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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 18, 2018) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued the following statement regarding the Alamo Plan approved by City Council today:
“Today’s vote is one of the biggest decisions that members of this council will make in their time at City Hall. This is a historic moment and a turning point that finally gives the Alamo the reverent treatment I believe it deserves.
For Texas, and indeed this nation, the Alamo stands as a testament to courage in the quest for independence. For San Antonio, it has long been a source of civic pride.
The history of the Alamo is complicated. While it is best known as a battlefield, it was also a mission of early Spanish founders, a place of worship.
Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a national landmark, a place of tradition, a place of new beginnings, a place of celebration, a place of civic unity, a place of honor and a place of commerce.
The layered history of this place has created the physical aspects of Alamo Plaza, as well as how we regard it. This moment is a huge turning point in both regards.
The celebrated history, ownership and control of the Alamo have, however, confounded past efforts to tell its story. It is not lost on me that visitors are more likely to learn about the historic battle of the Alamo at a nearby movie theater rather than at the Alamo itself. While we may disagree about many things in this city, when it comes to the Alamo we all agree that we can do better.
To truly tell the story of the Alamo, we must tell the entire story of the Alamo, from its establishment as a mission to the battle itself and its place as a civic gathering venue and memorial. The commercial nature of Alamo Plaza has made that difficult in the past.
Over the past four years — through an unprecedented partnership between the City, the State of Texas and the Alamo Endowment — we have engaged in community dialogue about the future of the Alamo. It has not been easy. Progress has been slow at times.
Like its history, planning the future of Alamo Plaza has been complicated. First, key points of agreement were reached in principle. These plans were little more than concepts. Slowly but surely, this four year planning process has progressed.
In August, San Antonio citizens who serve on Alamo Citizens Advisory Commission approved the key planning concepts for the Alamo, which was then approved by the Alamo Management Committee.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush and I have both signed the Alamo Plan resolution. Along with today’s vote, our approval effectively ends the planning phase. Now, begins the real work of designing, constructing and programming of a world-class historic site and museum for the Alamo.
Public and private sponsors expect to contribute approximately $450 million to make this vision a reality. It may prove to be one of the largest investments and most transformative projects in San Antonio’s recent history.
I support the Alamo Plan with an earnest and heartfelt understanding of the viewpoints and strong emotions held by people in this community. In the end, the Alamo Plan will lead an overdue reverence and a celebration of history that the Alamo desperately needs. The plan has my full support.
As we move forward with the implementation of this plan, I sincerely hope that the entire community will remain engaged and support this effort so that Alamo Plaza reaches its full potential.”