ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A MILITARY VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY ON PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PROPERTY
PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2006)—The Allegheny County Airport Authority today announced an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on a 27-acre land leasing agreement to build a Military Vehicle Maintenance Facility on Airport property. The $32.4 million facility will initially employ about 100 full-time personnel.
The proposed facility is 145,000 square feet with 14 general purpose and 11 specialty work bays. It will be located in Moon Township on property adjacent to the 171st Air National Guard Base. The design process of the project is to begin this year. The Airport Authority will lease the property to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for a term of 29 years. The property will be used solely to operate a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop and Motor Vehicle Storage Compound.
The agreement was announced by Airport Authority Board Chairman Glenn Mahone, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, PA Senator John Pippy, PA Representative Mark Mustio and Mark Austin of the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs.
“Pittsburgh International Airport is one of our region’s leading economic generators. The benefits of developing airport property are quite significant, especially when it comes to job creation. This pact with the PA Department of Military and Veteran Affairs also demonstrates our commitment to keeping military operations and military jobs in our region,” said Chief Executive Onorato.
"Today`s announcement fits in perfectly with our continuing efforts to preserve the military related jobs and local economic revenue that was impacted by the BRAC commission`s decision to close the 99th RSC and the Kelly Support Facility. In the long run, completion of this new maintenance facility will constitute yet another major victory in our region`s ongoing battle to demonstrate the necessity of maintaining a strong military presence in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the importance of the Greater Pittsburgh Area`s military installations to America`s national defense," said Representative Mustio.
“This is an exciting day for the Pennsylvania National Guard. In addition to an economic boost to the region, the new facility will improve the efficiency and coordination for Guard operations in the Commonwealth. The growing pressures and responsibilities placed on the men and women in the Guard by threats outside and inside the country demand facilities that keep pace with them. Undoubtedly, this new maintenance facility, located at the crossroads of Western Pennsylvania, will accomplish that mission,” said Senator Pippy.
“The Township is extremely excited to be the home of this new facility, which will not only enrich the military presence here, but also create jobs in our region. Both the military and the Pittsburgh International Airport have been great assets to our community and this partnership represents an enhancement of that relationship that we welcome with open arms,” said Gregory G. Smith, Moon Township Manager.
“Today’s lease signing paves the way for a new state-of-the-art Combined Surface Maintenance Shop that will allow our Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers to properly and safely maintain combat vehicles in top condition,” said Mark Austin, director of the Bureau of Facilities and Engineering for the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “By closing four very old, land-locked National Guard facilities in the Pittsburgh area and co-locating the new facility with the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the Allegheny County Airport, we will be able to reduce operating costs, improve vehicle maintenance and enhance training for our soldiers.”