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Navy: We will defer on Hangar One

In response to a letter and phone calls from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says that the Navy will not remove the siding from Moffett Field's historic Hangar One until the White House makes a decision on its restoration.

"It is my intention that no siding will be removed from the hangar until the arbitration process has concluded," Mabus writes. "Once OMB's decision has been made, the Navy will work with all parties to ensure that the 30 month remediation effort supports future plans for Hangar One."

The Navy is responsible for toxic cleanup of Hangar One's asbestos- and PCB-laden siding, while NASA Ames is the owner of the property and would like to see the structure re-used.

The two agencies asked the White House Office of Management and Budget to make a decision on how the hangar would be restored after negotiations broke down over funding for the restoration project, which could cost over $15 million.

Two weeks ago the Navy made a surprise announcement that it was awarding a contract to remove the siding regardless of the OMB's decision, which drew criticism from Eshoo as well as the city of Mountain View, the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board and local preservationists. The concern is that leaving Hangar One as a bare skeleton would cause irreversible corrosion damage to its steel frame.

Mabus said de-skinning the Hangar wouldn't begin for at least six months.

"We are sensitive to the desires of the city and recognize the historic significance of Hangar One to the local area," he wrote.

"I'm extremely pleased with the Secretary's letter," Eshoo said in a press release. "Our conversations have been very productive and I'm pleased that he is committed to a remediation plan that supports future plans for Hangar One."

"It is clear that the Secretary will not allow any siding to come down until the Office of Management and Budget has issued a decision," she said.

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Posted by Dale
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for keeping an old friend alive.


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 6, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Way to go Anna (and to all who sent emails to the Navy), however "it ain't over til it's over".


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Posted by Save It!
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2009 at 12:44 am

I hope they save it because the idiot city council in Tustin wants to demolish the south hangar on their former base.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I hope they get rid of that old thing. Its quite an eyesore.


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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Glad to hear of the delay. Hope we can save hangar one!


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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 7, 2009 at 2:57 pm

At first observation the hangar may well look like an eyesore. However, if you take the time to research it and discover the history and the amazing structure you might grow to appreciate why there is so much support for saving this amazing building.


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Posted by Daryl
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Jane is correct the hangar has great historic importance to aviation and the community. As a former photographer for NASA I did many photos inside the hangar and on top of it! What a view from the top during airshows! But you cant help but be awed when you are on the inside it is just enormous! Keep at it folks we can save this piece of history yet!


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