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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 18, 2018) - Today, City Council voted to move forward with a version of the Alamo Master Plan that will lead to the creation of 5,000 new, permanent jobs downtown ; the construction of a world-class museum; and essential improvements to the street scape. The ordinance includes closing, vacating and abandoning sections of right of way located on Alamo Street, Alamo Plaza, and Houston Street; and limiting sections of right of way located on Alamo Plaza, Alamo Street, Blum Street, Crockett Street, and E. Houston Street to pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles; and approving a ground lease and management agreement with the Texas General Land Office for property located in the historic Alamo mission footprint and property required for the development and management of the proposed Alamo visitor center and museum; and authorizing the negotiation and execution of all necessary documents related to the restoration and relocation of the Cenotaph within the Alamo Plaza area. District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, who serves on both the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and the Alamo Management Committee, provided the following statement:
“History is our greatest teacher, and our identity will be shaped by aspects of the past that we choose to honor. I believe the complete story of the Alamo has not been told as generations before us have been given little or no knowledge of the complex layers of history buried beneath. Those layers will be brought to life with the reclamation of most of the original mission footprint.
The process which has brought us here today was far-reaching, inclusive, and –in my experience– nothing short of meticulous. Hundreds of public meetings were held throughout the State, thousands of comments were considered, and countless hours were spent in order to get this plan right. We achieved consensus through strong leadership, meaningful dialogue, and a collaborative approach. Several important changes were made including the increasing the number of access points and trees; the removal of the glass walls; and the relocation of the Cenotaph 500 feet closer to its original intended location. Over many years, the process as outlined in the tri-party Cooperative Agreement still holds up.
Going forward, the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and the Alamo Management Committee will continue to meet in an official capacity to oversee the implementation of the master plan and ensure it meets the vision and guiding principles unanimously approved by all involved committees.
Thank you to the Alamo Executive Committee, the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee - especially my fellow tri-chairs, and the Alamo Management Committee for working thoughtfully and methodically to bring the Alamo Master Plan to fruition.
I am profoundly grateful for the involvement of each and every resident in San Antonio and across Texas. The Alamo Master Plan put forth today encapsulates the visions and efforts of thousands of Texans and honors the profound history which permeates from this site. My deep involvement with this project has led me to the belief that the Alamo’s history, not only defines us, it unites us.”