Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg Sign Historic Resolution
On Tuesday, Oct. 2,, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed a joint resolution approving the Alamo Plan. Days after signing this resolution, the City of San Antonio and the State of Texas reached an agreement on the leasing of Alamo Plaza. You can read the full lease here.
“It is far past time for the Alamo and its heroic defenders to be given proper reverence,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said. “Today is a historic day not only for the Alamo, but the City of San Antonio and the state of Texas. The reason is, that this is the end, really, of the beginning of executing a master plan,” Commissioner Bush added.
The Alamo Plan’s goal is to preserve the 1836 Alamo battlefield.
To do this, the plan will: preserve the Alamo Church and Long Barracks; remove entertainment attractions from the 1836 battlefield; close Alamo Street; restore and preserve the Alamo Cenotaph; and create a world-class Alamo museum.
The museum will house a collection of Alamo-artifacts, including the $20 million Phil Collins Collection which was generously donated to the Alamo by British Rockstar Phil Collins in 2014. Without the Alamo Plan’s approval, there would be nowhere to display the Alamo’s extensive collection historic artifacts to the public.
“This is a historic day. We have done what people have been trying to do for 150 years,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “This is a moment for us to remember and I am very proud to be a part of it.”
The Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) and the City of San Antonio’s Planning Commission will meet on Oct. 10 to review and vote on elements of the Alamo Plan. After that, it will go to San Antonio City Council, which can vote on the plan as soon as Oct. 18.
After several years of analysis and discussion, the plan to restore reverence to the Alamo will finally come to fruition.
“It’s time now for all Texans to come together regardless of our backgrounds,” Commissioner Bush said. “We’ve had our say and now it’s time to move forward with the master plan.”
For more information on the Alamo and the Alamo Plan, visit theAlamo.org.