Alamo Master Plan Team preparing for the future of the site

Alamo master plan team provides public update

SAN ANTONIO -- The future of the site of the Alamo could change the way people around the world see it in the future.

The planning committee responsible for developing the Alamo master plan held a second public meeting on Tuesday.

Several dozen people attended the meeting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center hosted by the Texas General Land Office, representatives from the city of San Antonio, and the Alamo Endowment.

George Skarmeas, planning and design director at the Design Preservation Partnership, said it's the first time they are compiling information to tell the entire story of the Alamo's site from pre-colonial days to the present.

"We see this as truly writing the book of the site that needs to be developed fully so that when the site is opened, you can understand all the nuances, all the details," Skarmeas said.

Skarmeas added that there are challenges that the committee faces with the plan. 

"[We have to] figure out how the historic footprint relates to the contemporary city of San Antonio: what may be under buildings, what may be under roads, what may be recovered, and how can we recapture that wonderful courtyard that had all the history written on it," Skarmeas noted.

He said that another challenge is to determine the condition of the church.

"Is the church in good health or does it need attention? And how can we present the church in the future in a very respectful way and to explain to people that there were significant changes over time," Skarmeas said.

He also noted that it's too early to say how the Alamo site will be reconstructed. The committee says it plans to finish 50 percent of the master plan by December 1. They will also be meeting with city council members next month.

(© 2016 KENS)


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