Onorato & Airport Authority Officials Break Ground on New Development at Pittsburgh International Airport’s North Field Site
FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. March 25, 2009— Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Airport Authority officials, Governor’s Action Team members, Trammell Crow Company executives, and community leaders today broke ground on the PIT International LogisticsCentre, a master planned industrial park at the intersection of Business Route 60 and International Drive.
The development is part of Pittsburgh International Airport’s 440-acre North Field site, which includes Dick’s Sporting Goods new world headquarters. PIT International LogisticsCentre will be located within Foreign Trade Zone #33, which offers companies the opportunity to reduce or eliminate duties on imported goods.
“Once the PIT International LogisticsCentre is completed, it will be a sparkling addition to Southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy, one that Site Selection Magazine recently heralded as the seventh best for major development in the country,” said Governor Edward G. Rendell. “Pennsylvania supports and invests in projects like this because they mean good things for the economy, for workers and for the region. We’ve been dedicated to investing in the companies that stay here, move here and grow here, and this is proof of our commitment.”
The PIT International LogisticsCentre will be situated on a 160-acre development site that is currently being prepared, including the reclamation of abandoned mines, installation of water, sewer and other utilities, surface grading and reshaping, and construction of an extension of International Drive. Preparing the 160 acres and installing the public infrastructure is being funded through a $7-million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from Governor Rendell, a $5-million TIF approved by Allegheny County, Findlay Township and the West Allegheny School District, $2 million from the Airport Authority, and a $700,000 grant from the federal government.
The site will be ready for construction this fall. When fully built out, the 160-acre site could include up to 900,000 square feet of Class A warehouse, distribution and air cargo space, representing an estimated $90 million in private investment.
“Today’s event marks another milestone in the development of airport property,” said Onorato. “Businesses want to be located next to our world-class airport. By installing public infrastructure and creating shovel-ready sites, we are attracting significant private investment, and the airport corridor is flourishing. The PIT International LogisticsCentre will create jobs and attract even more businesses and development to this area.”
“Pittsburgh International Airport’s role as an economic generator is two-fold – providing high-quality, competitive air service in and out of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and developing key properties to attract new industry and jobs,” said Airport Authority Chairman Glenn R. Mahone. “The Allegheny County Airport Authority is grateful for all of the support we have gotten from Findlay Township officials and supervisors, the West Allegheny School District, Allegheny County and Governor Rendell.”
Construction on the PIT International LogisticsCentre will begin this fall, and buildings will be developed in phases during the next several years.
“Trammell Crow Company is pleased to partner with the Airport Authority on this new endeavor and the overwhelming support from County Executive Onorato and Governor Rendell is greatly appreciated,” said Managing Director Steven Bradford. “Each of the Phase I buildings is designed to maximize operational and economic efficiency for a wide range of occupants. This is an exceptional location that combined with smart design offering the latest in engineering and construction technology will certainly serve to attract a broad range of new and expanding companies.”