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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will GSA make the property available to interested parties for site tours?
    GSA will schedule tours of MFA for interested parties through mid July 2013 by appointment only. Tours will generally be held Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. Entities interested in a tour must contact GSA at least 72 hours in advance. Since the tour will consist of driving through Moffett Federal Airfield, NASA security procedures must be followed. Please see RFP Section VII.A of the RFP for more details.
    Please email the MFA Tour request form to
  2. Is there any environmental contamination?
    Yes, please review Section III D. Environmental Considerations of the RFP for environmental information.
  3. Historic Preservation
    • Is the site considered historic?
      Yes. Hangars One, Two and Three are contributing structures of the "U.S. Naval Air Station Sunnyvale, California Historic District," commonly referred to as the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Listed 2/24/1994; NRIS No. 94000045).
    • What authority will this lease be executed under?
      Section 111 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended ("NHPA"), allows Federal agencies to enter into leases of historic property.
    • Is the site subject to historic preservation requirements?
      Under either lease option and in accordance with the NHPA, and the Programmatic Agreement between NASA, the State Historic Preservation Office ("SHPO") and the Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation ("ACHP"), dated June 2002, NASA will consult with the SHPO and other interested parties to consider the effects of any rehabilitation and reuse plan for Hangar One and other historic properties. NASA, with the preferred selected lessee, will likely enter into a Memorandum of Agreement ("MOA") with the SHPO and the ACHP (pending consultation with the SHPO and ACHP), as necessary to carry out NASA's statutory obligations under Section 106 of the NHPA.
      The Preferred Selected Lessee's ("PSL") proposal under either lease option MUST include the provision and commitment that Hangar One will be re-sided in accordance with the Secretary's Standards and the requirements identified in Section V and IV of this RFP.
    • How long will it take to re-side Hangar One?
      It is expected that the PSL will be allowed two years to re-side Hangar One, in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, following execution of the lease and obtaining all necessary approvals and permits.
    • Is the site eligible for historic tax credits?
      NASA, as the landowner, may provide supporting documentation as requested by the PSL to seek any applicable historic tax credits, and airport grant financing that may be available to a lessee of Federal property.
  4. Will the government provide development incentives, financing or subsidies?
    No. It is expected that the PSL will finance the entire project.
  5. How do I learn more about the selection process?
    Please review Section V. Schedule, Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria of the RFP.
  6. Is a Bid Deposit required?
    Yes. All proposals shall be accompanied by a Bid Deposit of $500,000 in the form of a certified or cashier's check made payable to the U.S. General Services Administration. The Bid Deposit submitted by the Offeror selected as the Preferred Selected Lessee will be retained and credited toward the PSL's $2,000,000 security deposit required at the execution of the lease agreement.
  7. When will my Bid Deposit be returned?
    Deposits submitted by other Offerors will be returned without interest upon selection of the PSL.
  8. What is the security deposit?
    A security deposit of $2,000,000 will be required to be paid to the Government upon signing of the lease agreement. The deposit is non-refundable in case of the PSL's default or failure to perform, but shall be credited, without interest, towards rent or reimbursable costs upon substantial completion of the re-siding effort as determined by NASA.
  9. What is the term, in years, of the lease?
    Offerors are requested to propose the length of term required to finance the Hangar One re-siding effort and to meet other lease requirements. The Government prefers a shorter lease term.
  10. Will General Aviation activities be allowed in the management of the airfield?
    No. Aircraft operating at MFA will be limited to Stage III or quieter planes that burn Jet A or other comparable fuel. Piston-engine planes or other planes utilizing aviation gas (AvGas) fuel will not be permitted to be based at MFA.
  11. Will there be an increase in flight operations?
    The PEIS examined potential environmental impacts of flight operations. The Government will favor proposals that are consistent with the impacts analyzed in the PEIS. See Exhibit E of the RFP.
  12. Will the lease impact the California Air National Guard (CANG) and its mission? What about other airfield users?
    No. The CANG will continue to be a user of the airfield and operations are not likely to be impacted. The difference is that the CANG will coordinate airfield operations with the PSL instead of NASA. The PSL will be afforded the opportunity to continue existing arrangements with airfield users and be able to enter into new agreements for airfield use.
  13. When will the lease be executed?
    We expect the lease to be executed 10 months after issuance of the RFP.
  14. There is a substantial amount of flight hardware and other equipment inside of Hangar Two. What are the plans for this equipment?
    Prior to the execution of the Lease Agreement, NASA will have developed a plan to move this equipment to another NASA location.
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NASA Official: Keith Venter   
Curator: Historic Preservation Office   
NASA Ames Research Center   
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001   
Updated: October 21, 2013