Andre Balazs to develop JFK’s iconic TWA terminal

From left: Andre Balazs and JFK's TWA terminal
From left: Andre Balazs and JFK's TWA terminal

Hotelier Andre Balazs has been tapped to develop the historic TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, to be called the Standard, Flight Center.

The terminal is to be overhauled and turned into a hotel and conference center with food and beverage, retail space, a spa, fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum.

Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the terminal, confirmed that the agency is only talking with Balazs.

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“The Port Authority is committed to preserving the essence of [architect Eero Saarinen’s] iconic design and to continuing to work with [Balazs Properties] on a plan to transform the historic TWA Flight Center into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK’s central terminal area,” Foye told the New York Post.

Balazs did not give the Post a time frame for the project.

The hotelier’s Standard brand has been actively wheeling and dealing lately, with plans to create a beach club venue at Pier 57 and 15th Street, as well as a search for buyers for his Standard High Line hotel. [NYP]Julie Strickland