The Navy continues its decade long refusal to work with Bay Area communities' ongoing fight to save and re-use historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in Mountain View. After almost a decade, the Navy still refuses to do the right thing regarding this historic structure. Their latest communication http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/base_doc...alProposedPlan_Hangar1_Jul2013.pdf
proposes a “Remedial Action Alternative” that does not provide for the restoration of the hangar. I object to this proposed “alternative” and propose a third alternative, the “Restoration Alternative”, in which the measures proposed in the “Remedial Action Alternative” would be combined with commitment to restore Hangar One to its as-built appearance.
Since the summer of 2005, the Navy's position concerning Hangar One has been made clear at many public meetings in the Mountain View area. For the past eight years, the reaction from the public continues to be strongly in favor of restoring the Hangar. Despite overwhelming public support for the hangar, a federal buck-passing exercise has been going on for almost a decade. Both the Navy and NASA have been metaphorically tossing the restoration of the hangar around like a hot potato. Everyone gives lip service to restoring the hangar but nobody wants to pay for it. It’s a national disgrace that NASA and the Navy have been blowing off fixing Hangar One.
An offer by the H211 to step up to preserve the hangar should have removed the cost argument from the discussion. You’d think that NASA would jump at the chance at free money to make this PR
nightmare go away but you would be wrong.
NASA’s behavior sums up what’s wrong with government. An offer was made for private funding to re-skin the hangar. Paying for the re-skinning was the sticking point in the discussions Then money comes along, and what does NASA do? Stall, diddle and procrastinate. This is why people hate government.
A proper Restoration Alternative would involved re-skining Hangar One in addition to all of the environmental work described in Alternative 2-Implementation of Institutional Controls. As described in their July 2013 newsletter, the Navy's Alternative 2 is fundamentally flawed. It justifies an already-reached conclusion by ignoring the community's strong desire to see the hangar preserved as stated at numerous public forums. It's time to discard Alternative 2 and prepare Alternative 3 that meets the joint goals of protecting the environment and preserving history. These goals need not be mutually exclusive.
If you live in the Bay Area, please attend this meeting and support the restoration alternative:
August 22, 2013
266 Escuela Ave.
Mountain View, CA
If you can't make the meeting, send comments to:
Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator
1455 Frazee Road, Suite 900
San Diego, CA
[Edited 2013-08-18 20:45:49]