HOUSTON, TX – ‘What to do with the Astrodome?’ We’ve heard that before, haven’t we?
Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, met with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Houston Texans, and Reliant Park to discuss the latest possible options for the fate of the dome.
But, first things first, Emmett wanted to clear up some confusion of the dome’s future plans.
“Nothing is pending before the county. Let’s get that straight,” says Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
There’s been debate on whether the Astrodome should be torn down, or designated as a State Antiquities Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
This after last November’s bond issue for redevelopment fund, was defeated.
Judge Emmett adds, “Voters didn’t approve the bond issue for Harris County, so Harris County doesn’t really have the money to go out and redevelop the dome.”
In February 2014, the Texas Antiquities Advisory Board voted unanimously to make the Astrodome a State Antiquities Landmark. However, no final decision has been made yet. If the Astrodome is designated as such, any future construction will have to be approved at the state level by the commission.
Beth Wiedower with the National Trust for Historic Preservation says, “It does not prevent demolition in all cases, or any instance. It does, however, require review and permitting before any work is done.”
Another meeting is scheduled for sometime in July. We’re used to that, another meeting!
With the clock ticking down to Super Bowl LI, a decision needs be made soon about the 1 million square-foot eye sore.