Filipa Rodrigues

City Council unanimously approved changes to the development agreement governing the renovation of the historic Seaholm Power Plant and its surrounding area.

The revisions come at the request of Seaholm Power LLC, the group overseeing the site’s redevelopment. As Seaholm Power managing partner John Rosato told City Council, the biggest change will allow the plant to build office space at the site.

Under the original 2008 master development agreement, ground-floor office space in the iconic, Art Deco building was prohibited. But developers argued the location and economic changes since 2008 made the space more conducive to retail. Several citizens spoke against the change, arguing the public should have greater access to the unique structure.