A $31.5 million injection is set to restore The Alamo, continuing the excitement that has surrounded San Antonio’s historic landmarks this year. Earlier in the year, the five missions—Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Jose—were inscribed as a World Heritage Site, a prestigious designation that adds them to a short list of recognized world landmarks.
The decision by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was unanimous and made the San Antonio Missions the first World Heritage Site in Texas and the 23rd in the United States. According to a press release by the City of San Antonio, “The World Heritage Site economic impact on San Antonio and Bexar County is expected to generate up to $105 million in additional economic activity and up to 1,098 extra jobs by 2025.”
Earmarking the funds
The more than $30 million earmarked for The Alamo includes $6 million that “will be allocated immediately for renovations to the centuries old shrine, according to State Senator Jose Menendez,” said KENS5.
“Mayor Ivy Taylor said in addition to restoring the historic icon, the money will change Alamo Plaza. Those plans haven't been made public yet and there's no word when renovations will begin.” More than 2.5 million people already visit The Alamo per year.
Another important honor
The River Walk and Mission Trail were honored as a 10Best outdoor recreational amenity by USA Today earlier this year. The publication polled its readers in several categories, with the River Walk and Mission Trail being voted the No. 8 Best Urban Trail.
The River Walk and Mission Trail are connected to Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada, as well as to the San Antonio River. The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project recently transformed an eight-mile stretch of the River Walk, extending the Mission Trail on the SouthSide and turning it into a “quality riparian woodland ecosystem” with benches, lights, picnic tables, footbridges and pavilions, woodlands and native plants, and connections to cultural and historical features, according to the San Antonio River Improvement Project.
Living on the SouthSide
Mission Reach is just one of many exciting amenities that have helped make the SouthSide a popular San Antonio real estate option for today’s buyers. Companies like Toyota, the mixed-use Brooks City Base, and the new Texas A&M University campus continue to grow, bringing new jobs and amenities. Businesses including the brand-new, two-story H-E-B and the new YMCA coming to the Mission Marquee Plaza/Mission Library branch area create great even more new opportunities for employment jobs and excitement. New recreational opportunities like the miles of new trails that will wind through the area and along Mitchell Lake to connect with the original Medina River Trail make it even more ideal.
And communities like Mission del Lago, the 800-acre masterplan just adjacent to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, continue to attract homebuyers to the quiet yet friendly neighborhoods, amenities including the 18-hole Mission del Lago Golf Course, convenient location close to shopping, dining, and recreation, and array of homes from the $140s from two of the nation’s most respected builders, Lennar and D.R. Horton.
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