Unable to resolve their differences over how to pay for the restoration of historic Hangar One at Moffett Field, the Navy and NASA have taken the matter to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a "fairly quick resolution."
Deborah Feng, deputy director of new ventures at NASA Ames, said the White House office could issue a judgment as soon as Monday.
"Both organizations are actively pursuing an answer," Feng told the Moffett Restoration Advisory Board last Thursday. "We're looking for a fairly quick resolution."
Early this year, NASA and the Navy announced they were in talks and nearing an agreement that would have the Navy re-side Hangar One in exchange for leaving certain environmental cleanup responsibilities around Moffett to NASA. But those talks eventually fell apart.
The latest announcement could be seen as the second small victory for preservationists in recent months. Last month, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo sent a letter to the Navy which helped delay the award of a Navy contract to remove Hangar One's siding even though the Navy had no plan to re-skin it. That plan drew stiff opposition from local elected leaders and preservationists.