Astrodome gets $8 million facelift regardless of fate

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by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 12:30 PM

HOUSTON—To raze or repurpose? That is the question when it comes to the Houston Astrodome.

Ultimately it will be in the hands of the voters, when they decide on a $200-million plus bond referendum next month to repurpose the stadium that would make it the gateway to Reliant Park.  So why then is the county spending $8 million to tear down ticket booths and walkway towers and to begin asbestos abatement?

“The work that’s going on at the Astrodome is work that needs to be done regardless of what happens,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

The obvious question: How is the project being funded?

“We have obviously a large budget in the county, and the county’s got a Triple-A bond rating, and we’re in good shape,” said Emmett.

Emmett said the county had the money in this year’s budget.  With the Super Bowl and Final Four on Houston’s horizon, he says time is of the essence when it comes to putting the best foot forward, whether the stadium once marveled by world finds a new destiny, or comes tumbling down.

 

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