By Bill O’Neil
The “Re-imagining of the Alamo” takes a big step forward.
San Antonio City Council has given a thumbs up to what City Manager Sheryl Sculley described as a blueprint for what’s to come.
“Today we are presenting to City Council a framework for moving forward on the Alamo project” Sculley said, adding “This is not final approval of a design nor the selection of materials to be used.”
The vision includes a number of concepts, including the closure of Alamo Street to vehicles, the moving of the Cenotaph, the creation of a visitor’s center and much much more.
Some of those changes, in articular the plans for moving the Cenotaph and the proposed “glass wall” around the Alamo Complex–continue to draw protest from some.
Councilman Mike Gallagher is among those especially concerned about the Cenotaph.
“I think this is a historical monument that has to be taken care of” Gallagher said, adding his distaste for the planned glass wall.
Others want to see a plan that pays tribute to both the historic and cultural history that’s been built around the Alamo.
“This is why I wanted to add a guiding principle that the area remain dedicated to the historic use as a public space” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said.
“We’re at a point where we need to make some decisions–but nowhere close to making a final decision… and (there’s) a lot to be done” Councilman Ray Lopez said.
“This is our plan, this is not your plan… this is all of us” Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said, promising to hold those guiding the plans accountable for the decision they ultimately make on the design.