Powell Steam Plant

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This article is about the mixed-use redevelopment project. For the original utility plant, see Powell Avenue Steam Plant

The Powell Steam Plant is a redevelopment project under construction at the former Powell Avenue Steam Plant building, between Powell Avenue and the Railroad Reservation in downtown Birmingham's Parkside District. It is expected to open in 2023, anchored by the city's first Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

In 2012 Alabama Power purchased the Birmingham Parking Authority Lot D on Block 113C just north of the plant as part of a potential redevelopment of the combined site. In July 2014 the company's president, Mark Crosswhite, announced that the utility intended to develop a mixed-use cultural and entertainment complex at that location. HOAR Construction was hired to perform pre-construction clean-up and stabilization of the plant. Subcontractor Hamon Custodis performed specialized conservation work on the landmark smokestacks.

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January 2015. In September of that year, the utility won approval from the Birmingham Design Review Committee for its preliminary plans for a public urban plaza on the former parking lot. The plaza design was created by Nelson Byrd Woltz of Charlottesville, Virginia along with associated firms Birchfield, Penuel & Associates, Macknally Land Design and LBYD Engineers

After completing hazardous materials abatement and structural stabilization of the former steam plant, Alabama Power turned the development of the "Powell Steam Plant" project over to Orchestra Partners. In February 2022 the developers announced that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an Austin, Texas-based theater chain, would be the anchor tenant for the Steam Plant, leasing 50,000 of the 86,000 available square feet in the building.


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