It’s Official: New Alamo Master Plan Underway

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Representatives from the City of San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office, and the Alamo Endowment gathered in front of the Alamo Thursday evening to formally sign an agreement to collaboratively fund and plan a multi-million dollar revitalization and preservation effort for the Alamo Plaza Historic District.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who was not present to sign the agreement, is the chair of the Alamo Endowment, a nonprofit that will oversee the funding for the master plan. So far, the City has committed $17 million and the state approved $31 million for a plan that some estimate could total $300 million. The Alamo Endowment plans to fund the remaining balance. The funds will be used to plan and implement a Joint Master Plan. The Alamo and the Spanish colonial Missions on the Mission Reach, were designated as official UNESCO World Heritage sites in July.

Alamo Edmoment Members Red McCombs and Gene Powell click University of Texas class rings while Alamo Endowment member Ramona Bass watches. Photo by Scott Ball.

Alamo Edmoment Members Red McCombs and Gene Powell click University of Texas class rings while Alamo Endowment member Ramona Bass watches. Photo by Scott Ball.

“We want the experience of visiting the Alamo to be on par with other renown historic landmarks and battlefields in our country including Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Williamsburg, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Jamestown,” said Mayor Ivy Taylor. “Commissioner Bush and I are committed to a process that incorporates ideas from throughout the community and from experts from across the country and is not just appropriate but sets a standard for excellence.”

Mayor Taylor, Councilmember Roberto Treviño (D1), Alamo Endowment board member Gene Powell, Anne Idsal,  Texas General Land Office Chief Clerk Anne Idsal, and City Manager Sheryl Sculley signed the master plan agreement.

“With the stroke of a pen we have a brand new beginning,” said Becky Dinnin, the Alamo director of the Texas General Land Office.

“It is now our job to take this forward for the next several years and really turn this mission, the iconic Alamo … into a part of that World Heritage designation that we were all so proud of a few months ago,” Powell said.

Mayor Ivy Taylor speaks in front of The Alamo before the signing of the Alamo master plan. Photo by Scott Ball.

Mayor Ivy Taylor speaks in front of the Alamo before the signing of the Alamo master plan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The master plan will consist of several organizations including a Management Committee, an Alamo Advisory Group, a Citizen Advisory Group, and an Executive Committee consisting of Mayor Taylor and Commissioner Bush who will each have veto power.

Councilmember Treviño, an architect by trade, will serve on the Management Committee.

“Because of this agreement between the City, the State, and the Alamo Endowment to embark on this new master plan, together we are eliminating all of the limits we were facing geographically and financially,” Treviño said. “The pieces are now in place to ensure the Alamo is preserved and celebrated in the right way for generations to come.”

 

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2 thoughts on “It’s Official: New Alamo Master Plan Underway

  1. I was there and the funniest part was the tourists from out of state blown away that we had a female mayor and city manager. They anticipated a gun strapped whiskey shooting goof as leadership of SA. What they read about our state in national media is a direct contradiction of how we live. I was happy to enlighten them that we still are a ‘City on the Rise’.

  2. I never understand why re-enactors are considered so important. They flooded several Alamo Plaza community workshops.
    I think they verge on ridiculous and most give an inaccurate history.

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