2013-04-03 / Front Page

Port Authority Approves $83M Garage For LaG Airport

By Liz Goff

Port Authority (PA) officials last week announced approval of plans for a new, $83 million parking garage at LaGuardia Airport.

The announcement marks the latest chapter in the ongoing expansion of LaGuardia Airport, Port Authority officials said.

Plans call for construction of a garage opposite Delta Airlines Terminal C that will accommodate approximately 1,100 vehicles, officials said. The garage is the most recent addition in the modernization of the airport and is expected to handle an increase in Delta passengers who will utilize LaGuardia Terminals C and D as they are renovated, PA officials said.

“The Port Authority has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to transform its airports into world-class facilities,” Port Authority vice chairman Scott Rechler said in a prepared statement.

“This project continues that effort and will ensure there is sufficient parking to address our projections for substantial growth in air travel at this vital aviation facility in the decades to come,” Rechler said.

Port Authority officials broke ground on a $160 million renovation program at LaGuardia in April 2012 that includes a bridge connecting Terminals C and D, a new Delta Sky Club and expanded security lanes at both terminals.

Construction is expected to start on the new garage later this year and will be completed by February 2015. The garage is slated for completion before Parking Lot 2 is demolished as part of the project.

A new Central Terminal Building will be constructed on the site of the former Parking Lot 2, PA officials said.

Port Authority officials anticipate the garage will create approximately 500 jobs, both directly and indirectly, adding up to about $33 million in wages and $140 million in economic activity.

LaGuardia currently has 6,800 public spaces that generate $41 million in gross revenues and $24 million in net revenues each year.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley has been closely monitoring the expansion and will continue to provide oversight of ongoing projects, spokesperson Courtney Gidner said.

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