NASA: General Services Administration should decide fate of Hangar One Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on May 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm
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.
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Posted by airport, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, 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.
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
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.
Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on May 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm Paul Losch is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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.
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.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, 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.
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.