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City Council to discuss Alamo lease agreement today

October 10, 2018

Today, the San Antonio City Council will hear a presentation on a plan that would transform Alamo Plaza into a larger, more reverent space, but possibly limit 24-hour free access to the plaza.

The plan, part of a $450 million public-private project to expand an enhance the Alamo site by 2024, would close streets, repair and move the Cenotaph and lease the city-owned plaza to the state.

The city council will hear a briefing on the plan at a 2 p.m. workshop in the Municipal Plaza Building, 105 Main Plaza. It is not scheduled to vote until at least Oct. 18.

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At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Planning Commission and the Historic and Design Review Commission will hold a joint meeting in the Development and Business Services Board Room, 1901 S. Alamo St., to consider an agreement for the Texas General Land Office to lease and manage the portion of the city-owned plaza that once was within the Alamo’s outer walls.

The public will get time to comment, then the two boards will vote on the agreement, as well as street closures, conceptual approval of the plan’s design goals and final approval to repair and reassemble the Cenotaph.

Under the plan, fences and other sorts of barriers would enclose the larger plaza and access for residents and visitors will be limited — between one and three entry points — during daytime museum hours. Six entry points will be open at night.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has raised concerns that people would have to wait in lines just to walk through the plaza. He has asked for a specific addition to the lease to address access. He said the plaza should remain the center of civic life, and the plan should include “24-hour free, unhindered aceess” to the plaza.

shuddleston@express-news.net

This a developing story.

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