ARK Development, LLC, an affiliate of real estate company Racebrook Capital, signed a 30-year lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop, finance, construct, operate and manage “The ARK at JFK.” The $48-million, 178,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animal handling and intelligent air cargo facility will be the world’s only privately owned animal handling cargo terminal and USDA-approved, full-service 24-hour airport quarantine facility for the import and export of livestock and other animals. Opening is targeted for the first quarter of 2016.

The ARK at JFK will be constructed at the current site of Cargo Building 78 at JFK, with 14.4 acres of surrounding ground area, which includes direct airside access to the taxiway and large aircraft ramp parking. The structure on the site has been vacant for 10 years. It will be divided into three complementary sections: the air cargo wing, a central administrative and business center with 24-hour veterinary hospital, and the main animal handling facility, including a livestock export handling system.

The ARK at JFK has been designed by leading architects, designers and engineers. A livestock export handling system, designed by professor Temple Grandin, will allow for the safe and efficient handling of cattle, goats, pigs and sheep from truck to aircraft. Veterinary services will be available 24/7, 365 days per year, including general medicine, emergency, critical care, internal medicine, surgery and advanced diagnostics.