Rendering of The ARK
John F. Kennedy International Airport is set to bring the world’s only animal terminal and USDA-approved quarantine facility to life in 2015.
The multifaceted project called ARK at JFK is approved by the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Construction is scheduled to begin next year on the massive $32 million project. The facility will span more than 14 acres and encompass Building 78, which is currently unused. Vetport, the current provider, will be phased out when the ARK opens.
According to The Post, The Spot Experience, an NY pet service provider, has been contracted to handle the daily operations for ARK developer Racebrook Capital. “All airline passengers deserve the highest quality of care, including animals,” said Mitch Marrow, Chief, and Founder of The Spot Experience.
Some 70,000 domestic and wild animals are expected to utilize the state-of-the-art facilities yearly, according to officials. Among the amenities – dog and cat grooming; a large outdoor area for exercise; an equine medical center, as well as an equine observation area; and a rehabilitation center for horses and other large animals. The ARK will be equipped to handle exotics and zoo animals as well.
Officials say this new setup will be larger than current facilities at airports in Miami and Los Angeles.