At Monday's Planning Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a use permit 5-0 for Facebook to move its wellness center, as well as a music practice room, to 923-925 Hamilton Ave. Commissioner Andrew Barnes was absent and Vice Chair Drew Combs, a Facebook employee, recused himself from the discussion.
The new offices and music room, less than 1,000 feet from their current location on the East Campus, north of Bayfront Expressway at the Willow Road intersection, will be twice as large, according to a Facebook official.
"We basically outgrew our facility on the East Campus," said Steve Tsuruoca, a senior project manager with Facebook.
Facebook will use 19,500 square feet of the 24,000-square-foot existing one-floor office building for medical, dental and vision services offices, with the remainder housing the music room and flexible space.
The site would only be open to Facebook employees and their dependents over the age of 12, and the tech company said most patients would visit the site "by walking, bicycling, or using the intra-campus shuttle van service," according to a staff report.
"I think that Facebook has certainly done well at alleviating the traffic fears of the community," Commissioner John Onken said.