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Pittsburgh Film Office pursuing new film production studio complex for Carrie Furnace site in Rankin

There is a proposal to put a film production studio at the Carrie Furnace site. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

RANKIN, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Film Office is spearheading a plan to establish a new film production campus on the Carrie Furnace site, the 150-acre brownfield that Allegheny County has been working to redevelop around the remaining historic blast furnaces of the former steel mill.

The film office recently applied for $5 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a popular and competitive state grant resource implemented by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, detailing plans for what it is calling the Pittsburgh Film & Entertainment Industry Village.

Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, confirmed the basics of the plan in an email, arguing for the strong need for a new dedicated film production facility in the region to support an industry that often brings $100 million of film and episodic production to western Pennsylvania each year.