The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) has recognized the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Seaholm Power Development, LLC with a 2016 DANA Urban Light Award for the Seaholm Redevelopment.
Each year DANA honors projects or initiatives that help create a vibrant urban environment for our city. The Urban Light Award recognizes an aspect of downtown that positively transforms the downtown area and points toward a bright future.
“The Seaholm Redevelopment brings a palpable new energy, culturally and economically, to the southwest quadrant of downtown, honoring Austin's civic infrastructure of the past while driving progress toward a vibrant and dense mixed use environment, said Meredith Powell, President, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association. “For the City's and Seaholm LLC's public-private partnership and commitment to this transformation, we're proud to honor the Seaholm Redevelopment this year.”
Demonstrating an environmentally-conscious approach to community redevelopment, the preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Seaholm power plant building was the impetus in its redevelopment into a mixed-use anchor for the district. Two new buildings, an underground parking garage and green roof plaza have been added to the existing generator building.
The green redevelopment of the site features a mix of office space, residential, public art, an outdoor terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake, and a plaza framed by ground floor retail and restaurants. In addition, an innovative rainwater harvesting/stormwater quality treatment system that reuses the power plant infrastructure has been installed and serves both the redevelopment area and surrounding streets and sidewalks.
“Strong, vibrant communities not only help build community, but help attract companies and opportunity to the city,” said Kevin Johns, Director, City of Austin Economic Development Department. “The Seaholm Redevelopment valued at $150 million will forever be a powerful reminder that a community vision coupled with engaging placemaking design can shape an area of great promise.”
Construction of all phases of the project is now substantially complete. The first phase, including the historic power plant building, the low rise and associated streets, streetscapes and plaza areas has been open for one year. The condominium tower, including the ground floor restaurant, will begin occupancy within the next month.
The awards were presented on February 21 at the DANA Annual Meeting in downtown Austin.
About the City of Austin Economic Development Department – Redevelopment Division
The City of Austin Economic Development Department (EDD) develops and leads the innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austin’s citizens, our businesses, and our diverse neighborhoods. With a focus on regenerating key assets of the city, Economic Development has implemented catalyst redevelopment projects, including the Seaholm District, Second Street Retail District, and the Mueller Redevelopment. For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd. @econvitalityATX
Pictured from left to right: Greg Kiloh – City of Austin Economic Development Department Redevelopment Division; Meredith Powell, DANA President; John Rosato, Seaholm Power Development, LLC Managing Partner
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