More than 200 local residents packed the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday evening at a visioning meeting for the new Hemisfair. They were asked to enter their suggestions for features at the corner of Market Street and Alamo, near the Torch of Friendship.
Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation, said that corner will be the large open space that becomes the front porch of San Antonio.
The redevelopment of Hemisfair has an estimated $ 1 billion pricetag, and battles over whether or not to allow a new hotel on the property have gone from the statehouse back to San Antonio.
Andres Andujar, CEO of the Hemisfair Area Redevelopment Corporation joins us to address the issues, update listeners on the progress, and give some vision on what the effect of the redevelopment will be.
Two San Antonio lawmakers have introduced companion bills at the State Capitol to facilitate the redevelopment of Hemisfair.
State law requires a public vote anytime park land is leased or sold to protect the park acreage from being reduced in size, but the Hemisfair master plan calls for establishing more park space than exists under its current configuration.
In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.
The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting. Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.
So far, the redevelopment of Hemisfair has been mostly on paper, but planners are working to pull the park’s future into focus for residents. Officials are hoping holiday events starting on Halloween will bring families back to to the park.