CONTACT: Kristy Hernandez, 210.207.0969
SAN ANTONIO (April 15, 2021) — Today, San Antonio’s City Council approved a new lease agreement that will incorporate the latest design concepts for the Alamo Plan. This is the first step to moving the Alamo Plan forward and is a pivotal moment for the City of San Antonio and State of Texas. Appointed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran stepped in the role as Tri Chair of the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and the Alamo Management Committee on March 1, 2021, Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran helped guide the re-set the process, rebuild relationships with the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and set out a course of action with the other Tri Chairs; Aaronetta Pierce and Sue Ann Pemberton. For several weeks, Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran has led and navigated collaborative meetings and has been transparent with the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and community partners to propose an arrangement that reflects many of the communities’ ideas.
“As a native San Antonian and heritage to Tejano defender, Toribio Losoya, this role is a special and personal responsibility that I am committed to. This project is a tremendous opportunity to tell the whole story of the Alamo while elevating a world class experience for visitors and residents alike. We are ensuring the Plaza will be kept open for people to maintain connectivity of the site and will allow a sense of arrival. In addition, this expansion of the cultural landscape of the Alamo will connect to other historic sites throughout San Antonio, including our four other UNESCO World Heritage Missions, La Villita, the first two sites of the Alamo and the San Fernando Cathedral, which was established before the battle of 1836.”
The proposed Alamo Plan maintains the Woolworth and Crocket building will be repurposed and the plan continues to use the Vision and Guiding principles moving forward. The following items were proposed:
- The Cenotaph will be repaired but not removed.
- The Mission footprint will be delineated by paving material changes.
- The Plaza will remain accessible to pedestrians, without railings.
- The parades and key rituals will be accommodated.
- Streets will be closed as planned and approved with certain allowances for service, emergency, and public transit vehicles. Alamo street, between Houston and Crockett, will be closed starting June 1 to allow for programming and traffic modeling.
“Just like the Alamo, this Project and process did not belong to one person - this is a collaborative effort and once again San Antonio and our stakeholders are working together to make sure our legacy and the story of so many is told. The work is not over, with the approval of this lease agreement we will continue to work with the Archival Investigation and re-group with our Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee to begin reviewing the Interpretative plan. Thank you to the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee members for being open to re-calibrate the process, welcome all the Tri-Chairs in and help us get to an even better plan that includes our local tribal communities. We would also like to thank Lori Houston for her leadership throughout the process and Rhea Roberts for her administrative support. Thank you to Andy Segovia and Francisco Gonima for their services throughout this effort as well. We have accomplished a lot and reengaged the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee in a more meaningful way. We have listened and the amended and restated lease agreement is a testament to our commitment.”
The Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee and the City Manager’s Office will continue to update the City Council and community as new updates are received.