Commission tables decision on designating Astrodome an antiquities landmark

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Historical Commission moved to table a decision on whether to designate the Houston Astrodome a "state antiquities landmark," a status that would make demolishing the iconic structure harder.

The commission to will hold a meeting in Houston to hear from more people.

The discussion on the antiquities landmark designation came during Wednesday's meeting in the city of Alpine.

The designation would mean any proposal to alter or demolish the Astrodome would need commission approval. While the designation doesn't bar demolition, preservation groups say it would provide an extra layer of protection.

The Astrodome is in no immediate danger of being torn down, despite voter rejection last year of a $217 million bond issue to turn it into a multipurpose special events center. Nevertheless, its future remains uncertain.

The designation would mean any proposal to alter or demolish the Astrodome would need commission approval. While the designation doesn't bar demolition, preservation groups say it would provide an extra layer of protection.

The Astrodome has been closed to all events since 2009.


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