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Harris County Commissioners Review Latest Plan To Repurpose The Astrodome

It involves raising the stadium’s floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space and building an underground garage.

The Harris County Commissioners Court will review the latest plan to re-purpose the Houston Astrodome.

The plan involves raising the Astrodome's floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space with air conditioning and building an underground parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says this plan would preserve the Astrodome's structure and adds events and festivals could use the new space.

"This seems to be the right idea at the right time because we do need more space out there, we have seventy five to a hundred major festivals and gatherings a year in our community, quite a number of those would like to move into the Dome," notes Emmett, who mentions the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Offshore Technology Conference as examples.

Leisa Jenkins, who lives near the Dome and knows about the struggle to decide what to do with it, likes the newest proposal because she thinks it's practical.

"We could get good use out of the parking facility and maybe create a few jobs," she says.

Harris County officials estimate the plan would cost about $105 million and say parking fees and other sources of revenue would cover it.

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