Facebook plans facility in Redmond, Wash., near Microsoft

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, holds his phone after the morning session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, July 13, 2018. 



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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, holds his phone after the morning session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, July 13, 2018. 

Redmond, Washington, has been the home of Microsoft for decades, but the maker of Word may soon have company. Facebook is planning a 650,000 square-foot office project in Redmond, Washington, according to a report Tuesday.

The company has approached the city with plans for two buildings, which could be six stories tall and include office space, labs, kitchens and an event center, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, which cites emails and public records.

The project is currently being referred to as “Building X,” according to the report.

Facebook has not yet applied for building permits, but a project schedule sent to the city shows that the company hopes to demolish existing buildings on the allotted land as soon as May, according to the report.

Despite its scandals with security breach, the handling of user data and the spread of misinformation, Facebook has continued to expand its footprint and grow its headcount.

The company is based in Menlo Park, Calif., in Silicon Valley, but this year moved some employees into a skyscraper in San Francisco. It now employs more than 30,000 people, up from about 20,700 last June, according to financial filings.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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