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Dec. 7, 2001

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000

e-mail logo mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 01-97AR

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT HEARINGS FOR NASA AMES DEVELOPMENT PLAN SET

NASA officials will conduct four public hearings next week to explain and discuss potential environmental impacts of the proposed NASA Ames Development Plan (NADP) for Moffett Field, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley.

During the hearings, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). NASA’s goal is to develop portions of Moffett Field into the NASA Research Park (NRP), a world-class, shared-use research and development campus in association with academia, industry and non-profit organizations.

"Over the next 10 years, the NADP allows for our partners to create more than 7,000 new high-quality research and education jobs at the NASA Research Park and to provide housing for more than 2,800 employees on site," said Michael Marlaire, Assistant Director for Development at NASA Ames Research Center. "Our NADP is responsive to the local community, our partners, and the high-tech needs of the state and nation, " he said.

In 1997, Mountain View and Sunnyvale established the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to recommend uses at Moffett Field. The CAC worked closely with NASA and made its recommendations to the two cities. "Our NADP matches the recommendations of the CAC. Over the past 3 years, we have established several R&D and education partnerships that provide for research laboratories, office space, classrooms, exhibit halls and other public facilities, such as museums. We are now ready to show our neighbors how the NRP proposed programs can be realized if the EIS is approved," Marlaire said.

University partners include the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Students attending

NRP university academic programs would increase Silicon Valley’s high-tech workforce of the future.

By integrating NASA, university, and private sector R&D efforts, the NRP would serve as a new world-class R&D campus for the nation, enhance scientific research, technology advancement and the transfer of research knowledge to the commercial sector. Through new dynamic non-profit science and technology learning centers, like the California Air and Space Center and the Computer History Museum, public involvement and understanding of science, technology and space exploration will be increased.

The proposed NADP also has received encouragement from briefings made to a variety of federal organizations, including the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and the non-profit National Research Council.

The NADP addresses proposed new development in NASA Research Park, the Bay View and Eastside/Airfield areas, as well as potential replacement of existing NASA facilities at the Ames Campus. No new wind tunnels or increased aircraft operations are proposed. The existing burrowing owl habitat would be protected.

Specific areas proposed for development in the NADP include:

NASA Research Park: A 213-acre parcel located between the Ames Research Center campus, the airfield, U.S. Highway 101 and the U.S. Air Force military housing area;

Eastside /Airfield: A 952-acre parcel that includes the airfield and property located east of the airfield;

Bay View: A 95-acre parcel located north of the existing campus of Ames Research Center;

Ames Campus: A 234-acre parcel comprising the existing campus of Ames Research Center

Four public hearings on the environmental impacts of the NASA Ames Development Plan will be held during the week of Dec. 10-13, 2001.

Monday, Dec. 10: (Military resident agencies) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

• Tuesday, Dec. 11: (General public) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center, Bldg. 223, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

• Wednesday, Dec. 12: (City of Mountain View) 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, Calif.

• Thursday, Dec. 13: (City of Sunnyvale) 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive St., Sunnyvale, Calif.

Five alternatives for the proposed development are reviewed in the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement:

Alternative 1: The No Project Alternative. No new development would be proposed for Ames Research Center at this time.

Alternative 2: Increase buildings and existing structures from 1.5 million square feet to 3.9 million square feet of floor space within the NASA Research Park, Bay View and Eastside/Airfield areas. Within the NRP, there would be approximately 2.1 million square feet of new educational, office, research and development, museum, conference center, housing and retail development. Approximately 560,000 square feet of existing non-historic structures would be demolished. In the Bay View area, this alternative proposes construction of approximately 1.3 million square feet of new educational and housing development. It also includes construction of approximately 550,000 square feet of new low-density research and development and light industrial space, in addition to the renovation of Hangars 2 and 3 in the Eastside/Airfield area.

Alternative 3: Based on the ideas of traditional neighborhood design, this alternative would create a mixed-use development within the NASA Research Park area. This alternative proposes the addition of approximately 3 million square feet of new educational, office, research and development, the demolition of approximately 560,000 square feet of non-historic structures, and the renovation of approximately 500,000 square feet of existing space. No new construction is proposed in the Bay View or Eastside/Airfield areas, although Hangars 2 and 3 in the latter area would be renovated for low-intensity research and development or light industrial uses.

Alternative 4: This alternative would concentrate more of the new development in the Bay View area than the other alternatives, while creating less dense development in the NRP area. This alternative proposes the addition of approximately 1.6 million square feet of new educational, office, research and development, museum, conference center, housing and retail space in the NRP area, as well as the demolition of approximately 560,000 square feet of non-historic structures and the renovation of approximately 500,000 square feet of existing space. In the Bay View area, this alternative also proposes construction of approximately 2.7 million square feet of new office, research and development, laboratory, educational, and student/faculty housing. In the Eastside/Airfield area, Alternative 4 proposes construction of approximately 670,000 square feet of new light industrial, research and development, office and educational facility development, as well as the renovation of the historic hangars.

Alternative 5: The Preferred Alternative. This alternative proposes the addition of approximately 2.1 million square feet of new educational, office, research and development, museum, conference center, housing and retail space in the NRP area, as well as the demolition of approximately 560,000 square feet of non-historic structures and renovation of approximately 600,000 square feet of existing space. It also proposes the addition of approximately 1 million square feet of new development in the Bay View area, primarily for housing. In the Eastside/Airfield area, this alternative proposes construction of an approximately 12,000-square-foot new airport control tower. In the Ames Campus, this alternative includes the demolition of approximately 400,000 square feet of existing test facilities and office buildings and new construction of 500,000 square feet of high density office and research and development space.

Further information about the NASA Ames Development Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, including copies of both documents, is available at:http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov

Members of the public may submit written comments about the project to NASA by Jan. 28, 2002. Comments should be directed to Sandy Olliges, NASA Ames Research Center, Environmental Services Office, Mail Stop 218-1; or by e-mail to:

researchpark@arc.nasa.gov

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