Marquee Destination for San Antonio Residents and Visitors alike to Live, Work, and Play
Citywide Impact: Two of San Antonio’s most iconic locations are undergoing massive transformations.
Hemisfair is undergoing a 20-year, three-phase redevelopment of the 1968 World’s Fair site into a mixed-use neighborhood. The $340M project will result in the development of 3 parks, a 200-room hotel, 525 residential units, 65k of retail space, and 1100 parking spaces. Together these developments will unite to form the reimagined district that is Hemisfair, one of the world’s great public spaces.
Walking distance away, there is an ongoing effort to restore dignity and reverence to the sacred historic site of The Alamo. The $300M project primes the state’s premier tourist attraction to offer an improved and elevated world-class experience. The comprehensive Alamo Plan will provide the addition of a state-of-the-art curatorial environment for the Alamo’s historic collection, a new Visitor Center and Museum, and a reimagined Alamo Plaza. Together these projects will pump $640M into the core of downtown, creating a “marquee destination for San Antonio residents and visitors alike to live, work, and play.”
Economic Impact: Upon completion, it is projected that Civic Park (one of the three Hemisfair parks) will attract one million visitors per year, with more than half being locals. This investment has spurred about $2 billion in private investment around the district including St. Paul Square, the Alamo, two hotels, two apartment buildings, and renovations at La Villita.
Cultural Impact: More than 3 million visitors have experienced the 4-acre Yanaguana Garden since opening in October 2015. Civic Park will offer something for everyone – from culinary festivals to live music, community celebrations of all kinds will fill the calendar. The project features a shaded promenade, the Springs water feature, and a great lawn with an event capacity of up to 15,000 people. The park will offer enriching, captivating experiences that draw people together and strengthen our community.
Synergies & Connections Impact: Hemisfair Boulevard has the potential to connect Hemisfair to Dignowity Hill, Denver Heights, and other nearby Eastside neighborhoods. The four capital projects within this area will connect the East Side and Southtown to downtown.
Identity & Branding Impact: The prospect of major civic spaces has the potential to rebrand downtown San Antonio at a magnitude not seen since the emergence of the Riverwalk but with greater programmatic range. This sequence will bring life back to the street level unlike any strategy has to date better connecting the historic downtown core to neighboring communities.
Economic Impact: Gallagher & Associates estimates that the Alamo Visitor Center and Museum will create $12 billion in economic benefits, over 8,100 jobs, and more than $600 million in tax revenues for the State of Texas. This data is based on pre-pandemic Alamo attendance numbers and covers the first two years of museum construction and the subsequent five years of operations after opening.
Cultural Impact: The Alamo Plan will transform the visitor experience to tell the complete story right where history happened while protecting and restoring critical artifacts. The vision of the Alamo Plan is to include and interpret the diverse cultures that contributed to the story of the Alamo area through meaningful and memorable experiences for visitors, making the Alamo a prime place for reverence, learning, and cultural exchange.
Synergies & Connections Impact: The Alamo Plan will enhance connectivity and wayfinding to the river, neighborhoods, La Villita, the cathedral, and the other Plazas throughout our beloved city. As well, this investment will make our urban streetscape safer and more inviting, it will promote adjacent businesses, and create a more walkable and memorable experience.
Identity & Branding Impact: The Alamo Plan can be summed up in three words: Unifying, Complete, and Reverential. This sacred space will become a place that belongs to all of us – indigenous, Tejano, Texian, Defender, Texan, Mexican, and present-day citizens. The plan will address the broad needs and desires of our community, all the while treating individual issues with the consideration and respect they deserve. Extending the notion that a downtown is indeed a place for all.
Under Construction & Proposed Projects
251 hotel rooms
(Parks, Museum, Plazas)
Updated October 2022
Hemisfair Private Investment
Rehab Residential Units
Rehab Office SF
Rehab Hotel Rooms
Proposed & in Planning
Hemisfair Public Investment
Proposed or In Planning
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