The Airport Authority of New York and New Jersey has decided to build a small hotel in the space between the landmark old terminal and the new JetBlue Terminal at JFK. There were reports in The Journal regarding the matter earlier this month. The boutique hotel is supposed to come up at the empty Eero Saarinen-designed terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The activity to identify the builder has started. Interested parties have visited the site to assess the opportunity.
Standard Hotel owner Andre Balazs is among the developers eyeing an opportunity to build the boutique hotel. His Andre Balazs Properties is also on the list of developers who visited the site earlier this month. It is not clear as yet if they will actually bid for the project but it is an ideal project for developers and architects who have been associated with high-end, luxury hotels because that’s exactly the type of project the Port Authority is looking to build.
WQB Architecture PLLC is the other notable firm which has evinced interest in the project. They have the experience of a similar project as they worked on the renovation of the landmarked Lambs Club building on West 44th Street, turning it into a luxury hotel and restaurant. They have also worked earlier for the boutique hotel developers Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group Inc. Ironstate Development Co. is also a serious contender for the prestigious project.