Facebook submits updated plans for Willow Village development

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Today Facebook unveiled revised plans for its Willow Village development in eastern Menlo Park, which aims to replace 1 million square feet of aging industrial office and warehouse buildings on the south side of Willow Road with a mixed-used development featuring homes, offices, stores and a walkable main street and town hall.

The updated plans were submitted to the city of Menlo Park following 18 months of community outreach with residents in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, along with community organizations and leaders, company officials said.

The project features 1,500 residential units, 15-percent at below market rate, along with 200,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail, 1.75 million square feet of office space and the hotel will have 200-250 rooms.

Key revisions to the new plan, according to company officials, include a relocated full-service grocery store and pharmacy next to the Belle Haven neighborhood; a larger community park, children’s play areas and recreation fields along Willow Road; a community center; and better integration of the office campus into the mixed-use neighborhood.

Facebook also announced today that Signature Development Group will lead the project’s public approval process, stakeholder engagement and build-out.

The company called its updated project is consistent with Menlo Park’s General Plan and is a “more open and inclusive” approach.

“We look forward to making progress on this plan for much needed housing, retail, office and parks that serves both the needs of Facebook and our neighbors,” officials said.

To learn more about the project, click here.

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