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Public speaks out about next Seaholm redevelopments

Intake buildings and surrounding parkland discussed at open meeting

Former power plant intake on lake with a couple of skyscrapers behind
Seaholm Intake Facility
Austin Parks and Recreation Department

The adaptive reuse project that turned the city’s former Seaholm Power Plant, an Art Deco/Art Moderne wonder reinvented as an office space (and surrounding buildings added for residential and mixed-use space) was a high-profile, award-winning transformation and a big hit with many Austinites.

The city and two nonprofit organizations are now turning their attention to the next phase of that project: redeveloping the former plant’s intake facility on (and kind of in) Town (Lady Bird) Lake, as well as some of the land surrounding it.

The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) and The Trail Foundation (TTF), in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), invited Austinites to the first community input event on the Seaholm Waterfront Programming and Implementation Study Saturday.

Attendees discussed plans for the Seaholm Intake Structure and five acres of surrounding parkland located between the Pfluger Bridge and Shoal Creek and from the lake’s edge to West Cesar Chavez Street.

Former Seaholm Intake Facility
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

The Parks and Trail foundations are fully funding the $450,000 study and input project. Internationally recognized architecture and urbanism firm Studio Gang was selected to lead the study.

Inside the intake facility at Seaholm
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

There are more details about the subject on the city’s website here, and there’s an online survey in case you didn’t get a chance for input Saturday.

There aren’t a lot of drawings or specific plans for the area yet, so in the meantime, here are some cool historic photos.

Seaholm Power Plant
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Seaholm Power Plant
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Seaholm Power Plant
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Seaholm Power Plant, 1955
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library