City Council approves new plan for the Alamo

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SAN ANTONIO - Thursday, the City Council unanimously approved a conceptual plan to make the area around Alamo Plaza a more fitting place to honor the heroes of the battle and make it a better place for tourists and locals to visit.

Thursday’s approved plan would restore the church and long barracks. City leaders say the structures are failing, with years of deterioration and decay. They would also turn several of the historic buildings-the Crockett, Woolworth and Palace on the site to become a visitor center and museum.

"We are hearing everyone loud and clear, this process is designed to help address these concerns. This process is designed to be inclusive with the community as much as possible. That is why we have a 21-person advisory committee that was adopted by this city council,” said District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino.

The cenotaph on the grounds would also be relocated according to the master plan but where it would go hasn't been decided. Also still up for discussion, building a glass wall around the grounds.

"It did come as a surprise to me that we had passed that responsibility along to the design team, it was my understanding that we would always have an opportunity to come back to council and approve the final design,” said Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

The plan also proposed closing Alamo Street from Houston Street to Market Street and Crockett Street from Losoya Street to Bonham. Members of our Native American community told us this would block sacred grounds.

"We want those streets to be open because the plaza itself is an open space, it’s been open for hundreds of thousands of years,” said Mary Torres who is against the wall.

City officials say the City Council will not have a say on the design concepts. But, the design teams will keep them up to speed on the process and will incorporate gathered through an in depth public process.

The Mayor will have a final vote in the design.

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