Willow Village

Facebook Willow Village
On May 19, 2020, 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. The updated plan set and project narrative replace the project plans and narrative from June 2019. 

The Planning Commission held an EIR scoping session at 7 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019. During the scoping session, staff requested input from members of the public and the Planning Commission on topics that should be addressed in the environmental analysis. The Planning Commission also held a study session on October 7, 2019 to review and provide general comments on the proposed updated project, inclusive of all plan set updates through the October 1, 2019 plan set submittal.

The City and its consultant are reviewing and considering all information and comments received with regard to the content and scope of the draft EIR. The public comments received during the NOP comment period are provided on this web page in the Environmental review section. A draft EIR is currently being prepared for the project and will be posted on this web page when available.

Project changes

As of June 2019, the key changes from the previous version of the proposed project (received February 2018) include: 
  • 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.

Project background

The City received the initial application 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 multifamily 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 on-site buildings and landscaping and construct new buildings within three subdistricts: a town square district, a residential/shopping district and a campus district. The town square and residential/shopping districts would include the proposed multifamily 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 the main street and open to members of the public.

The site currently contains approximately 1,000,000 square feet of nonresidential uses. The proposed project would result in a net increase of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of nonresidential 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:
  1. Phase 1 consists of approximately 595,000 sf of offices, 767 residential units and 3,000 sf of retail
  2. Phase 2 consists of approximately 633,000 sf of offices, 633 residential units and 35,000 sf of retail
  3. 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:
  • Development agreement (DA)
  • Conditional development permit (CDP)
  • General plan and zoning map amendments
  • Rezoning to incorporate the “X” overlay district
  • Below market rate (BMR) housing agreement
  • Vesting tentative map/subdivision
  • Architectural control/future design review
  • Heritage tree removal permits
  • Fiscal impact analysis
  • Appraisal/community amenity value analysis
  • Certification of an environmental impact report