Lower East Olive Way bars and restaurants, get your social network together. Facebook is moving its Seattle engineering office to one of the Metropolitan Park “zebra” buildings just across I-5 from Capitol Hill:
The company today announced that it will move from its office near Pike Place Market to a larger space on Minor Avenue, just below the base of Capitol Hill, in February.
There’s enough room at the new office to more than triple the size of the Seattle office, which is already the company’s largest engineering site outside of its Palo Alto headquarters.
While the new space is not far from the tech city and nerd bar heaven being built around South Lake Union, it’s not too much of a climb across I-5 to reach the Hill. The room for a potential 200 or so young geeks working just a Minor Ave to Olive Way to E Olive Way jump to Capitol Hill isn’t likely to change the economy of this area of the Hill but it won’t hurt either. A young, well-paid workforce nearby will be worth catering to. And we’re sure the young bucks will want to check out iPad-powered the Social when it opens in coming months.
The move also sets up the perfect Capitol Hill commute for any social networking developer currently considering Belltown. Not that we’re recruiting or anything.