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Master plan for Alamo complex in the works

By MICHAEL LOCKLEARNews 4 San AntonioSAN ANTONIO - City leaders and state land managers are taking a major step towards preserving and celebrating the 'Shrine of Texas Liberty.'Those state and local officials announced a new "cooperative agreement" at the Alamo. The agreement outlines who will help answer the question: "What do we want this area to look like in the years to come?"The Mayor of San Antonio and the Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office are at the top of new team. They'll be working with their offices, the Alamo Endowment Fund, and a couple of advisory groups. Their mission? To come up with a master plan for the Alamo Historic District and the Alamo complex."One of the things we really want to address is visitors on average spend 8 minutes here at the Alamo," said Becky Dinn, Director of the Alamo. "And we can do so much better than that. There's so many layers of history that we want to be able to tell."The public is encouraged to give their thoughts. A new museum and visitors' center could be part of the plan. Several buildings have already been bought.City leaders and state lawmakers have approved taxpayer dollars, but more private dollars will have to be raised.Dinn says we can expect to see changes right away. She hopes the master plan -- the vision for this part of Downtown -- is ready to go within a year.

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