Bloomberg NewsTravelers wait to check in at the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in 2010. The Port Authority is planning to begin construction on a new terminal in 2014.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is eyeing a 2014 start to construction of a replacement for the cramped, outdated Central Terminal Building at La Guardia Airport.
The authority is seeking proposals from private terminal operators, bankers and consultants to finance, design and build a replacement terminal, according to a request for information issued quietly last month.
Plans are still tentative, and construction might not start by 2014. But the request for information is one of the most concrete steps yet toward replacing the terminal.
“I think the schedule is our best estimate to how the transaction or transactions could fall into place,” said Patrick Foye, the Port Authority’s executive director. “Obviously we’re going to be driven by the suggestions that come in from industry partners.”
The schedule calls for construction to be completed by the end of 2021 at a cost of about $3.6 billion.
The city’s construction industry added 1,700 jobs last month, making it one of the best-performing employment sectors for August, second only to retail, according to a new report from Eastern Consolidated. Year-to-date, 3,000 New York City construction jobs have been created, representing 2.6 percent of the industry, but construction employment is still 11.8 percent off its August 2008 peak. Meanwhile, 400 jobs were added in real estate, bringing the total for 2010 thus far to 4,100 new employees in the city’s industry, or 3.5 percent of the workforce. New York City real estate, which Eastern Consolidated considers to include brokerage firms, leasing agencies and management companies, has now all but entirely recovered the job losses incurred during the recession, with employment down just 0.3 percent off its peak. Architecture, meanwhile, continues to suffer, losing another 200 jobs last month, which brings the yearly total for the industry in New York City to 1,200. New York’s architecture industry has lost 4.8 percent of its workforce this year and 22.8 percent of its workforce since August 2008, Eastern Consolidated data shows. via TRD