On February 11, 2020, the City Council conditionally approved the proposed project, accepting the Planning Commission recommendation from their January 13, 2020 meeting to approve the proposal by citizenM for a conditional development permit amendment (CDP) to increase the approved number of hotel rooms from 200 to 240 rooms and decrease the number of onsite parking spaces from 245 to 118 parking spaces. The approval allows citizenM to move forward with developing plans for the construction phase of the hotel at the Facebook West Campus. The hotel use was previously approved as part of the CDP for the Facebook Campus Expansion Project. The approximately 90,868 square foot, five-story hotel would consist of 240 hotel rooms, a restaurant, and hotel amenities. The proposed project would utilize modular construction.
citizenM is working with city staff and Facebook to address the conditions of approval and associated requirements as their team develops the construction drawings and technical reports needed to submit a building permit application and begin construction. The amended and restated CDP is available under related documents. As a condition of the CDP, citizenM will be sponsoring a public engagement process to solicit input on the design of a mural on the face of the building. Further information regarding that process will be posted when available.
On July 22, 2019, the Planning Commission held a study session to review an initial version of the proposed hotel project. The Commission's feedback on the proposal included the following general guidance:
Support of the shared parking between the hotel and the Facebook parking garage but identified questions about the availability of parking in the garage
Recommendation to do additional outreach and work with the surrounding community on the type of building mounted artwork
Consider exploring additional screening or sun shading options
Recommendation to prioritize hiring staff from the local community
On January 13, 2020, the Planning Commission reviewed revised plans and unanimously voted to recommend that the City Council approve the amendments to the CDP and requested that prior to the City Council hearing the applicant provide a rendering with landscaping of the Bayfront Expressway elevation and explore ways to emphasize the driveway and lobby entrances. The Planning Commission staff report F2 CitizenM Hotel is available for review under the related documents section
The City Council considered the Planning Commission's recommendation at the meeting of February 11, 2020. At this meeting, the City Council approved the project (4-0-1, with Council Member Combs recused), with additional conditions of approval added to the project related to the transportation impact fee (TIF), first source hiring, and potential transportation improvements in the Bayfront Area. The City Council staff report is available under related documents.
The proposed revisions to the approved CDP and the detailed architectural plans for the proposed hotel have been evaluated for consistency with the certified Facebook Campus Expansion Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the Addendum to the certified EIR. A second EIR addendum to the certified Facebook Campus Expansion Project EIR has been prepared for the proposed project.