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LaGuardia Renovation Plan Reaches Cruising Altitude

The Port Authority is reviewing development proposals for a $2.4 billion project to renovate New York City’s notoriously derelict La Guardia Airport. Renderings from one proposal have also hit the wire.
March 19, 2014, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Renderings of New York-based design firm Neoscape’s proposed plans for LaGuardia Airport have sparked coverage of the facility’s expansion and renovation.

The Real Deal reports that the Port Authority is in the process of reviewing request for proposals for a $2.4 billion renovation of LaGuardia. Moreover, “[the] agency hopes to announce an approved development plan in the next few weeks.”

Rebecca Harshberger reports for the New York Post about the renovation, describing some of the details of the proposed expansion:

“The 1.3-million-square-foot space is one-third larger than the current central terminal.

LaGuardia currently handles double the amount of passengers for which it was built. About 12 million people travel through the airport each year, and the number is expected to rise to 18 million by 2030.”

In February, Amy Langfield reported on the reaction to comments by Vice President Joe Biden that LaGuardia can be mistaken for a “Third World” airport. At the time, the Port Authority had recently proposed a “10-year, $27 billion capital plan that creates more than 126,000 jobs and invests $8 billion in modernizing the region's airports…” 

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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in New York Post
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