Austin, Texas (KXAN) — Some major changes are happening at the Seaholm Power Plant.
The main restaurant has been announced and all 280 condos on the site have been reserved.
And while It might be hard to believe with all of the construction trucks and activity going on at the site, it is still on track to be open to the public by the end of the year.
“We tried really hard to maintain the essence of the building,” said John Rosato, Managing Partner for the Seaholm Development.
That essence is the industrial feel of when the plant was built in the 1950’s and housed the offices for Austin Energy.
“You came here to pay your bills and there was a safe upstairs and people came with cash because back then people didn’t have checking accounts,” said Rosato.
Thanks to Athenahealth leasing out the building those offices are being remodeled.
And in keeping with the original design the floor will remain open.
The five turbines that sat on huge concrete tables were taken out so an open office concept can be created on the two stories below.
“A lot of people come in here and say put in more floors and you have more floor space you can rent but then we lose the actual feeling of the space,” said Rosato.
Three of the five boilers were also removed and more windows were installed to allow more natural light to come in.
And one of those boilers is the center piece of the plant’s main restaurant called Boiler 9.
“He’s adding in a mezzanine level to make it four stories,” said Rosato. “Which is going to be phenomenal.”
Outside the giant hole in the ground is the parking garage that will eventually turn into a 30 story condo tower with a low rise and Trader Joe’s attached.
A plaza will connect it with the plant.
“It’s kind of like a neighborhood park as well as the front yard,” said Rosato.
While the Seaholm Plant and Trader Joe’s are expected to open by the end of 2014, the condos won’t be ready for move-in until mid-2015.
Also when it’s complete West and Seaholm Boulevard will be extended through to Cesar Chavez