Pittsburgh Airport breaks ground on innovation campus

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Officials broke ground on the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus and have launched the airport’s long range plan for flexible real estate development.

The innovation campus is a 195-acre parcel that will feature office space, research and development laboratories, and industrial manufacturing, as well as a town center with restaurants, retail, with a long-range plan of connecting to the terminal.

The three-phase construction plan includes up to 16 pad-ready sites available by 2023, and is modeled after the Schiphol development at Amsterdam International Airport.

The innovation campus has been designated as a licensed World Trade Center site by the World Trade Centers Association and is located within a foreign-trade zone. The designation allows companies to import goods, manufacture products and resell them outside the U.S. and provides relief or exemption of certain duties and tariffs.

Full development of the site is expected to take 10 years or more, with construction of the first building beginning in two to three years.

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