Officials Unveil Major Brownfield Redevelopment Project at Pittsburgh International Airport

A public private partnership involving Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Airport Authority is planning the construction of an international trade center complex right next to Pittsburgh International Airport.

A public private partnership involving Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Airport Authority is planning the construction of an international trade center complex right next to Pittsburgh International Airport.

Slated to rise on a brownfield site of about 195 acres, the new Pittsburgh International Airport World Trade Center is envisioned to include over one million square feet of Class A office space, 90,000 square feet for research and development and a 400-room hotel with convention space. There will also be land available for up to six corporate hangars which will allow a corporate user to locate its headquarters building and its corporate hangar in the same business park.

The development is estimated to generate $250 million in private investment and lead to the creation of 7,000 direct and indirect jobs, and more than 1,200 construction jobs.

Gov. Tom Corbett officially unveiled the project on August 14, when he also announced a total of $7 million in state grants that would offset site remediation and infrastructure costs.

“Pennsylvania’s industries of the past have created opportunities for state and local leaders to work together to transform oft-neglected land into useable, productive centers of business, recreation and commerce,” said Gov. Corbett. “The Pittsburgh World Trade Center will be a beacon for travelers, businesses and workers alike and will serve as an economic engine for the region, generating new tax revenues and creating thousands of new jobs.”

Located off Interstate 376 at the western end of the runways, the site is part of an overall foreign trade zone around the airport that enables companies to benefit from favorable customs treatment.

A former coal mine and area used to dump municipal waste, the land is not generating any tax revenue to the state and local economy. Upon completion of the project, the coal mines and mine spoil will be removed, a new road will be installed, grading will be completed and a new pathway will be provided for the Montour Trail connection to the airport.

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