One Couple Has a Plan for Turning the Astrodome into Houston's "International Multicultural Dome" (i.e., Mostly an Office Park)
The husband-and-wife team of Regina and Ed Seale are trying to stop the Astrodome from becoming another parking lot, working independently on plans for what they call an "International Multicultural Dome" in the Reliant Park complex.
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Their plan -- seen here on Facebook -- would turn the Dome into what amounts to an office park and possible international consulate for would-be tenants from around the globe, with the short distance from the Medical Center being framed as a plus.
"We will have office space available and space for exhibits. It will be a concert hall, a gallery and an educational center. It will be a center of entertainment for Houston," says Regina Seale.
The Seales met with deputy director Kevin Hoffman and executive director Willie Loston from the Harris Country Sports Convention Corporation this past week at Reliant Park.
The couple came out of the brief meeting happy with the response of the directors. Architect Lettie Harrell was there, too, and they say that her conceptual drawings are currently being developed for further review. They do not currently have anything Hair Balls can see, though.
The Seales came up with the plan a year back and sent their ideas to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who said that they needed to get their proposal in line before speaking with Loston and Hoffman. The Seales are currently working on more press releases to get their idea in front of Houstonians. Hair Balls received one this morning.
"This will be something that could have a lot of broad appeal to all Houstonians," the Seales say.
Ed Seale says that the asbestos in the building wouldn't be disturbed, to save money on development. This is where the Seales say that their Dome plan is better than others.
"As long as it is not disturbed, it would be safe," he adds.
This seems to go against the accepted notion that any asbestos is bad asbestos.
"Our plan is the only one that would be able to add space at an extremely low cost. When you walk into the new one, you will have the same feeling you had when you walked in the first time."
The Seales would auction off the Dome seats and other furnishings to help offset costs. Bye-bye rainbow gut seats.
"Everything would be removed. Structurally the building is fine; all it needs is a good refurbishing."