Kane, Procon scrap plans for Pease air cargo facility that stirred controversy

Developers switch focus to aeronautical R&D, advanced manufacturing opportunities
Now Dropped Proposal

Rendition of now-scrapped plan for an air cargo/distribution facility on the north apron of the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

Plans for an air cargo facility at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, which faced much pushback from the public, are being dropped.

The Kane Company and Procon are now pivoting away from air cargo and toward other aeronautical-related opportunities at Pease, according to leaders of the two companies.

The air cargo proposal had struck a chord across the Seacoast, with many residents raising concerns about how the project could affect their quality of life. Concerned citizens attended a Pease Development Authority board meeting in March, citing potential issues with traffic congestion, increased noise from night flights and possible health and environmental issues. Lawn signs opposing an air cargo facility popped up in communities surrounding the airport.

Now there’s a new plan, as outlined in a May 12 letter from John Kane, chief investment officer of The Kane Company, and John Stebbins, Procon’s managing director, sent to Paul Brean, executive director of the Pease Development Authority.

Complete story available at Seacoast Online.

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