Alternative Growth

Faced with declining service from former hub carrier US Airways, Pittsburgh International Airport and the Allegheny County Airport Authority have assembled an ambitious development plan to generate aviation activity and jobs, support regional economic...


Across the Halverson Drive extension (to the north), approximately 43 acres would be reserved for warehouse and distribution facilities. This area would be developed to provide approximately 250,000 square feet of warehouse space with appropriate truck docks, staging areas, and vehicle parking. Landscaping along the south side of Business Route 60 would provide appropriate buffering for the community.

Farther west, an aviation industrial/manufacturing land use is recommended. This 46-acre area could accommodate many different types of manufacturing in a campus setting, including aircraft and aircraft parts assembly or non-aviation manufacturing.

The recommended use of the northwest 80 acres of the site, closest to the Flaugherty Run interchange, includes flexible office space, retail facilities, a truck stop and a hotel. The flexible office space would host office or light warehouse functions with approximately 900,000 square feet of space. A retail development and truck stop at the west end of the site would be accessible from the Flaugherty Run interchange. This area would feature 24,000 square feet of retail space to meet the needs of on-site employees and visitors. In addition, a hotel is recommended for the northwest corner of the site.

Thriving Development = Strong Community

It is expected that the North Field could generate about 5,600 jobs distributed among the various land uses at full build-out (graphic, page 11). These jobs could yield a total annual payroll of $301 million to the community. The development is expected to generate 16,000 daily vehicle trips (automobile and truck) and 23,000 annual aircraft operations. Construction costs for the entire development are projected at $837 million.

The long-term positive economic benefits from the North Field development should be substantial. In addition to the payroll mentioned above, leases and rents from land and facilities could yield approximately $103 million annually to the Airport and its tenants when the property is fully developed.

ACAA has initiated an Environmental Assessment to determine the potential environmental effects of the proposed plan.

Following completion of the environmental study, the authority will be ready to capitalize on opportunities created by the volatile aviation market. ACAA has taken a major step forward with a plan for development that can benefit Pittsburgh International and the entire Pittsburgh region for decades to come.

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