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.