Astrodome plan to be studied further by county

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 10:38 PM

HOUSTON—Harris County leaders are asking for further study on a plan to turn the deteriorating Houston Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.

County commissioners during a meeting Tuesday in Houston voted to have the budget office, the county attorney and the public infrastructure department review the proposal, which could take a month or so.

"I keep saying that it is not about the historic nature of it, but in a way of course it is," said County Judge Ed Emmett. "If it was not the Astrodome that the public loves and sees and an icon of the community, we would probably not be having this conversation."


Last week, the Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. voted to recommend the project. Officials say it would cost an estimated $194 million and take about 2 ½ years to complete.

If the plan is accepted by commissioners, funding for it would likely have to be approved through a bond election.

The stadium has been vacant since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy. The Houston Astros moved out in 2000.

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