HOUSTON - It’s a question that Houston has been asking for a long time now: What do we do with the Astrodome?
It’s a hot and highly debated topic, but the Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the latest $105 million proposal. The proposal is to take between three to five years to complete.
In short, the plan will turn the dome into a mixture of parking spaces, an event space and retail or hospitality.
The revitalization is a two phase plan that would be split three ways, including $35M from general fund, $35M from HOT fund and $35M from the parking fund.
On Tuesday, phase one was approved. Once it is complete, the commissioners court is expected to vote on and approve phase 2.
Here’s what it would do. It breaks down like this:
- The floor would be raised to street level and made into a parking garage with 1,400 spaces.
- About 240,000 square feet would become some sort of indoor park or event space.
- Then 550,000 square feet at the dome’s core would be used for retail or hospitality.
Even though this plan’s vote got the all clear today, it still has to be approved by the Texas Historical Commission.