Welcome to Zuckerville! Facebook is developing its own city near Silicon Valley HQ complete with 1,700 apartments, a supermarket, hotel and new offices

 Facebook is developing its own city right next to its Silicon Valley headquarters - meaning some employees, if they choose to live there, will never have to leave the confines of the social media giant's expanding empire.    

Mark Zuckerberg's social network, which has 2.9 billion users, is now planning to build a real life community called Willow Park on a 59-acre site in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook and Signature Development Group are behind the proposed plans for the new city. 


The most recent plans, which were updated in May, show the development will be built where a single-use industrial and warehouse complex currently stands.

Facebook already owns several of the existing buildings on the site. 

Mark Zuckerberg's social network, which has 2.9 billion users, is now planning to build a real life community called Willow Park on a 59-acre site in Menlo Park, California. Pictured above is a rendering from the plans

Mark Zuckerberg's social network, which has 2.9 billion users, is now planning to build a real life community called Willow Park on a 59-acre site in Menlo Park, California. Pictured above is a rendering from the plans

The plans for the new city feature feature 1,729 apartments, a supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and restaurants and a 193-room hotel, as well as multiple park public parks and Facebook office space

The plans for the new city feature feature 1,729 apartments, a supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and restaurants and a 193-room hotel, as well as multiple park public parks and Facebook office space

It will feature 1,729 apartments, including about 320 that will be affordable housing and up to 120 units designated for senior housing. 

The city will be built between Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, which is a heavily populated Hispanic neighborhood. 

The housing units will not be exclusively for Facebook employees. 

A number of the non-affordable housing units, however, will likely be taken up by Facebook employees. The company made headlines several years ago when they started offering staff more money if they lived within 10 miles of the campus. 

The plans for the new city also feature a supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and restaurants and a 193-room hotel.

The 200,000 square feet of planned retail space will be built around a 1.5-acre town square.

Separate to the town square will be a four-acre public park, a two-acre elevated park similar to New York City's High Line and other public open spaces.  

In addition to the housing and retail spaces, Facebook also plans to have 1.25 million square feet of new office, meeting and conference room space for the social media company. 

It will be built where a single-use industrial and warehouse complex currently stands on a 59-acre site adjacent to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Facebook already owns several of the existing buildings on the site

It will be built where a single-use industrial and warehouse complex currently stands on a 59-acre site adjacent to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Facebook already owns several of the existing buildings on the site

Facebook and Signature Development Group are behind the proposed plans for the new city

Facebook and Signature Development Group are behind the proposed plans for the new city

There will also be a four-acre public park, a two-acre elevated park similar to New York City's High Line and other public open spaces

There will also be a four-acre public park, a two-acre elevated park similar to New York City's High Line and other public open spaces

The 200,000 square feet of planned retail space will be built around a 1.5-acre town square

The 200,000 square feet of planned retail space will be built around a 1.5-acre town square

Only Facebook employees will be allowed access to the office spaces. 

The new office space will allow Facebook to expand and employee about 3,400 new employees.  

Recent renderings show a mostly modernist design for the city, which includes a large glass dome building specifically for Facebook employees.

Facebook first submitted an application for the city back in 2017 to redevelop the former ProLogis Menlo Science and Technology Park.

The company and the developers spent at least two years obtaining public comments about its plans for Willow Park. 

Among the main concerns from locals was that the new city would worsen the already heavy traffic in the area and further increase the high ratio of jobs to housing.

Facebook updated its plans late last year to account for these concerns.

Recent renderings show a mostly modernist design for the city, which includes a large glass dome (pictured on right) building specifically for Facebook employees

Recent renderings show a mostly modernist design for the city, which includes a large glass dome (pictured on right) building specifically for Facebook employees

It will feature 1,729 apartments, including about 320 that will be affordable housing and up to 120 units designated for senior housing

It will feature 1,729 apartments, including about 320 that will be affordable housing and up to 120 units designated for senior housing

The plans for the new city also feature a supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and restaurants and a 193-room hotel

The plans for the new city also feature a supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and restaurants and a 193-room hotel

Facebook first submitted an application for the city back in 2017 to redevelop the former ProLogis Menlo Science and Technology Park

Facebook first submitted an application for the city back in 2017 to redevelop the former ProLogis Menlo Science and Technology Park

They reduced the number of employee capacity by 30 percent and added more than 220 homes. 

Facebook also agreed to prioritize the construction of the supermarket and other community amenities that can be accessed by non-employees.  

The City of Menlo Park is still reviewing the proposal and is preparing an Environmental Impact Report. 

Facebook now joins a host of tech companies that are getting involved in construction projects. 

Google last year released plans for a San Jose 'city-within-a-city' development that would add 7.3 million square feet of office space and 4,000 homes to the downtown area. 

The Google village, named Downtown West, would include shops, restaurants, a hotel, and cultural and entertainment hubs.

It would also potentially act as the campus for 25,000 Google employees. 

Google submitted its initial application to the San Jose planning division in October 2019. 

Google agreed to work with the city to ensure that 25 percent of the homes would be affordable. 

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