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Navy moves on plan to strip Hangar One

Original post made on Sep 24, 2009

Though no local elected official or community leader supports it, the Navy announced on Wednesday that it is no longer delaying a plan to strip the siding off of historic Hangar One and leave behind a bare skeletal structure.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 24, 2009, 1:52 PM

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Posted by Dee
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

For those of us who don't support Navy project manager, Kath Stewart,
in de-skinning Hangar One; how can we contact Kath Stewart?
If anyone knows please post the information. I'm sure others may want to contact Kath as well.
Thanks- Dee

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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Sep 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

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Posted by Seer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Finally! Progress! Let's hope this roadblock to embracing the future by clinging to the past will finally be overcome. The hangar doesn't benefit the majority of MV citizens, and the obstructionist resistance by a few history buffs unwilling accept change is depriving the rest of us of the many alternative uses for the land - and the money to rebuild an eyesore that is no longer needed.

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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Seer, I don't see your reasoning.

Old city Rome, is that a slum to be cleared? The acropolis is taking up prime real estate! The Statue of Liberty is sooo 19th century!

Hangar 1 is part of what sets Mtn. View apart from every other city now that the prunes are gone.

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Posted by BigFanofH1
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 1:18 am

I agree with NeHI. All my out of town visitors are all agog when they see it. They take photos of it, and even know the history of it. I hope that this piece of history can be preserved. It is an amazingly impressive piece of architecture.

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Posted by Dee
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 25, 2009 at 9:46 am

I hope someday you will see the benefit in preserving history. You are the only person that I have heard who does not want this historical landmark preserved. You mentioned "polls before" - although you were asked many times you never came back with any information on these "polls." You seem like a very angry person; if that is the case... I'm sad for you.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

I am totally disgusted with the Navy on this issue, I hope that everyone will fill the mailbox of Kathryn Stewart with their comments not that it will make any difference, the Navy clearly does not care what the community wants. I have asked MANY times why the Google co-founders who have BILLIONS could not step up and make this a community project, a way to give something back. It would be a drop in the bucket for them, and as far as I know they are still using Moffett for their private planes.

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Posted by C
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Kathy - I totally agree here on Google. Sergey already pays for an ad for his wife's venture to be on the airship. They should pony up for the hangar. Although I shudder at the thought of a giant ad on it, it's better than letting it rot.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The tone might be too strong that Sergey "should" pay for the project. It would be very nice if he decides to do so. After all, he did not use the private moffet field for free.

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Posted by jason ravanell
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:04 am

i am one of the few civilians to ever climb to the top of hanger 1. i snuck up there when i was a kid during one of the airshows. living right up the street from the behemoth structure for most of my life i am still in awe . it is sad to see it go , however all that space couold be put to more productive use.whats really irritating to me is the boarded up abondoned navy housing condominiums along 101 that could be used for lower income housing or housing the homeless population of the boggles the mind to think about all that land NOT being used for anything or helping anybody in such difficult times.

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Posted by TP
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

If citizens of Mtn View want to save a 1930's era structure now used for a blimp that carries 12 tourists then it should pony up all the funds to make it happen. Simply raise the property tax or sales tax and put it to a vote of the people,

If Hangar One gets demolished I am sure people will forget about it quickly. In many people's opinions it has always been eyesore that serves no current public need. The other two smaller hangars at least have decent architectural lines to them, not just some large utilitarian shell.

The question to ask is what if this same structure were built today, same design, size and use. My guess is there would be a huge grass roots movement to stop it by probably many of the same people.


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Posted by jeff
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Since the preservation ideas would all require re-skinning the structure, how does proceeding with de-skinning it now present any problems? Seems like an inevitable step no matter what the final plan

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Posted by Rudy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm

When the Navy was looking for a West Coast Base, the communities here got together and raised the money to buy the land that is now Moffett Field. School Children would drop a penny in a jar, other folks would do what they could. this was pretty much done during the depression and somehow, the community got together and 'won' the base.

Since then, The Navy has poured BILLIONS in to our local economy. Since the base opened there have been construction projects, up-grades and pay rolls that gave us jobs and a few folks made a small fortune for themselves. The Army Reserve and the Air Guard are out there still, buying groceries, eating in out restaurants and supporting other local venues.

All I ever see/ hear is "The Navy doesn't care". So what? Why should they? The Hangar IS worth saving but WE have to save it. We are not in a depression, we are affluent now and all we do is whine like spoiled children. We HAVE almost everything but we WANT everything BUT we want someone else to pay our way. we should be ashamed.

Why don't we start collecting soda cans, get the Tech firms to pitch in a little and maybe even dig deep in to our own pockets and do without 12 lattes a year and MAYBE we could have a plan of our own and stop behaving in such an unbecoming fashion.

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm


I wonder if you think it's the responsibility of the community in Hunters Point to clean up the massive Superfund site left by the Navy? I'm sure that back when the Navy was very helpful to the residents of Hunters Point. By your logic the residents of H.P. should be more than happy to clean up this toxic mess in return.

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Posted by confused
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm

to all those who are applauding...

As I understand from the article, they are planning on removing the skin.

There is a skeleton structure underneath, and I don't see any mention of reskinning nor demolishing the structure as some have applauded.

Therefore --- an ugly, bare structure would remain unless I misunderstood. I am not sure how Seer and TR would applaud this.

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Posted by Rudy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Hey Bruno... Toxic clean up and hangar restoration are two separate issues.

I agree with you... The Navy should bear the responsibility of cleaning up what they are responsible for; to include toxins that have nothing to do with the hangar itself. However, hangar restoration is another issue altogether.

Perhaps a compromise would be for the Navy to remove the skin and it's potential for further contamination and then WE can re-invent it in to a world class venue?

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Posted by Cassie
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

I've grown up watching the light from the hanger and seeing the hanger whenever we go on the freeway. So've a lot of other kids and teens. I don't like this at all. :(

I'm sure the people saying it's an 'eyesore' are newbies to Mountain View/Bay Area anyway.

The hanger's one thing that makes Mountain View... Mountain View.

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