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A Vision for Newark Airport: An Airport City Connected to Rail, Commerce and Community

Carl Galioto and William Kenworthey
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A Vision for Newark Airport: An Airport City Connected to Rail, Commerce and Community

Carl Galioto and William Kenworthey
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HOK collaborated with the New York Building Congress on a report outlining ambitious enhancements to transform Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) into an airport city.

Recognizing the potential for airports to offer the speed, accessibility and mobility critical to today’s global economy, cities across the world are pursuing large-scale, mixed-use developments directly adjacent to airports.

In the greater New York area, Newark Liberty International, with its proximity to the Northeast Corridor (NEC), is uniquely positioned to become one of these highly regarded multimodal transportation centers. The airport has nearly 480 acres of contiguous vacant, industrial and low-rise commercial properties located within half a mile that could provide the backbone for a new EWR City.

This report outlines how a new EWR City would:

• Offer 21st-century services, amenities and facilities for passengers, employees
and residents.
• Connect the local communities of Newark, Elizabeth and Hillside to economic development opportunities.
• Serve as a hub for corporations, technology companies and service industries that require convenient multimodal travel and hospitality amenities.
• Facilitate a true one-seat express ride from the city center to the airport.
• Provide an opportunity for resilient development and infrastructure for the future of the region.

Carl Galioto, HOK’s president and managing principal of the firm’s New York studio, and William Kenworthey, regional leader of planning in HOK’s New York office, led the report with analysis and visualization support from Jose Gerardo Ponte Neto, urban designer at HOK.

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