SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 27, 2014) – The City of San Antonio is seeking a Statement of Qualifications from qualified firms throughout the U.S. to prepare a comprehensive Master Plan for the Alamo Plaza and the surrounding area. This comprehensive Master Plan will include the following components: interpretation, physical redevelopment, investment strategies, management structures, operational considerations, implementation strategies, and connectivity to other significant sections of San Antonio. The selected candidates must incorporate the vision and guiding principles into the comprehensive master plan.
In March 2014, San Antonio Mayor and City Council appointed a 21-member Plaza Advisory Committee charged with updating the 1994 Alamo Plaza Study, creating a vision and guiding principles, and assisting with the master planning process for the redevelopment of Alamo Plaza and the surrounding area.
Alamo Plaza is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio adjacent to the Alamo – one of the top visitor destinations in Texas. The Plaza was originally part of Mission San Antonio de Valero and later part of the Alamo compound. The Plaza and the surrounding area is destined to be a world-class site respectful of San Antonio’s rich history.
Archeological excavations have identified Native American remains indicating occupation in the area for several thousand years. Founded in 1718, the Mission later became known as “The Alamo” after 1803 and became a military garrison to protect Spanish colonial land from the French. It later served Mexican armies until the Texian forces occupied it during the famous 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
After the 1836 battle, San Antonio grew around the Alamo and strengthened its role as a central location for market trading. In the mid to late 1800s, buildings were constructed on the footprint of the Alamo compound and are now formally accepted as historic landmarks. While the Battle of the Alamo is clearly the best known and celebrated segment of history at the site, it is critical that multiple cultural perspectives and stories be presented so that all community members and visitors are able to connect to the story of this historic location.
Submittals will be received until 3 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
- More information on the Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee.
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