The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has invited designers and developers to share their ideas for JFK Central’s mixed-use space.

PANYNJ issued a request for information (RFI), encouraging firms that specialise in designing, developing, and operating multi-use commercial developments or large-scale public spaces to submit their visions for JFK Central.

Participants can propose ideas and concepts for the commercial component, the public space component, or both.

The 14-acre mixed-use hub is built on top of the airport’s Ground Transportation Center. It forms part of the $13bn modernisation project of JFK Airport.

The mixed-used facility will contain retail and dining facilities, office space, recreational and cultural offerings, as well as events for airport passengers and staff.

It can be accessed from Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 in the southern half of the Central Terminal Area.

New York Governor Andrew said: “Airports are the front door to New York, which is why it is so important that we transform JFK Airport into an innovative, modern, and accommodating space for domestic and international travellers.”

By announcing the RFI, the Port Authority has moved one step forward in realising Governor Cuomo’s $13bn vision plan for the future of JFK, which was unveiled in October last year.

The modernisation plan covers the construction of two new terminals, passenger amenities, and convenient ground transportation facilities.

Nearly 90% ($12bn) of the investment will be offered by private funds.

In February, British Airways and American Airlines reached an agreement to invest $344m in upgrading Terminal 8 at JFK Airport.