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Facebook plans for campus expansion approved

Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters are set for expansion.

The company, which already employs about 2,200 people in Menlo Park, has been granted permission by city officials to hire up to 6,600 workers on the California campus, according to the LA Times.

With the company's recent IPO and $1 billion (£646 million) purchase of photo-sharing service Instagram, as well as a rumoured $100 million (£64.6 million) acquisition of facial-recognition service, a few added employees might be necessary.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In exchange for the space, previously occupied by Sun Microsystems, Facebook will pay the city of Menlo Park an average of $850,000 (£549,096) a year for 10 years, to cover the impact of additional workers on city infrastructure, the Times said.

On top of the annual fee, the company will make a one-time $1 million (£646,000) payment for capital improvements; Facebook will give back to the community, as well, by establishing a $500,000 (£323,000) community improvement fund and set up high school job training programs.

The expansion totals about $100 million (£64.6 million) by 2022.

Facebook first announced plans to move from Palo Alto to Menlo Park in February 2011, and started relocating last summer. The campus currently covers 57 acres and includes nine buildings with about 1 million square feet. It was built between 1993 and 1995 and housed Sun employees until the company was acquired by Oracle in 2009. Facebook also bought an adjacent, 22-acre tract at 312 and 314 Constitution Drive that is accessible via a tunnel underneath the Bayfront Expressway.

This will apparently be used for another campus across the street, allowing up to 9,400 employees in five new buildings, the Times said.

Facebook is also taking its operation beyond Silicon Valley, announcing today that it had opened an office in Dubai.