A recent open house of the historic TWA Terminal, which has been vacant for two decades now, attracted thousands of visitors. It's a modern architectural marvel, sitting unappreciated and unused at JFK Airport. It should be revered and held in hight regard as a symbol of the city's aviation history.
Instead, it sits next to a parking garage gathering dust.
The project proposed by MCR Developers would uphold the architectural integrity of the project, made by the same architect who designed the St. Louis Archway. It wouldn't change the structure, it would preserve it.
The project now heads to three local community boards where, truthfully, there should be little to no opposition. The members of the local community boards and elected officials need to recognize that this project is a positive one.
JFK Airport is one of the only airports in the country without an on-site hotel, so it would also bring jobs to an area that's starved for employment opportunities. In nearby Rockaway, elected officials are clamoring for more job opportunities for their constituents and this is the type of project there needs to be more of in New York City.
On top of that, it becomes a new destination for history, preservation and architecture buffs. Above all, it preserves a piece of history that would otherwise continue to disintegrate. The remediation alone is going to cost roughly $60 million, so finding someone that's willing to pick up that tab, while renovating the inside to look like it did in 1962? That's a no-brainer.