Seaholm intake facility proposes P3, 20-year license for developer

May 5, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Visions of the rebuilt Seaholm intake facility may have turned heads last year, but while the renderings were impressive, the architects' drawings didn't come with a way to make them a reality. Now, city officials are looking to a public-private partnership and a 20-year license agreement to help remake the waterfront building

The Seaholm intake facility, an art deco structure built in the 1950s that sucked cool water into the power plant before it was retired in 1989, has become a sort of public-access focal point for the massive redevelopment efforts underway on the land owned by and formerly owned by the city in the southwest corner of downtown Austin

Already, the area is full of constructions sites for projects such as the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment, the Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment and the new city library. The Seaholm intake facility, just across Cesar Chavez Street from those projects and on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake, is owned by the parks department and is slated to become the crowning public recreation amenity for the area  

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