Harris County Commissioners Court Pushes the Astrodome Plan on Down the Line
There was a full house at the Harris County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday morning. Seriously, people were packed into the room like so many sardines in a can all to see what will be the next step in plans to repurpose the Astrodome.
This will be the end result of the New Dome Experience, if the plan gets approved.
County Judge Ed Emmett noted wryly that anyone expecting a commissioners court vote on the actual proposed plan for the Astrodome was in for a disappointment.
"Just in case any of you are expecting a vote up or down, that's not going to happen today," Emmett said, glancing out at the audience.
Before hearing about the New Dome Experience plan recommended to the court by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, there were opportunities for people to address the court.
The speakers basically were either proposing a couple of their own ideas for the Dome - dropping the ceiling down to save on air conditioning costs and something about bringing the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame to the Dome - and then there were advocates from Astrodome Tomorrow, a group that has been pushing to save the historic structure. (One speaker noted that they'll start working on getting the money together to power-wash the Dome now that it looks like it won't be torn down or turned into a parking lot.)
As the speakers, each given three minutes to address the court, finished up Pct. 3 County Commissioner Steve Radack asked if there were any representatives from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
"They want it torn down, don't they?" he asked.
But there weren't any to be had, and the court moved on.