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Alamo Plan Moves Forward After Unanimous Committee Approval

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All six Alamo Management Committee members voted on Tuesday to advance a preservation and restoration plan for the San Antonio landmark. 

This is the next step in a years-long process to reimagine a site revered by Texans and vistors around the world.

The $450 million project would triple the plaza's size and close surrounding roads to traffic, making the area a more pedestrian and visitor-friendly park space with shade, plus new ways to experience the Alamo's history.

The plan also includes repairing the Cenotaph and moving the monument about 500 feet south, which has been a major point of contention for descendants of Alamo defenders.

Parades and floats in the Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades will be rerouted to pass south of the Alamo church.

The newly approved plan passed through a 30-member citizen advisory committee last week. Now, with the management committee's green light, the plan goes to the desks of the Texas land commissioner and San Antonio mayor. 

With their support, city council could vote to implement in November.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.