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Google wins Hangar One lease

Original post made on Feb 10, 2014

Preservationists can rejoice -- Hangar One will be restored. Google has won a lease deal for the massive hangar and operation of Moffett Field's runways.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 10, 2014, 2:45 PM

Comments (21)

Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

As a long time member of the Save Hanger One Committee (SHOC) I am pleased to hear this.

Posted by reader
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Konrad - not quite so vexed about Google influence? EPC post. Yin/Yang

Posted by Hooray!
a resident of Bailey Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm lets get started on that bus, er ah, (heh-heh) I mean construction supply bridge we need over Stevens Creek.

Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Greg David is a registered user.

When does the name change to Google Field?

Kidding aside, I think it is great that hangar one will be saved, along with 2 and 3 preserved, but I'm still concerned about Mountain View selling their soul to Google in the big picture.

We shall see.....

Posted by Yay
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Overjoyed!! Thank you Google! Thank you SHOC!

Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:24 am

For some reason Google is starting to scare the hell out of me.

Posted by Garrettt
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I think this is great, Hanger One is saved, Moffett Field has money coming in for its upkeep, Ames/NASA and Google have worked together on projects. Google is big in space research which last time I checked Ames still does.

Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

AC is a registered user.

I understand the prospect of more Google ownership/leasing being scary to some.

But with all the new space that Google will be allowed to use, I'd like to see them build their own corporate housing developments on some of that land, which they can easily use as a perk to their own employees without driving up the rents of all the other/older Mountain View residents.

There are possibilities. I hope they happen.

Posted by Humanitarian Air Logistics
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

It is great news that Hangar's one, two and three will be refurbished and that an aerospace museum will be built. However, there are still unanswered questions regarding the NASA lease to H211 and a sister company also operating from Moffett called Blue City Holdings. Can anyone remember hearing about Blue City Holdings having undergone a thorough review by NASA as promised by its leadership for any company that is allowed to operate from there?

There are several pending Freedom of Information Act requests that are finally being processed after appeals were filed. Those appeals have cleared the way for more documents to be released which will hopefully clear this matter up. We are also hopeful that with this contract award, Google and its executives will open up a new chapter at Moffett. We have always believed they should play a role there provided it was fair and transparent.

Posted by Mitch Cumstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

I'm feeling lucky!

Really. There is no single icon more closely-tied to our fair city. That alone is uber-awesome. Restoring other key Moffett resources and cementing the tech foundation of this city... that's more than just icing on the cake.

Now if we could only get those regular F-18 flights back... :)

Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

AC said, "I'd like to see them build their own corporate housing developments on some of that land". They may well do it. Remember that their proposal to build housing in North Bayshore was prevented by the General Plan. At the last moment, potential housing use was eliminated, to my sorrow.

Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

So they are required to refurbish Hangers 2 and 3 as well. Does that mean they will be using those too or just fixing them as a part of the deal? Who uses them now? Just curious

Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Housing out by a airfield, they aren't leasing all of Moffett Field, only the airfield and hanger portion, housing out there would not be a good mix.

Housing at North Bayshore was never welcomed, industry and business were the primary goal of that area. One time factories could have been built but didn't happen. The computer industry grew up in Mountain View, they just didn't move here, the whole idea was born here.

New York City-Banking.
Mountain View-Silicon Chip

All cities made famous by their industry.

Google leasing part of Moffett Field is good thing.

Posted by The world as we hve known it is changing once more
a resident of The Crossings
on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:29 am

Google Field?

How about GooglePort?

I wonder how their Doodles will convey the story as the work progresses.

I wonder if other private planes will be using the GooglePort for 49er home games.

Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

To Ron, Hangars Two and Three are used in various parts by the 129'th Air National Guard, NASA for storage, the people who do restoration for the Moffett museum, and some others. About 1/4 of one of them used to be used by Airship Ventures :-( and there were a couple of other (much smaller) airships in there.

To those proposing housing, can you imagine how cool it would be to have an apartment with windows near the top of Hangar One?

Posted by yay
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

The area might be desirable for housing, but not the location given the groundwater and soil contamination, plus the nearby toxic plume. Web Link

Posted by Weird Mountain View
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

it's good news that hangar one will continue to exist and delight the eye and spirit as an architectural and historic wonder, but, I do have a couple questions...

does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
has history ever been wrong?

Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I have mixed feelings.

I am glad to see that Hanger One restored .
I have been a member of SHOC (Save Hanger One Committee for years and as a team we have been working on this.

The Navy should have restored Hanger One. If you break it, you fix it!

There is no free lunch.
Google will increase its already huge impact on Mountain View.
Here is a letter I wrote yesterday to the Mountain View Voice:

Environmental Planning Commission Conflict of Interest

Rachel Grossman, Real Estate Project Executive at Google is the Chair of the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission.

The Commission has the authority and responsibility to, among other things, Formulate and recommends plans for Mountain View, including the General Plan for the physical development of the City.

Will Rachel Grossman, a Google executive, recommend plans that are in the best interest of Google, her employer, or Mountain View?

Will Rachel Grossman, a Google executive, attempt to sway the other six members of the Environmental Planning Commission to support Google’s wishes?

How much of Rachel Grossman’s compensation at Google will be a function of how she directs the Environmental Planning Commission to support Google’s wishes?

Should we change the name to Google’s Environmental Planning Commission?


Posted by Mr. Big
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 13, 2014 at 1:33 am

Thank You Google!

Now please fix Google WiFi, but please keep the "crippled" current service up and running until you come up with a fix as I can at least check my email and do research online.

Also, please include a plan to use the airfield and surrounding area as a staging area for FEMA in case of an emergency (i.e. large earthquake). The plan MUST also include use of the airfield for evacuation by small private aircraft as it's only fair that the residents of Mountain View can also use the airfield to get out and not just the exec's at Google.

Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

The most important thing to Mountain View is how much air traffic can we expect. I have not read anything about who will be using the airport other than Google. I am hoping that we will not see a lot of traffic in and out of the airport at all hours. We need to make sure that this does not happen.

Posted by ac
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The government was great at losing money. Anyone taking over should not. Ferry boats and delivery planes may become common. Did anyone every promise no airplanes? Did I read someone thinks apts off the runway would be a good thing?

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