Facebook bought the 57-acre former Sun campus at 10 Network Circle in December. It has asked the city to permit more employees than were previously allowed on the site — 3,000 more, and another 2,800 on the 22-acre site the company bought across the street, for a total of 9,400 employees by 2017, according to documents filed with the city.
On May 16, the commissioners heard Menlo Park residents share what they thought the project's environmental impact report (EIR) should consider, including bicycle access, pedestrian safety, and wildlife preservation.
Matt Henry, speaking for the Belle Haven Neighborhood Association, brought up the interchange between Willow Road and U.S. 101, saying it had been overlooked in the proposed EIR. "At eight different places on this interchange, cars and people compete for space," he said and advocated for a pedestrian bridge running from the Belle Haven side of the highway to Bay Road on the other side.
Representatives from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project urged the commission to keep the wildlife refuge that borders the campus.
The commissioners also viewed a presentation by the social networking giant that included a glimpse of what the campus might look like once Facebook finishes renovations by 2013.
"Facebook is really all about communication and making connections," Director of Real Estate John Tenanes said. As a result, the company wants to open up the buildings to facilitate employee interaction. He showed renditions of garage-type doors that would open from the office buildings into a central courtyard as an example.
Menlo Park will also accept written comments on what items to include in the EIR until May 26. Email comments to Development Services Manager Justin Murphy at email@example.com or send to 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.