The Facebook Willow Campus will be an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide much needed services, housing and transit solutions as well as office space . Part of the vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services. It is planned to build 125,000 square feet of new retail space, including a grocery store, pharmacy and additional community-facing retail.
Housing is also critically important to these efforts. It is expected for the campus to contribute significantly to the housing supply by building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15% of which will be offered at below market rates. This added on-site housing should also mitigate traffic impacts from growth.
The region’s failure to continue to invest in transportation infrastructure alongside growth has led to congestion and delay. Willow Campus will be an opportunity to catalyze regional transit investment by providing planned density sufficient to support new east-west connections and a future transit center.
Facebook's campus expansion project is part of a major transformation that the Bay Area is facing. The accumulation of lucrative job centers in this mostly-suburban environment has increased the demand for transportation. However, regional infrastructure improvements have hardly caught up with this demand, and scarce alternative modal choices have been developed for public use.
In this context, our primary goal was to identify strategies and solutions flexible enough to embrace a range of future scenarios. Connecting people and communities is also about designing a physical infrastructure that provides equal opportunities for people to move, meet, and communicate. Public transportation, private transit services, ridesharing, carpooling, cycling and walking are not only more sustainable transportation options, but are also a means for serendipitous encounters and the exchange of knowledge.
It is because of this that MIC developed a strategic plan to activate the Dumbarton multimodal corridor which would increase accessibility to the campus and also to local communities by providing several alternatives to car dependency.
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