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

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.

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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.

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