Land commissioner proposes state takeover of Alamo Plaza

Land commissioner proposes state takeover of Alamo Plaza

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by Stacia Willson / KENS 5

SAN ANTONIO — In a letter delivered to Major Julian Castro, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has proposed the city of San Antonio turn over control of the Alamo plaza restoration project to the state.

 

 

Patterson’s letter comes just a week before the City Council is expected to form a committee to update the plaza’s master plan.

 

 

Reached by phone, Patterson said he supports San Antonio’s ideas but feels additional support from the state would help further the project.

 

“This is a Texas shrine and not just a San Antonio shrine,” Patterson said.  “We’re going to need to raise a lot of money from a variety of sources.  I think the state has the ability to do that better than the city.”

 

 

City Councilman Diego Bernal, who represents the area at the center of the debate, responded by urging rash decisions not be made.

 

 

“We should talk about how all the groups can work together and the land commissioner and land office have a slot at the table.” Bernal said.

 

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