ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN FOR PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 20, 2011) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority’s role as an economic generator is two-fold: to provide high quality, competitive air service in and out of southwestern PA and to develop key properties which attract new industry and jobs. The Airport Authority recently released the results of a study of future property development opportunities at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The project presents a visual and quantified description of land uses and development capacity surrounding the airport.
“The Master Plan will help us direct the growth of the property surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport. It’s a comprehensive document that we can share with potential tenants to show them why this is a desirable location for development,” said Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Development interest for the land surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport is substantial and continues to rise. Significant investment and development has occurred at Clinton Commerce Park, Cherrington Commerce Center, and Airside Business Park. One anchor tenant, Dick’s Sporting Goods, located their World Headquarters facility and private hangar adjacent to Pittsburgh International Airport’s northernmost runway.
“Shovel ready sites have been a high priority for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. The master plan is a significant example of desirable airport-related development. These projects illustrate considerable development interest around Pittsburgh International Airport and they are assets to be leveraged and complimented by land uses outlined in this Development Master Plan update,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The study includes an analysis of slopes, potential wet areas, natural corridors, existing development, and roads, which resulted in a preliminary buildable development area. Potential land uses were defined on a plot by plot basis, with the input and oversight of Findlay and Moon Township representatives. Potential uses for the land include the following: Airport Related; Light Industrial/Warehouse /Distribution; Technology/Flex/R & D; Office; and Hospitality. Commercial/retail uses were also considered for sites as a supporting use for primary development needs.
The Airport Authority commissioned the study which was conducted by IDC Architects. Similar studies were conducted in 2003 and 2004. The 2010 Development Master Plan serves as an update to portions of the 2003 and 2004 reports. The 2010 plan accounts for new development on the airport, and also incorporates accurate mapping, data, and property boundary information.
Several stakeholders contributed their insight and ideas to help mold the Development Master Plan, including representatives from Moon and Findlay Townships and regional leaders from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Allegheny County Economic Development, the Governors Action Team, the Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.
The complete Development Master Plan is available here.