Hochul reboots JFK Terminal 1 project with nearly $10B price tag

Before two-year delay, estimates of Carlyle-backed project had pegged cost at $7.4B

New York /
Dec.December 13, 2021 05:15 PM
Gov. Kathy Hochul and renderings of the Terminal 1 project at John F. Kennedy International Airport (Getty, PANYNJ)

Gov. Kathy Hochul and renderings of the Terminal 1 project at John F. Kennedy International Airport (Getty, PANYNJ)

The Terminal 1 project at John F. Kennedy International Airport is ready to take off, with a new $9.6 billion price tag.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday that the deal for the terminal has been restructured, allowing the project to move forward after a two-year delay. A consortium led by the Carlyle Group along with Johnson Loop Capital Infrastructure and Union Labor Life Insurance Company will finance the development, which is now expected to break ground in mid-2022.

(PANYNJ)

The latest cost estimate includes $7.2 billion for design and construction and $2.3 billion in “financing and other costs,” Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said during a press conference Monday. Previous estimates had pegged the project’s total cost at $7.4 billion.

When asked about the difference, a spokesperson for the Port Authority attributed the increase to changes to the construction timeline and inflation, deferring further questions to the consortium of developers.

“Project costs have increased to account for the recent inflationary pressures that are being observed across all sectors of our economy,” a spokesperson for the consortium said, adding that travelers will still see rates “competitive with other terminals at JFK, as well as other world-class airport terminals globally.”

PANYNJ

The Port Authority is expected to vote on an amended version of the lease agreement with the Carlyle-led consortium on Thursday. In 2019, its Board of Commissioners approved a lease that would have expired in December 2050. The new deal would expire in 2060, giving the investors more time “to recover their multi-billion-dollar investments,” the governor’s office noted in a press release.

The project is part of a planned $13 billion overhaul of the airport, which was initiated under the Cuomo administration. The new Terminal 1 will include 23 international gates across 2.4 million square feet, spanning the collective footprints of current Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the former site of Terminal 3, which was demolished in 2013.

The project was delayed during the pandemic, and while other major infrastructure projects were called into question when Hochul took office, the JFK overhaul appeared to remain one of her priorities.





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    From left: Steven Roth, chief executive officer, Vornado Realty Trust; Kathy Hochul, governor of New York; Stephen Ross, chairman and founder, The Related Companies (Getty Images, iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
    Real estate showers Hochul with cash
    Real estate showers Hochul with cash
    Gov. Kathy Hochul Lays Out Replacement 421a (Getty Images, iStock, , Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal)
    New name, same basic idea: Hochul pitches 421a reform
    New name, same basic idea: Hochul pitches 421a reform
    (iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
    Hochul plan for resi towers is tall order
    Hochul plan for resi towers is tall order
    From left: Kathy Hochul, governor of New York; Robert Mujica, director of the budget for New York State (Getty Images, iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
    $2B in Hochul budget could fund rent relief
    $2B in Hochul budget could fund rent relief
    Demonstrators in front of the New York Public Library in Bryant Park (Photos by Suzie Cavanaugh for The Real Deal/Illustration by Steven Dilakian)
    Good cause eviction protest ends in arrests outside Hochul’s NYC office
    Good cause eviction protest ends in arrests outside Hochul’s NYC office
    RSA President Joseph Strasburg (iStock)
    Landlords, tenant lawyers clash over reopening of rent relief portal
    Landlords, tenant lawyers clash over reopening of rent relief portal
    Five industry priorities for Eric Adams
    Five industry priorities for Eric Adams
    Five industry priorities for Eric Adams
    Gov. Kathy Hochul, RSA President Joseph Strasburg, The Fortune Society's Andre Ward (Getty, Fortune Society/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
    Hochul aims to stop landlords’ knee-jerk rejections of ex-cons
    Hochul aims to stop landlords’ knee-jerk rejections of ex-cons
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...