Rep. Eshoo praises Google plan for restoring Moffett's Hangar One

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Attendees of a Wings of Freedom Tour event, which provides the opportunity to learn about World War II history and walk through the restored interiors of the planes used, take a break to admire Moffett Field’s Hangar One.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo applauded Google Inc.’s restoration plans for Hangar One at Moffett Field.

The search giant’s subsidiary, Planetary Ventures, is overseeing the five-year, $157 million project to restore the 1930s-era landmark. The renovation involves removing lead and other toxic material from the framing, then “reskinning” and retrofitting the structure. Details are contained in a draft report released Aug. 13.

“Planetary Ventures’ proposed restoration plan for Hangar One is an important next step in the decade-long effort at the federal level to preserve and rehabilitate this historic landmark at Moffett Field,” Eshoo said in an Aug. 20 statement. “From being listed as one of America’s most endangered historic sites in 2008, Hangar One is finally moving toward a sustainable restoration that will protect the structure and ensure the health and safety of Moffett Field and the Bay.”

Plans are subject to a 30-day review period from federal and local agencies.

“I look forward to reviewing the feedback from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Planetary Ventures’ proposed plans,” Eshoo said.

Hangar One, considered one of the South Bay’s most iconic landmarks, was built to house large airships. The hangar is more than 1,100 feet long, more than 300 feet wide and nearly 200 feet high.

A 2015 land lease agreement between Google and the federal government grants the company responsibility for rehabilitating the structure.

“The hangar symbolizes the pride and potential of our local community, and I’m so pleased my work along with my California congressional colleagues, federal partners, advocacy groups, businesses and historic preservation associations has secured a bright future for the landmark,” Eshoo said.

Project coordinators estimated cleanup could start next year and wrap up in 2023, followed by the repaneling and retrofitting.

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