I think there are a lot of people in Alameda who believe that if they keep on insisting that the best and highest use for Alameda Point is business that will stop all housing from coming in as though housing and business is some how not a compatible mixture of uses. So it was with great interest that a ton of folks have been writing about Facebook, yes THAT Facebook, and their foray into supporting residential uses close to their super campus in Menlo Park.
From SF Gate:
The social network giant has partnered on a new, 394-unit apartment complex to be built “within walking distance” of its headquarters and campus in Menlo Park.
The $120 million, 630,000-square-foot complex, called Anton Menlo, is a partnership between Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners.
[I]t will have a mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. As part of Facebook’s agreement with the city, 15 below-market-rate units are set aside for low-income tenants. Rents TBA.
It also has, in the words of KTGY principal Keith Labus, “everything the young professional could want to complement their busy lifestyle.” Besides the routine pool, communal kitchen facilities and rooftop deck, other amenities include a “grab-and-go” convenience store, sports pub, bike repair shop, a yoga room with personal trainer, and a pet spa with doggy day care.
And Business Insider has a full complement of renderings.
But here are some I that I grabbed from the agenda packet:
All apartments, the parking in enclosed in the center of the apartment building (that big whitish looking thing in the middle). Which just goes to show that even the super campus user needs to create some “there” for its workers even with all the bells and whistles that it provides on site. So I guess the issue is a bit of a chicken and an egg scenario. Do we build the egg first (the housing) or expect the chicken (campus user) to come in and then lay the egg themselves.