'Old Highway 90' rename battle continues, city proposes new waiting period plan
SAN ANTONIO —
The battle for street name change continues to wage on. It is all centered around 'Old Highway 90' on the West Side.
The road name changed to Enrique M. Barrera Parkway in mid-2015.
However, people who live in the area say the fight to get it back isn’t over.
“To take that away from us was just like a slap in the face,” says Michael Cooremans, Owner of 4M Auto Supply.
Business owners such as Cooremans have called the 8-mile stretch home for decades.
“The identity the lifeline of all the mom and pop businesses we have along this highway,” adds Cooremans.
In 2015, Councilman Ray Lopez, District 6, proposed Old highway 90 to be renamed to honor former councilman and West Side community leader Enrique M. Barrera.
“It’s how our livelihood is guaranteed now threatening our very existence,” says Cooremans.
More than 100 business owners signed petitions two years ago, but city council still approved the change.
Last summer, the community donated $32,000 with their application to swap out the new signs but it was later struck down by city council in December of 2016.
“We ignore that name we don't see it we are still old highway 90,” says Javier Guitterez, Owner of Del Bravo Records.
The City of San Antonio is now proposing to add a 5 year wait after a street has been re-named before a new request can be filed.
If approved by council, it would be city-wide.
“We think it kind of makes sense. There's a long process to go through to it to change a name or add a memorial designation. Right now our code doesn't really address if someone were to come right back and re-change it or change it something else,” says Michael Shannon, Interim Director for Development Services.
City officials say it will be more cost effective and create less confusion, however, some residents disagree with proposal.
“Disappointed. The confusion that's going on now is the changing of the name,” adds Guiterez.
Despite the opposition from the city, Cooremans says he will continue to find alongside fellow business owners in order get the original name back.
“This is the work of all the community,” adds Cooremans.
Business owners say if they are able to file another application and it is approved, the price to change the signs back to Old Highway 90 could be as much as $100,000.
The city's proposal for a waiting period will be presented to the Planning Commission on April 26th.
City Council will meet on May 4th.
For more information, head to COSA.