Google may move planes from Moffett to San Jose Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Feb 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm
After plenty of difficulty in dealing with their federal government landlords at Moffett Field, Google's leaders are nearly set to build a facility for their planes at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
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Posted by Ron, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm
Well, that's it. That money offer is gone. No one else is going to come up with it, least of all the government. So the hanger is coming down. It is just a matter of when. In my opinion it is an icon for the Silicon Valley no less that the GG Bridge or Seattle Space Needle are for their cities. Sad, but I really don't see any other options on the horizon.
Posted by Lori, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm
Too bad that NASA and Google could not work it out. As for the neighbors that don't like living next to Moffett, I am not sympathic since Moffet was there LONG before any house was ever built and you moved in then began complaining about noise. You should have bought somewhere else.
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm
Comparing Hangar 1 to the Golden Gate Bridge or the Space Needle is just silly.
And what is "mixed used" anyway? I have been out to the hangar in the last couple months. That is one depressing looking place. All buildings around it are in need of attention. I don't know who you think would want to use that space and god knows what they would do in there.
Google is probably moving for that same reason. They want to build a nice terminal. It would be a waste to build it in the middle of an abandonded Navy base.
I'll be the first to say it's sad to see it go. But I don't want to pay one dollar of my money to keep it around. It's time to say goodbye.
Posted by Oscar, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2013 at 8:07 am
Google was not here when I bought. Google planes were not here when I bought. The military planes did not buzz my house like the planes are doing now. If you lived out here, you'd know what I'm talking about.
I think moving out to San Jose is a great idea. It's probably easier and more cost effective for google to maintain their planes and hanger inan already built airport. Better for everyone, all around.
Posted by Anna S., a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2013 at 9:18 am
If you think one or two Google exec planes a day are annoying and noisy, how are you going to like it when the feds sell the airfield to a commercial operator who will permit huge numbers of Fedex planes to take off and land every day?
Posted by Greg Nelson, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Amazing misinformation in comments here.
1. Noisy planes complained about are more than likely the Air Sea Rescue Unit still stationed at Moffett. They by necessity operate 24/7 and they are prop planes, very noisy. I've NEVER heard them at 2 AM and I live within a mile of Moffett. Doubt very much the whined about noise (especially at 2AM) is from the Google Boys' jets.
2. North Whisman Station must be at least 2 miles from Moffett Field - hard to imagine residents hear planes' noise. You should be far more concerned IMO about the toxic waste under your homes.
3. NASA administrator Bolden has written off Hanger One restoration by declaring it excess property - a procedure that will likely take 10 years to achieve, effectively wiping his hands of responsibility. What a jerk!
4. Save Hanger One group and Congresswoman Eshoo have worked tirelessly for many years
to restore Hanger One to its iconic stature, Bolden has effectively roadblocked their efforts.
5. No fan of Google Boys, yet at least they've made a serious effort to preserve this icon.
Posted by sue muller, a resident of another community, on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:02 am
The Hanger is our history, I live in Orchard Gardens, have since 1980, near the, soon to be gone, Blue Cube. I see more cars and building five stories or more as a real issue, to fill the space. Open space, the planes, helicopters, and other in coming are not a problem for me.Google being there was a great solution. This air field could be used in an emergence.
That land is fill, liquid in an earth quake. I am 25 feet from sea level,they are at or below, I think, at some levels. It is also home to wild life.
Posted by Patty, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Tear it down. It's so ugly. Me and my girlfriends look at it each day, and can't believe how ugly it is. In fact, my friend Rebecca said it was so ugly, she couldn't do pilates the other day, because she kept thinking about it. As you can see, it's very bad, because it's preventing people from going about their important daily business. Tear it down.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm
As long as they're only moving their airplanes! The Mountain View city machine has become hugely dependant on Google money. When Google realizes how much farther their money goes with a different municipality, all of Mtn View will suffer.
Posted by Steve , a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Feb 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm
I'll call BS on that last statement. Google supports the city financially, and in a HUGE way. A portion of county property tax is returned to the city, there are city utility taxes, and their fees to the planning department must be staggering. Not to mention Google's generous support of city projects. It's always rewarding to contribute to them!
The only thing missing would be sales tax, maybe the city should charge them an 'in lieu' fee for shirking their responsibility.