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.
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.
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.