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.
"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.
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."