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About Seaholm District
Seaholm District in Downtown Austin is currently more concept than reality at the writing of this page. Plans are that, over time, it will become a thriving Downtown Austin neighborhood. The concept initiated around the decommissioning of an industrial section of Downtown Austin that included the Seaholm Electric Plant and the Green Water Treatment Plant. Situated on both sides of Shoal Creek east of the train tracks as they cross into Downtown Austin, the area has been somewhat isolated until recently.
The City of Austin sent out Requests for Proposals and development teams were selected to renovate both the Seaholm and Green Water Treatment sites and the surrounding areas. In addition to Austin’s new Central Library site, development is likely to include hotels, office buildings, shopping and condominiums. The city is working on related infrastructure but the economy has put some of the other plans on hold. As development occurs, West Ave. and 2nd St. are due to be extended to provide access into the district.
Seaholm Power Plant
The Seaholm District gets its name from Downtown Austin’s former power plant. With phase 1 construction in 1950, the Seaholm Power Plant has an iconic mid-century / art deco look. Austinites are quick to recognize the main building’s lettering and lightning bolt logo. Developers intend to retain this look and feel.
Seaholm District’s Location
A whole new area of Downtown Austin will emerge. Set between Downtown Austin’s 2nd St. and Market Districts, the development of Seaholm will also better connect these two neighborhoods. Shoal Creek also runs through the Seaholm District. While many Austinites have never enjoyed the creek’s trails here, development is likely to provide increase access to this Downtown Austin gem.