For many years, the Astrodome has been Houston’s unsolvable problem. Officials insisted that demolishing it would be cost-prohibitive and likely blocked by the state, while ideas on its redevelopment would be a frivolous use of tax dollars. So, what do we do with the Astrodome? That question was answered this morning when the Harris County Commissioners Court voted on the latest proposal. The approved plan will basically turn the dome into a mixture of parking spaces, an event space and retail or hospitality.
Here are the details…
- 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.
The total cost of the renovations will be $105 million, and the project would take about a year or so to complete.