Moses Rose’s owner rejects final $5.26M offer, prepares for eminent domain fight
The holdout owner of a bar in the way of a new Alamo museum has said the City of San Antonio’s “best and final” $5.26 million offer to buy him out isn’t good enough. Now, with the city and its partners prepared to use eminent domain, the deadlock appears to be headed to court.
Moses Rose’s owner ready to fight eminent domain in court if state won’t meet his price
Moses Rose’s Hideout, at 516 E. Houston Street, sits a musket shot away from the Alamo and at the edge of the footprint of a proposed Alamo Visitors Center and Museum -- a key part of the $400 million plan to redesign Alamo Plaza. Owner Vince Cantu says he is open to selling the property, but he wants the right price.
San Antonio City Council authorizes eminent domain takeover of Moses Rose’s, will try negotiating first
The San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 on Thursday morning to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire Moses Rose’s Hideout on East Houston Street, which sits in the footprint of a planned Alamo Visitor Center and Museum.
City of San Antonio, UNESCO to host 7th Annual World Heritage Festival
The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office announced the upcoming seventh annual World Heritage Festival, celebrating the city’s historic missions as the first and only United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in Texas.
Council members praise direction of new Alamo Plan
The revised Alamo Plan would change several controversial aspects of the original version. And while there looks to be enough support on council to pass a new ground lease and operating agreement, which contains details of the plan, some council members have concerns.
Headed to the Alamo? You’re ‘strongly’ encouraged to wear a mask even after Wednesday
Visitors wearing face masks leave the Alamo, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Antonio. Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. According to a statement by Alamo officials, masks are not required but are requested to be worn by visitors. “The Alamo requests visitors continue wearing masks while on the grounds and they will be strongly encouraged to do so by staff and security,” Alamo officials said in a statement. For more information on the Alamo's COVID-19 precautions, please visit: https://t.co/YaDn9ZPk4A pic.twitter.com/h13iTVxagM — The Alamo (@OfficialAlamo) March 8, 2021“Since the Alamo reopened last August, we have implemented several changes to provide a better experience during the pandemic,” Alamo officials said.
The Alamo City is now a part of Bird City Texas
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is known for many things like great food and historic locations like The Alamo. But thanks to an ongoing effort to sustain natural habitats for wildlife, the Alamo City just became a part of Bird City. A partnership program between Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife has just certified San Antonio as a Bird City Texas community. Bird City Texas is a program that was created to help people protect birds and their habitats. You can also check out more locations and information located on the Bird City Texas website.
WATCH: The Alamo honors Tejano heroes of the Texas Revolution
SAN ANTONIO – Tejano heroes of the Texas Revolution were honored on Feb. 27 with a range of events for Tejano Day at the Alamo. “Tejanos at the Alamo” is a new addition to the annual Battle of the Alamo Commemoration lineup. The Alamo featured in-person activities throughout the day on Saturday to demonstrate Tejano life in the 1830s. There was also a virtual event, “The Alamo Addresses: Tejanos of the Texas Revolution” at 10 a.m., which you can watch in the video player above. “It’s important for people to know that this is a bigger story,” Alamo curator Ernesto Rodriguez said.
Alamo closed Sunday, Monday due to weather
SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo will be closed on Sunday and Monday in an effort to reduce travel during the winter storm, officials said on Sunday. Officials encouraged any visitors planning to visit the site to “cancel their plans” and avoid traveling during the storm. Officials say that once the weather allows, visitors can always visit the historic site for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Stay InformedAs always, Your Weather Authority team will keep you updated. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
Bexar County Judge and others raise concerns with Alamo Plan as City Council reconsiders path forward
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff remembers the Alamo, but he also remembers parts of the Alamo Plan he’d like to see changed. Their letter comes as the City Council discusses the future of the Alamo Plan now that the controversial relocation of the Cenotaph, a central part of the plan, has been blocked by the Texas Historical Commission. The current Alamo Plan, which the city council approved in October 2018, includes the City of San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office, and the Alamo Trust as its partners. It involves renovating Alamo Plaza, closing down portions of several streets, and creating a museum and visitor center located around the Woolworth and Crockett buildings. Read the letter in full below:Related: San Antonio City Council discusses uncertain future of Alamo Plan
San Antonio City Council discusses uncertain future of Alamo Plan
SAN ANTONIO – With the Cenotaph relocation apparently off the table, San Antonio City Council members discussed options forward for the $400 million Alamo Plan. With the monument’s relocation a “crucial” part of the overall plan, city staff members say plans or timelines need to be changed. “We’re going to have to redo redesign because that Cenotaph is not moving,” City Manager Erik Walsh told council members. In its entirety, the Alamo Plan includes repairs to original structures, a redesign of the plaza and a museum. Following the nearly two-hour public discussion, council members spent close to another hour in a closed executive session but took no official action.
Temporary fencing to surround Alamo Plaza on Election Day ‘as a security precaution’
SAN ANTONIO – Bracing for a possibly turbulent election night, city officials have decided to install temporary barriers around the Alamo “as a security precaution.”The barrier will be added around the perimeter of the Alamo Plaza until the end of the week, according to a tweet from The Alamo. The Alamo will still be free and open to the public during its regular operating hours. Temporary Fencing Going Up In Alamo Plaza Tomorrow As A Security PrecautionStarting tomorrow, the City of San Antonio will add temporary fencing around the perimeter of Alamo Plaza as a security precaution for the rest of this week. In June, temporary fencing was added around the plaza due to nights of protests. More than 300 polling locations, including schools, libraries, churches, city halls and community centers, will be open.
District 1 Councilman Trevino long on conviction, short on details for future of Alamo Plan
SAN ANTONIO – The next steps for the $400 million Alamo Plan remain unclear, even as District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino tries to shore up support for the original intent of the plan. In its entirety, the Alamo Plan includes repairs to original structures, a redesign of the plaza and a museum. "And then there was the push by the lieutenant governor and John Nau for a very exclusive, 13-day, 1836 story. I think we’ve invested a lot of energy on a good thing, on the right thing, and we can we can continue to build on that,” Trevino told the advisory committee members. Trevino told KSAT afterward that they had heard “a consensus” from the members that they also wanted to reaffirm their commitment.
Virtual event to provide insight into cannons used at Battle of The Alamo
SAN ANTONIO – Those interested in history and the Battle of the Alamo may want to take part in a virtual event scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. “The Alamo Addresses: Cannon Replica Project” event will provide insight into the cannons used during the Battle of the Alamo and explain how and why the Alamo has commissioned replica cannons that will be placed at the site. Alamo officials said those interested can learn more about the history of the Alamo Battle Cannons, along with the research and the process of creating the replicas. The virtual event will be held via Zoom at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $10 per connection. This virtual event will be a special opportunity to learn about the exciting research about the cannons, from historical accounts to conservation efforts.”
Texas Historical Commission blocks effort to move Cenotaph
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Historical Commission blocked a controversial plan to move the Cenotaph following a marathon meeting Tuesday night. “Unfortunately, after tonight’s disappointing vote to deny the restoration and relocation of the Cenotaph, the Alamo Master Plan remains a plan without a project. Following the permit’s rejection, Trevino told reporters the plan had gone through many boards and commissions. For opponents of moving the Cenotaph, the vote was a reason to celebrate. Dan Patrick, a high-profile opponent of moving the Cenotaph, told the commissioners the state could pay for the entire project, provided the plan be adjusted to leave the Cenotaph in place.
Visitors eagerly arrive for Alamo shrine reopening
For the first time in nearly six months, the doors to the shrine portion of the historic site opened to visitors Thursday morning. The entire site had been closed to visitors since March 16, the first lengthy shutdown since World War II. Shrine visitors are required to make reservations online and obtain tickets but admission remains free. The Alamo shrine reopened with new rules, including mask requirements, hand sanitizing stations and social distancing rules. To regulate the crowd size, The Alamo is requiring shrine visitors to obtain tickets first.
Spray-painted messages on Alamo’s Cenotaph have people seeing red
SAN ANTONIO – Graffiti spray-painted on the Cenotaph on the grounds of The Alamo has some people seeing red. Graffiti found in multiple places downtown, including cenotaph in Alamo PlazaThe words there seemed to condemn white supremacy, capitalism and The Alamo, itself. The red paint caught his attention hours later as he paid a visit to a nearby post office. Police also found red paint spelling out an anti-policy brutality message on the sidewalk at Travis Park. As we condemn this vandalism, we salute the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) for its swift action to investigate.
Iconic bandstand at Alamo Plaza to be dismantled before relocation near Hays Street Bridge
Starting this week, crews will begin dismantling the city-owned bandstand in front of the Menger Hotel. A camera showing updates on construction on Alamo Plaza will be shown online. The roof consists of two separate parts: the upper top roof, or hat, and the surrounding lower canopy, according to The Alamo’s website. But since its erection in 1976, it has seen excessive water damage, The Alamo’s website states. The relocation of the bandstand is in line with a plan to redesign and restore the Alamo Plaza, which has garnered controversy in recent years.
'We’re not scared of going to jail’: Protesters make last-ditch effort to prevent Cenotaph relocation
San Antonio – Dozens of demonstrators took to Alamo Plaza on Friday in an attempt to protest the planned relocation of the Cenotaph. The monument, which was commissioned in 1936, 100 years after the Texas Revolution, bears the name of fallen Alamo defenders. Its relocation to a spot a few hundred feet south is part of a larger plan by officials to redesign Alamo Plaza. Brandon Burkhart, the president of This Is Texas Freedom Force, which organized the demonstration, said the demonstrators planned to be out for 24 hours. Why not let Texans vote on it?