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Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Media Advisory: Alameda Theater Conservancy Releases a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural design services for the restoration of the Alameda Theater complex

Contact: Kelly Kapaun Saunders
Office: (210) 207-8031
kelly.saunders@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2017) — The Alameda Theater Conservancy (ATC), a non-profit organization, released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking qualified firms to provide architectural design services for the restoration of the Alameda Theater complex. The estimated cost for the project is $23 million. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017 at 3 p.m. CST. The RFQ can be downloaded at www.alamedatheaterconservancy.org.

MORE: The Alameda Theater complex was completed in 1949 as a Mexican-American entertainment venue. The theater featured performances by major artists from throughout the United States, Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. In 1994, the City of San Antonio acquired the property.

The City of San Antonio, in partnership with Bexar County, Texas Public Radio (TPR) and La Familia Cortez, has now created a conceptual plan to restore and reopen the Theater as a multi-media live performing arts and film center featuring the American Latino-Multicultural Story. The project will also include the relocation of TPR’s headquarters to the newly constructed back area of the theater. Qualified firms must have experience with working on culturally significant projects with multiple stakeholders.

The partners created the Alameda Theater Conservancy in May 2017 to operate and program the Alameda Theater. This new nonprofit will have a dedicated staff and board to oversee design, construction and programming for the project, and it will engage the community in fundraising efforts to support the Theater and its operation. The initial board includes representatives from the City, County, TPR, and La Familia Cortez.

The $23 million project is funded by the City, County, and TPR. The City and County will provide $9 million each for the capital project through the Houston Street Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and TPR will provide $5 million.

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