$32 Million Vehicle Facility to Be Built at Penn. Airport

A $32.4 million military vehicle maintenance facility is going to be built on Allegheny County-owned land near Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority said today it signed a 29-year lease with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for the 145,000-square-foot facility that will initially employ about 100 full-time personnel.

The center will be located in Moon adjacent to 171th Army National Guard base in Moon.

Design work for the center is expected to begin before the end of the year, authority officials said.

"Today's lease signing paves the way for a new state of the art combined surface maintenace shop that will allow our Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers to property and safely maintain combat vehicles in top condition," said Mark Austin, of the 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 enhace training for our soldiers," Austin said.

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