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