JFK executives are not too keen on Balazs' vision for a new modern design like that of his other properties, and Balazs is said to be complaining that Saarinen's architecture doesn't fit his own design ethic.
"Differing opinions over the design" reports The Post "have become a sticking point in the negotiations".
From the Post:
"JFK [officials] said he wasn’t the right aesthetic fit,” our source snipped. But the Port Authority says otherwise: “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.”
Considering the TWA Terminal is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of Endangered Historic Places and has narrowly avoided the wrecking ball before, we can see where the JFK execs are coming from.
As can Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times:
Dear Andre Balazs, the Saarinen TWA building is a lot cooler looking than any of your hotels http://t.co/3rmoiCn9qI— Ginia Bellafante (@GiniaNYT) August 19, 2013