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Letter: Reasons to save Pan Am structure

Originally constructed in 1960 as the Pan Am

Originally constructed in 1960 as the Pan Am Worldport and now known as Terminal 3, the Delta Airlines terminal is an early example of modernist architecture at one of the nation's best-known airports. (Feb. 28, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Your article on the pending demolition of the former Pan Am Worldport omitted sufficient key information to call into question its objectivity ["At JFK, some are singing the . . . wrecking ball blues," News, July 5].

For example, why was there no mention of the site recently being placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America"? The trust is a respected organization with a long track record of identifying important locations in dire need of protection, and lends credence to calls for some form of preservation.

Also, why was it not indicated that the proposed renovation and reuse of the historic rotunda section, occupying only four of 48 acres in the entire site, is unlikely to threaten the viability of any redevelopment, repaving or aircraft parking plan? There is a hospitality corporation interested in reuse of the building.

Finally, did the author even inquire which long-term jobs Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority claim the planned demolition and paving would create? This was a very one-sided view in favor of demolition, while omitting the benefits of keeping the iconic structure intact.

Marcus Babzien, Center Moriches