel with between 200 and 250 rooms and food services;
An approximately 4 acre public park, a dog park, and additional public open space distributed throughout the site;
An approximately 10,000 square foot indoor space dedicated for community facilities/uses adjacent to the public park;
An approximately 0.7-acre town square; and
Approximately 1,750,000 square feet of offices for Facebook.
The proposed project utilizes the bonus levels for density, floor area ratio (FAR) and height in exchange for community benefits, as defined in the Zoning Ordinance.
The proposed project would demolish existing onsite buildings and landscaping and construct new buildings within three sub-districts: a Town Square District, a Residential/Shopping District, and a Campus District. The Town Square and Residential/Shopping Districts would include the proposed multi-family dwelling units, hotel, publicly accessible open space, and the majority of the non-office commercial uses. The Campus District would contain 1,750,000 square feet of offices for Facebook and a portion of the non-office commercial/retail, which would be located along the ground floor of the office buildings on Main Street and open to members of the public.
The site currently contains approximately 1,000,000 square feet of non-residential uses. The proposed project would result in a net increase of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of non-residential uses (not including the hotel, space for community facilities/uses, and ancillary park buildings/improvements), for approximately 2,000,000 square feet of nonresidential commercial uses at the project site.
The proposed project is anticipated to be developed in three phases:
Phase 1 consists of approximately 595,000 sf of offices, 767 residential units, and 3,000 sf of retail;
Phase 2 consists of approximately 633,000 sf of offices, 633 residential units, and 35,000 sf of retail; and
Phase 3 consists of approximately 522,000 sf of offices, 335 residential units, and 137,000 sf of retail.
The project site would generally be developed beginning along the southern portion of the site and moving north with the northwest portion being completed last. The phasing plan may be further refined throughout the City’s review process.
City actions required on proposed project
It is anticipated that the following city actions (e.g. agreements, permits, analyses, and reviews) would be required for the proposed project:oDevelopment agreement (DA)