Facebook moving from Palo Alto to Menlo Park, Calif.

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Facebook on Tuesday announced that it will soon move from Palo Alto to a campus in Menlo Park, Calif. formerly owned by Sun Microsystems.

“The company has been looking for a space that suits our long-term business needs and allows us to recreate the small-community feel we enjoyed while in downtown Palo Alto,” Facebook said in a statement.

The campus 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 land will be used for possible future development as a subsequent expansion phase, Facebook said.

Facebook’s 1,400 Palo Alto employees will move to the new offices in waves, starting in June or July. Facebook will remain in its Palo Alto offices through 2011 and possibly into 2012.

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