Fate of Hangar One now rests with White House

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.

— Daniel DeBolt


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Posted by Seer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Finally perhaps we'll have the opportunity to get rid of this albatross. Polls have shown that the majority of Mountain View residents don't care what happens to Hangar One. But they DO care about quality of life issues like park space, housing, transportation, and a vibrant local business community. The money proposed to be spent on preserving Hangar One could be most effectively used on one of these other projects - as well as cleaning up the toxic mess that is Hangar One so that we can use the real estate for the people of Mountain View.

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Posted by C
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

What polls? Hangar One is a Mountain View landmark, like the Golden Gate for SF - it is well worth saving. Period.

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Posted by RoxieK
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Polls? What polls? Hangar One is not just a Mountain View landmark, it's a designated Naval Historical Monument. For what's spent in just a day or two in Iraq, the hangar could be restored. Get a grip. Web Link

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

To Seer,

No matter what happens to the Hangar, it will cost money. The estimates to destroy the hangar and dispose of it are astonomical. Money will be spent one way or another on the hangar, and if public meetings and comments are a measure of "polls" you are incorrect kn stating that the majority of MV residents do not care what happens to the hangar. And even if that is true, the history and architectual value of the hangar go way beyond what MV residents belongs to more people than MV residents. The hangar means different things to different people, but I doubt too many people are interested in the real estate there. The same people who are interested in saving the hangar are also many of the same people showing up at planning meetings concerning the quality of life issues you mention. Destroying the hangar will not result in "park space, housing, transportation, and a vibrant local business community." Do some research on the hangar and perhaps you will understand why it should be valued and saved.

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Posted by Dee
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

I am a strong advocate to save Hanger One. My dad was in the Navy and served our country for 20 years. He was stationed at Moffett Field when I was born. He worked in Hanger’s One, Two and Three.
When the service personnel were on night watch they would dare each other to climb to the top and carve their name. My Dad; and many others took that dare; his name is carved on the top of Hanger Two. There is rich history in Hanger One and Moffett Field.
Did you know George Jones, the country singer, was stationed at Moffett Field?
I believe if Hanger one was torn down we would be terribly sorry. There is nothing better than seeing the star lit on the top of this Hanger during the holiday season. How sad to think we are even considering tearing this piece of history down.
Just curious what “polls”? I’ve never seen a poll.

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Posted by phm
a resident of The Crossings
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

Thanks, RoxieK, for the link to the NASA historic preservation webpage about Hanger One. Some places and things are worth saving for their history and intrinsic value, not just their monetary value. Hanger One is one of those.

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Posted by Aviator
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Seer, what polls? 4th time you've been asked. Put up or shut up.
Any douche can make up stuff and say "Polls have shown..."
You made that point abundantly clear.

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