Summary

The City of Austin is using the EcoDistrict framework to communicate the many green and sustainable features of the Seaholm Development District. 

In 2013, the Office of Sustainability led a collaborative exploration of how EcoDistrict strategies and criteria apply to the entire Seaholm Redevelopment District – including both private- and public-sector projects. Opportunities have been identified for advanced, integrated green building, mobility, watershed and ecosystem protection, economic development, climate action, and community well-being.

In partnership with the Economic Development Department, the Office of Sustainability engaged a consultant to conduct an opportunity assessment of the District. Read the final report here

What is It?

This area, a former industrial section of southwest Downtown Austin, is undergoing a transformation into a vibrant urban neighborhood, across from Lady Bird Lake. The Seaholm Redevelopment Area has been master planned and individual projects are emerging; however, ample opportunities remain for EcoDistrict concepts to shape plans for how the neighborhood will be completed and managed.

About the Seaholm Redevelopment District
This area, a former industrial section of southwest Downtown Austin, is undergoing a transformation into a vibrant urban neighborhood, across from Lady Bird Lake. The Seaholm Redevelopment Area has been master planned and individual projects are emerging,from the private and public sectors.

The Seaholm EcoDistrict framework also helps illustrate how the area’s development aligns with the Core Principles for Action in the City’s Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. These include:
• Grow as a compact, connected city.
• Sustainably manage water, energy and other environmental resources.
• Integrate nature in the city.
• Think creatively and work together.

Application

Emerging Projects
Read about all private and public emerging projects here.

Major projects being advanced by the City of Austin include:

Seaholm Power Redevelopment: Thanks to a unique partnership between the redevelopment team and the City of Austin, Seaholm Power will combine housing, shopping, dining, work spaces, and cultural and community amenities in a unique 7.8 acre setting. An architectural gem built in the 1950s, the long-dormant Seaholm Power Plant is being preserved as a key piece of Austin’s past, united with the region’s vibrant future.
Green Water Treatment Plant Redevelopment: The site of the former City of Austin Green Water Treatment Plant is redeveloped by Trammell Crow into a multi-block, high density mixed-use project. Nueces Street and 2nd Street will be extended through the site, connecting the Second Street and Seaholm Power Districts.
New Central Library: A new Austin Central Library will arise on the site of a former Austin Energy substation, next to Seaholm Power along Shoal Creek. Adjacent parkland and public spaces are included in the project, to be completed in late 2015. See map here.