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A sign is shown at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday, May 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook is building a village in the real world. Seriously.


Apparently a massive online social networking community isn't going to cut it for the folks at Facebook. The social networking giant has its sights set on creating a real-life community.

Facebook announced this week that it plans to turn part of its Menlo Park, California property into a village that will include housing, retail stores, a hotel and more.

"Working with the community, our goal for the Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide much needed services, housing and transit solutions as well as office space," a post on the Facebook Community page explained. "Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services."

Facebook said it plans to file a plan with Menlo Park this month and then it expects the review process to last about two years. Facebook said it hopes to have the first phase, which will include a grocery store, retail spaces, housing and offices, completed by early 2021.

The company said part of the plan is meant combat the housing crisis by creating affordable housing for the San Francisco area.

"We hope to contribute significantly to the housing supply by building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15 percent of which will be offered at below market rates," a post on the Facebook Community page explained.

And just in case you're curious, Facebook said it's Willow Campus project "is only the beginning."

"Going forward, we plan to continue to work closely with local leaders and community members to ensure Facebook's presence is a benefit to the community," the post continued. "It's one we're lucky to call home."

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