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Developers Sought For Hotel At JFK Airport

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The distinctive 1962 TWA Terminal. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The distinctive 1962 TWA Terminal. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Developers are being sought for plans that would turn the vacant TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport into the centerpiece of a boutique hotel.

The once-glamorous terminal was designed by modernist Eero Saarinen, whose works include the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey envisions a 150-room hotel in the space between the old TWA terminal and the new JetBlue building.

Executive Director Chris Ward tells The Wall Street Journal that the plans could result in a hotel with the “hippest, coolest-looking front office.”

The agency says construction could finish two years after a developer is signed.

Some hurdles remain. The TWA terminal is a New York City landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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