08/19/2013 01:57 pm ET

Andre Balazs JFK Hotel Plans Stalled Due To Design Differences


Plans for a new hotel at John F. Kennedy International Aiport have hit a snag after designs from hotelier Andre Balazs clashed with the desires of JFK executives.

The famed hotelier - and apparent farmer? - recently signed on to construct a 150-room hotel at the site of JFK's TWA terminal. But the New York Post reports construction is delayed, as JFK reps imagine a more traditional design compared to Balazs's trendier style, seen at his properties in Manhattan's Meatpacking District and in Miami.

The current terminal, a 50s-era brainchild of architect Eero Saarinen, is revered for its retro design. The Port Authority chose Balazs to take over the historic spot after a long jockeying process that included Donald Trump and Starwood Hotels.

While the sailing might not be exactly smooth, Balazs is still committed to the project. According to the Port Authority via the New York Post:

“After a lengthy and highly competitive request for proposals process, the Port Authority is engaged in negotiation with a high-quality hotelier for the adaptive reuse of the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport. The Port Authority and the hotelier are committed to preserving the essence of Eero Saarinen’s iconic design in the final agreement.”

As for the terminal, it seems to be savoring its 15 minutes of fame with a little extra time on the screen.



Inside the TWA Flight Center