On February 25, 2019, citizenM submitted a proposed project to construct a hotel on a portion of the Facebook West Campus. The hotel use was previously approved as part of the conditional development permit (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. The proposal includes a request for a conditional development permit amendment 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 proposal required the following action:
Conditional development permit amendment (including architectural review of the proposed hotel design)
On July 22, 2019, the Planning Commission held a study session to review an initial version of the proposed 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 voted (7-0) to recommend that the City Council approve the modifications 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 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 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, which is available here.