With the Alamo Deal Signed, What Happens Next to the Shrine?

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News 

With the ink on a master plan barely dry after Tuesday’s signing by San  Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush,  the hands-on work is soon to begin to transform the Alamo and its  environs into a world-class historic site, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. 

“What  this really represents is a big step forward in really beginning to  tell the most important part of the Alamo’s history, which is a complete  story,“ says District 1 City Councilman Roberto Trevino. 

This  week’s formal local-state agreement clears the way for a review and  approval of the redesign template’s elements by several city  departments, while council members move on to items that require a vote,  such as street closures. 

Trevino  says over the past few weeks, more civic and historical groups have  signed on to support what the Alamo Citizens Committee calls a  “re-imagining” of the vintage-1700s mission, its associated buildings,  and the surrounding grounds. 

Construction  and renovation, Trevino says, will comprise three phases: “the  rehabilitation of the church and long barracks, which starts next month;  the plaza, which includes the historic mission footprint and expanded  plaza elements; and the new museum, which will be located to the west."

Central to the finished product, supporters say, is the telling of all chapters of the site’s three-century history. 

“We are going to be working with many academic institutions to help tell  that broad story to make sure that all elements of this entire history  are included, including Mexico. Mexico will play a role in helping us  tell that story.” says Trevino. 

City officials and planners hope to have the entire project completed by 2024, the Alamo’s 300th anniversary, Trevino says.

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