Google Tapped to Restore Hangar at Moffett Field

NASA and the General Services Administration this week selected Google to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways, a large dose of good news for local preservationists eager to see the 200-foot-tall structure built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles protected.

The federal government now will negotiate a long-term lease with Google affiliate Planetary Ventures, which has agreed to re-skin the hangar 18 months after reaching a final deal. The hangar’s frame has been uncovered since the Navy removed its skin as part of a cleanup effort.

“That’s good news. It’s long overdue,” Lenny Siegel, a longtime community activist, told the Mercury News.

The renovation is estimated to cost $45 million or more. Google also plans to build a 90,000-square-foot building on the airfield that it would make available at no cost for public use such as a museum or educational institution. Google previously reached a separate agreement to build a new campus on a portion of the Moffett property not connected to the airfield.

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