AUSTIN, Minn.- A historic power plant is letting its lights shine one last time.
The Austin Municipal Power Plant is officially empty. For more than 100 years, it was home for parts of Austin Utilities before they relocated this year.
Power to the building will be turned off within the next couple of weeks and by turning it off, customers will save a lot of money.
“There is a large cost to keep this building heated and water flowing and the electricity on,” said Mark Nibaur, General Manager at Austin Utilities, “so it’s a component of saving cost for the utilities for our customers by decommissioning and turning electricity, gas and water off to the facility.”
The site will eventually house a community recreation center and they’re hoping to start with renovations in the fall of 2017.