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Facebook to move to Stanford Research Park

Original post made on Aug 18, 2008

The Internet firm Facebook, headquartered in downtown Palo Alto with more than 600 employees at five offices, will move a substantial portion of its operations to a site at Stanford Research Park, the company confirmed Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 18, 2008, 1:08 PM

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Posted by jc
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

now where can i go to watch a bunch of facebookies strolling about, proud of their accomplishments?


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Posted by Recession or Depression!!
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

This is going to leave a lot of empty office space Downtown. This will cause further recession Downtown. Watch as restaurants and retail slowly close.


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Posted by Thomas
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm

On the other hand it might be a boon to Cal Avenue.


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Posted by Face Booked
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Man, she squeezed out Ben Ling...and now the building itself doesn't want to be around her! Zuck, she's making us miserable!!


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Posted by Roger
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

The 1601 CA Ave. bldg., is now going to be used by Facebook. Many of us have loved the place, It is a great use of the building that we all used to call H-P's Scientific Instruments Division. We made the planet's best gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers there from the early '70 on. Thanks Ned! Check the Agilent website, but do those readers even know?

I was a major exponent for this (GC/MS)cutting-edge chemical measurement technology world-wide all those years. It was very satisfying to be a missionary for our new products. It will be sad to eventually see the old Granger building be 'excessed', but, hey, 'Time Marches On!'

Roger



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Posted by Too Much Traffic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2008 at 10:40 am

If restaurants and retail close in PA due to Facebook leaving downtown, that will be good--it will cut down on the traffic in town. In fact, Facebook should be encouraged to move to another city--that will mean less traffic also.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Dear "Too Much Traffic"
In Redwood City, we'd be glad to take Facebook -- and ALL of the stores/businesses on University Ave. -- off Palo Alto's hands. Then you can turn ALL of Palo Alto's restaurants and retail into MORE PARKS (definitely not housing).

Do PA residents like "Too Much Traffic" want to lose all that tax revenue from businesses, and drive to other towns for all goods and services (or will they bike?).

Many of Palo Alto's current traffic problems come from not allowing reasonable planning for normal traffic over the years. You've dead-ended/one-wayed the town into a mess.


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Posted by Too much traffic blah blah blah
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Good riddance! Forget about Facebook and forget about technological innovation!

Those Facebook employees with their wallets full of disposable income should not be here in Palo Alto. They're causing too much traffic. Palo Alto should kick out one of the next Fortune 500 companies for the sake of reducing traffic. We don't need this tax generating company b/c they're causing too much traffic!

Too much traffic! blah blah blah...

^^ 'neighbor' you do realize the sarcasm right?


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Posted by AuBonPain
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

"The site is slated for eventual conversion to housing under a 2005 agreement between the city and Stanford University" - And yet more office/commercial space will fall to housing, driving companies into the waiting arms of our southern neighbors. Sad to see.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm

this will have a negligible effect on downtown businesses and restaurants. FB doesn't pay their employees well enough to result in substantial spill over to the local vendors.

FB is a very "dense" tenant, so their departure may improve the parking situation downtown. other businesses that will rent the space FB vacates are going to more than replace the shortfall for local merchants, if any.


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Posted by Roger M.
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Good Riddance! That will hopefully decrease the rental prices in Palo Alto...


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Posted by Kerry
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

This should be an interesting test case for all those College Terrace folks who complained about the Mayfield deal. Those who opposed it complained about too much traffic. They had become used to underutilized SRP properties. Well, they are about to get a full monty view of a highly utilized version.

I think they will, finally, come to their senses. The housing element of the Mayfield deal will look very good to them, by comparison.


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Posted by sunil kasliwal
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm

This should be an interesting test case for all those College Terrace folks who complained about the Mayfield deal. Those who opposed it complained about too much traffic. They had become used to underutilized SRP properties. Well, they are about to get a full monty view of a highly utilized version.

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