Eshoo's request for $10 million to restore Hangar One was approved by the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday. If the funding makes it through votes by the full Appropriations Committee, the Senate and the House, Hangar One will be $10 million closer to being restored.
"With this funding, we are taking the first step to returning (Hangar One) to productive use," Eshoo said in a press release. "I will keep fighting for full restoration and historical preservation of Hangar One so that generations to come can enjoy this marvel of American innovation."
The funds are the first to be identified for the restoration of Hangar One, which is being stripped to its bare frame within the next year by a Navy contractor. Replacing its PCB-laden siding could cost owner NASA Ames anywhere between $15 million to $40 million. But with Ames possibly poised for budget cuts this year, the fate of Hangar One remains uncertain.