Alamo Master Plan team discusses future of Alamo

Community weighs in

By Bill Barajas - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo is arguably one of Texas' most historic and well known sites, and it may soon get a makeover.

 "This is not an easy project. It's not a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination," said George Skarmaes, with the Preservation Design Partnership.

The Alamo Master Plan Team held a meeting Tuesday night to update the public on its plans for the Alamo and its surrounding area.

"I was born and raised in the area, and we're all pretty much stakeholders of the Alamo. It's historically significant, culturally significant and economically significant for the community," said Lawson Jessee, who attended the meeting.

Community members from around the city were in attendance. Some even had their own ideas.

"There's no sort of visitors’ center to set the scene for what’s going to happen," Mindy Hearns said.

The master plan team conducted an archaeological dig this summer and admit that returning the historic site to its old glory will come with its challenges.

 "What may be under buildings? What may be under roads? What may be recovered?"  Skarmaes said.

The project’s next phase will consist of preparing and planning.

"What we want to do is get all of our experts in a room and start working together, doing sketches to figure out what can be done, what can't be done," Skarmaes said.

The team plans to meet will City Council members in about a month and update them on the team’s progress.

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