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Last chance save Hangar One

Original post made by Walter_E_Wallis on Jun 25, 2011

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.

Comments (19)

Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Sound of a pin dropping . . . .


Posted by hold a bake sale, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

If some people want to save the building, how about holding some bake sales to raise the money? Don't just beg for government handouts.

Or do the Tea Partyers want to stop all government spending, except for their pet projects?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

You both have the wrong idea. What I propose is that, INSTEAD of spending 33 Million dollars to tear down Hangar One, The structure be left standing and be returned to service.


Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

What? And wait for some sleazy attorney to jump all over it for some perceived wrong, ain't gonna happen in today's world.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

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Bring 'em on. Even the sleaziest of attorneys would be hard put to prove any damage from runoff.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

"What I propose is that, INSTEAD of spending 33 Million dollars to tear down Hangar One, The structure be left standing and be returned to service."

Returned to WHAT service? The Navy moved out years ago, case you didn't notice.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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Even if it were left empty that would save 33 million bucks. However there are many useful functions old One could fill if the Zeros would just buzz off.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

OK, it's plain you got no idea what to do with it either. Take the derelict down and be done with it.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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33 million just to - what?


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 Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:23 am

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The Navy has no say in disposal of One. The least expensive solution to NASA is still to do nothing.


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 Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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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.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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I agree with Walter. Let's give the preservationists time to come up with a cost-effective way to re-skin and reuse Hanger One. Maybe we could have our own version of Faneuil Hall.


Posted by Its not free to keep, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I find this need to maintain toxic white elephants puzzling to me.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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That's the point, keep. It is NOT toxic.


Posted by Burn, Baby, Burn, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

'Nuff said


Posted by Its not free to keep, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

PCBs are not toxic? You are funny walter ;-)
At least you agree its a white elephant.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

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The poison is in the dose, keep. The rate of delivery to the biosphere is so low as to make it irrelevant.


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