Future of Mt. Umunhum's Radar Tower May Be Settled Soon
The fight over a tower on top of Silicon Valley's Mount Umunhum may be settled Wednesday night. The former air force radar tower belongs to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. KQED Science Managing Editor Paul Rogers says, the district hopes to eventually open the top of the mountain to the public, but first it has to figure out what to do about the aging tower.
"People in the open space agency originally thought it would be a good idea to tear it down because their mission is to preserve open space, they don't normally preserve historic buildings," he said. "But veterans groups want it kept up, and a lot of folks in San Jose think of it as a landmark."
The district's board will decide Wednesday evening whether to tear the tower down, modify it, leave it up for good or keep it up temporarily.
- Paul Roger's article for the San Jose Mercury News
- Video from KQED's Quest: Mt. Umunhum: Return to the Summit