Alamo Plaza Revitalization Takes Small, Controversial Step Forward

Revitalization plans for the Alamo Plaza are moving forward, controversially, in San Antonio. The hope is to have investments complete by the 300th anniversary of the Alamo in 2024.
September 2, 2018, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Texas General Land Office

Scott Huddleston reports that The Alamo Citizen Advisory Committee endorsed a plan to transform Alamo Plaza at a controversial hearing that saw some opponents of the plan ejected from the meeting.

The Alamo Citizen Advisory Committee approved seven resolutions supporting key concepts of the Alamo site plan — including street closures, a new Fiesta parade route, relocation of the Cenotaph, changing pedestrian access to the plaza, demolition of historic buildings and an agreement with the Texas General Land Office to manage the city-owned plaza.

A major element of the plan is the construction of an Alamo museum, more than likely on the west side of the plaza where the historic buildings are located.

There are still several layers of approval for the plan to negotiate before full adoption. Throughout the process, concerns from descendants of fallen Alamo fighters, historic preservationists, and Native Americans will still make the proposal controversial.

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Published on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in San Antonio Express-News
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