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December 6th, 2013

HIA begins $1.8 Million Project to remove Old Terminal Building, 124 Acres Designated as Keystone Opportunity Zones

MIDDLETOWN, PA –  The last remaining facility associated with air travel prior to September 11th, is now being removed at Harrisburg International Airport.

“Today we officially kick off the old terminal building demolition project,” said H. Glenn “Bub” Manning, chairman of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority.  “At this time our contractors have begun relocating communications lines and utilities.  After the turn of the year, they will begin to tear this building down from the inside out.  We expect by the end of the summer to have a total of about 20 acres of ready and available space for future development.”

The $1.8 million project is funded by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the state of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Aviation and SARAA.

Three HIA parcels approved as KOZ sites

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development today announced that three parcels of HIA property—totaling about 124 acres—have been designated as Keystone Opportunity Zones.  A Keystone Opportunity Zone is a geographic area that provides specific state and local tax benefits. The goal of the KOZ program is to revive economically distressed areas with one of the most powerful market-based incentives – eliminating taxes.

The three approved SARAA owned properties include the parking lot and old terminal building site, the former Bethlehem Steel property on the western end of the airport and the former Crawford Station power plant site on the eastern end of the airport.

The Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority and the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation sponsored the application in cooperation with the Middletown Area School District, the Steelton-Highspire School District, Lower Swatara Township and the Boroughs of Middletown and Highspire.

“We are grateful to our local and state partners for their support regarding the KOZ initiative,” said Dave Black, president and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.  “Having this designation will help the economic development community compete more aggressively for new business investment at the airport thus creating jobs and increased economic activity for the surrounding region.”

HIA begins Master Plan process

In October, HIA began a nearly 18-month project to update the airport’s Master Plan.

An airport master plan is a study used to determine the long-term development plans—usually between 10 and 20 years—for an airport.  Since airports are required to be financially self-sustaining entities the master plan process creates a framework where airport neighbors can offer input on how current and future facilities at HIA can better serve our region’s needs.

“Having a vibrant and efficient airport is essential when trying to attract new business.  Increasing global access to domestic and international markets for passengers and cargo improves revenue opportunities for all companies who have already committed to this region,” said Tim Edwards, HIA executive director.  “As a result of these three initiatives—the removal of the old terminal building, the KOZ designations and the Master Plan process—we look forward to working with our neighbors so that HIA plays an integral role in a successful Partnership for Regional Growth.”


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