New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to solicit input for the design of an airport hub, the latest phase of John F. Kennedy International Airport's $13 billion redevelopment.
The 14-acre, mixed-use JFK Central will serve as the commercial and recreational epicenter for airport visitors, travelers and employees. Using airports around the world as models, the Port Authority wants to hear ideas from firms with expertise in this type of development, which could include office space, event areas, pop-up stores and food trucks, along with retail and dining space. The hub will be built on top of the new ground transportation center.
Feedback received during the RFI process, which is due to the Port Authority by Sept. 6, will be used to develop a future Request for Proposals (RFP). The Port Authority plans on issuing a Request for Qualifications at the end of this year and an RFP in the second quarter of 2020.
The entire JFK redevelopment will use 90% private money, according to this latest news release from Gov. Cuomo's office, and is set to include two new international terminals; demolition of existing, outdated terminals; renovation of vacant space; an increase in the number of gates with more of them earmarked for larger planes; upgraded taxiways to relieve aircraft congestion; an overhaul of the AirTrain JFK people-mover system; work on road infrastructure; and security improvements.
After Gov. Cuomo announced the JFK initiative, JetBlue selected JFK Millennium Partners, a joint venture between Vantage Airport Group and RXR Realty, to expand its terminal at JFK, a project that is expected to cost up to $3 billion, Airport Experience reported. Work will add as many as 12 new gates able to accommodate larger planes at one terminal, as well as an expansion of JetBlue’s operations into up to two additional terminals.
Other airports in the New York City metro area are also getting facelifts.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners is underway with the $4 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport's Central Terminal B. Sixteen of the project's new gates are operational with the remaining gates scheduled to open in 2020. Also at LaGuardia, Delta is performing a $4 billion renovation of its terminal there. Terminals C and D will be combined into one updated Terminal C, the New York Post reported, which will feature a 105,000-square-foot concourse.
And in New Jersey at Newark Liberty International Airport, crews are replacing that facility's Terminal A with a 1 million-square-foot Terminal One, which will offer 33 gates, a multilevel parking garage and access to local and regional transportation, the North Jersey Record reported. The $2.7 billion project is scheduled for completion in 2022.