On September 22, 2020, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will be asked to review a Historic Building and Structure Permit request to repair and relocate the Cenotaph. The Alamo Plan is the result of hundreds of meetings and dozens of compromises made by the state, the City, and a citizens advisory group. Without a permit, there is significant risk of the rest of the Alamo Plan unraveling.
The five San Antonio Missions are a cornerstone of San Antonio’s history, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has supported restoration of The Alamo, as it is an economic driver and cultural destination for visitors from around the world. Following direction from our board, we have advocated for the Master Plan and funding at the state legislature in 2015 and 2017.
The San Antonio hotel and restaurant economy is in a serious recession due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the heart of downtown, The Alamo is part of the backbone of the economic vitality of this community. When implemented, the Alamo Plan will not only help revive our economy, it will also reveal more of the Alamo site, telling its complete and accurate history – from its time as a gathering place for indigenous people and a Spanish Catholic mission to the modern day.
Economic studies suggest the Plan will increase economic activity by $212.4 million per year and add an estimated 2,259 permanent new jobs at an average annual wage of over $54,000 each.
The Alamo Plan will not only preserve, but also help elevate our number one historic site, resulting in more tourist dollars and a boost to our economy and jobs when we need them most. No new funding is needed to move this project forward.
Our President and CEO, Richard Perez, will testify in support of the permit to repair and move the Cenotaph, and we ask you to join us in testifying or providing written support for the plan by visiting Alamo Plan website and writing the THC.