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NASA: General Services Administration should decide fate of Hangar One

Original post made on May 10, 2012

Derailing restoration plans for Hangar One and causing anxiety over Moffett Field's future, the head of NASA wants to assign the General Services Administration to determine the fate of Moffett Federal Airfield and Hangar One.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:33 PM

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Posted by Yep
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

NASA wants to close NASA Ames and sell Moffett Field.... And no one around here seems to want to worry about it...


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Posted by airport
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

All the airplane owners who use the Palo Alto airport should pitch in and buy Moffett Field. Help pay off the national debt and escape from the Palo Alto NIMBYs who are trying to kill of the Palo Alto airport.


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Posted by janet
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Get rid of the ugly useless thing asap and clean up the area. "Saving" it is a total waste of taxpayers' money


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Posted by Capbreton
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

@janet

Most of what is important about life and community has nothing to do with money.


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Posted by Steve Ly
a resident of Los Altos
on May 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

It's a disgrace how the Obama administration ignores the Bay Area community and the Congressional delegation of his own party. He could order NASA to accept the proposal to re-skin the hangar, which should have been done by now. It's a national disgrace that NASA and the NAVY have been blowing off fixing Hangar one


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Posted by Eileen Wright
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

"It's a disgrace how the Obama administration ignores the Bay Area community and the Congressional delegation of his own party."

Why can't the 434 other congressmembers and the 98 other senators save enough money in their districts so we can do this without adding to the national debt?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

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Why not just sell the hangar to Walmart.


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Posted by Blowing-In-The-Wind
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

Why not sell the NASA Ames site to Google. It can build out there to its heart's content, refurbish the Hanger (or not) as it has previously promised, and NASA can lease back any space it might need.

The point about NASA wanting to close Ames is probably correct. There was some movement a few years ago to put a some sort of tax on the ballot to fund some sort of educational center on the Ames site. The idea was pretty murky, and it didn't manage to get any traction at the time. The idea died almost as quickly as it appeared.

However, we here in the South Bay really should be thinking about NASA closing its operation here, one of these days. Moving the Palo Alto Airport to this site is an excellent idea.

While Google might be a little too smart to actually buy the site, sooner or later it's probably going to be up for sale, or at least open to new occupancy.


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Posted by Jean Wilcox
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What mystifies me is that according to the papers this morning (5/12) Anna Eshoo and the backers of Hangar One are surprised by this move.

NASA has already laid off many workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and are dismantling much of the launch pad infrastructure.

Meanwhile, my own son who is an Atmospheric Physicist at NASA headquarters in Greenbelt, Maryland was asked to find another job along with several other scientists.

NASA's budget is being cut way back. If they can't afford to keep their young scientists, they can't afford to keep Moffett Field.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on May 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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We need to think about this property the way the Presidio in San Francisco has been handled.

There are so many great things that have become part of the Presidio since it was closed as a military base. Still a ways to go, but the direction and vision are there.

By contrast, the Moffett/Ames facility lacks a rudder. There is a huge amount of land on its footprint, and for a built out part of the world like Silicon Valley, all sorts of potential is there to put it to better use at this point.

My selfish little point of view? I would love to see a major community athletic facility to support both indoor and outdoor sports for Santa Clara County. We are woefully short of playing fields and gymnasiums in these parts, and the location is centrally located and accessible.

We need to think big about this. As much as I like that hangar as I drive along Hiway 101, it is time to "do no harm," and also to determine the highest and best use of a very large footprint that served an important purpose for many year that no longer exists.


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Posted by Blowing-In-The-Wind
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

> We are woefully short of playing fields and
> gymnasiums in these parts

By what standard? There are schools in every city in the county that have grounds. The fact that these facilities have not been considered for "dual use" seems to be a problem better solved at the very local level, rather than the County level. Not every town is as built out as Palo Alto, so there must be room for additional park space in these towns.

Perhaps there is a need for a facility as you suggest, but such a centralized facility would require access, which means that people would have to travel from their homes to the centralized location. This doesn't sound like a very good solution to an "recreation" problem.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

@ Blowing: Mr. Losch wants indoor facilities, not just outdoor courts. That way people can play basketball in the evening and in bad weather. At least in Palo Alto, the schools all use their gyms after school and into the early evening with their own programs/students --- not available to the general public.

As for access/transportation: light rail already goes to Moffett. You can take Caltrain to the Mountain View station (or the bus for that matter) and then transfer to light rail to Moffett.


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Posted by Blowing-In-The-Wind
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

> At least in Palo Alto, the schools all use their gyms after
> school and into the early evening with their own
> programs/students --- not available to the general public.

I find that hard to believe that on the week-ends, and vacation periods (about 180 days a year), that all of the Palo Alto public schools with gyms are in use by the schools themselves. In fact, I KNOW that this is not true.

The point being made was about schools throughout Santa Clara County becoming dual use facilities, not just Palo Alto. (JLS gym is used by non-school people for basketball, at least.)

> As for access/transportation: light rail already goes to Moffett

You have to be kidding .. you are suggesting that people who want to play a couple of hours of basketball will take buses to interconnect to the light rail that only goes by the edge of the NASA installation, and then walk another half mile, or so, to a gym?

More likely most people would drive. Light rail is a loser for most of people living in Santa Clara County.


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