Last Thursday, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the Alamo Master Plan. Our 2017 Chairman of the Board Rad Weaver testified in support of the plan as a critical step in continuing the restoration of the historic site. The Chamber has actively advocated for the maximum funding the state will approve and hope the planning process will continue to be open and inclusive.
The vote was an important step in allowing the master planning committee to move forward with the design process and also includes three elements necessary for its implementation: (1) closure of vehicular traffic at Alamo Plaza from Houston Street to Market Street and Crockett Street from Losoya Street to Bonham; (2) conveying to the GLO the rights of way and parts of Alamo Plaza that are necessary to reclaim the Alamo Plaza courtyard and to construct the new Alamo museum and visitors center, and (3) repair and relocation of the Cenotaph.
The 2017-2022 City Bond included $21 million to fund the Alamo restoration, following on $17 million allocated by the City over two years. The 2015 Texas Legislature approved $31.5 million, and the 2017 bicameral budget conferees are considering up to $75 million of additional state funding.
We applaud the planning committee’s work, the dedication of Councilmember Roberto Trevino and Sheryl Sculley at the helm of the group, and all the citizens who have been committed to preserving The Alamo.
For more information on the Alamo Master Plan, visit https://reimaginethealamo.org/the-master-plan/.