Last chance save Hangar One Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2011 at 7:13 am Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I sent the following E-Mail to NASA this morning:
This is my last desperate plea. Do not destroy this icon for trivial reasons. However much the storm runoff from the hangar might be toxic, it in no way presents a hazard either to people or even to the biosphere. The runoff all collects in a basin and is then discharged into the bay, with NO DISCERNIBLE HARM!
If the runoff were harmful, the cost of continuing chemical passivisation would be a small price to pay to keep the structure. There is NO WAY else that this building can harm anyone, and this mindless obeisance to an over-broad regulation, a kind of zero tolerance gone mad, boggles the mind.
I beg of you, re-institute a hearing on retention of the hangar in its present condition.
Posted by Its not free to keep, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Have you looked at the building lately with big black tarps to keep out the rain? It would cost a lot to make it a viable building again. The Navy wants to remove it, let them. Its not like military blimps are going to make a comeback. The building has outlived its usefulness. It would make more sense to just let Google expand into that space. Tying up the land for a building that is fast becoming an eyesore, makes no sense.
Posted by Its not free to keep, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2011 at 8:05 am
so the 33 million is the cost to re-skin it. The cost to demo it was 22 million which the Navy was willing to pay. NASA wants to demo it now. Its time has passed Walter, let it go, its just an old building that is no longer useful. Save it for what purpose? Build something useful in its place that generates revenue. Its not free to keep, even if you dont maintain it and let it become more of an eyesore, there is opportunity cost in keeping it. Its just a white elephant. Not every old building needs to be saved
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Old One is a unique structure with only one match in New Jersey. Just renting it out for community market place would more than cover the overhead. If they tear it down they get nothing to replace it, unless you want to redevelop the whole area. This urge to destroy is puzzling to me.