In an ever expanding universe of Facebook’s influence, the social media conglomerate is jumping across the bay to Fremont for additional space. According to a report by the San Jose Mercury News, Facbook leased 190,000 square feet at the Ardenwood district in Fremont, where it could bring as many as 1,000 employees. The company leased two buildings from the Sobrato Organization.
The properties are located at 6530 Paseo Padre Parkway and 6422 Commerce Drive. The Paseo Padre building is 100,000 square feet, while the Commerce Drive building is 90,000 square feet.
The expansion into Fremont is not unusual for the company. Anecdotally, it is known that the company has been using the hotels in Newark extensively for its employees visiting from other locations. The proximity to housing in Fremont is also going to be attractive as the city looks to create a viable downtown and add thousands of housing units, including a new school, which broke ground in October.
Sobrato already works with Facebook in Menlo Park. The Silicon Valley stalwart developer leases 162-164 Jefferson Dr. in Menlo Park to Facebook, where the company occupies 270,000 square feet in two buildings that Sobrato completed in 2015.
Sobrato owns and manages more than 75 office and R&D projects comprising over 7.5 million square feet of space in Silicon Valley, according to its web site. The company’s projects range from R&D facilities for biotechnology companies to Class A office space for leading technology firms.
In September of 2017, The Registry covered a SamTrans Dumbarton Corridor Study, which had recently been completed. The study, which is examining alternatives for the Dumbarton Bridge in conjunction with the aging rail bridge, was reactivated in early 2016 after Facebook agreed to cover the study’s $1.2 million cost.
The Dumbarton corridor connects the cities of Newark, Fremont and Union City in the East Bay, and Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto on the Peninsula. All of those cities are participating in the study, and have in one way or another been impacted by growing companies like Facebook.
Others involved in the Dumbarton study include the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District—the public transportation authority for western Alameda and Contra Costa counties—and social networking giant Facebook, which employs thousands of workers throughout the region at its headquarters in Menlo Park and elsewhere.
Earlier this year, Palo Alto-based Tesla leased two buildings in Fremont’s Ardenwood area a short distance from Facebook’s future Fremont operations. Tesla is undertaking a major renovation of the buildings, which total 235,000 square feet.
Fremont officials believe more tech firms could be enticed by Ardenwood.