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Stakeholders To Meet on Future of the Dome Next Week

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will host a meeting next week to clear up what he calls misconceptions about the future of the Astrodome.

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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett hopes a meeting next week with Astrodome stakeholders will clear the air about the future of the Houston icon.  

Last November, local voters rejected a proposal to spend taxpayer money to turn the Dome into a multi-purpose facility.

Last week, the Texas Historical Commission’s Antiquities Advisory Board voted to forward a proposal to designate the facility as an antiquities landmark.

An approval by the full commission in July could in effect tie the County’s hands when it comes to future plans for the Dome.

“There is no proposal before Commissioners Court right now, either to re-purpose the Dome or demolish the Dome,” Emmett said. “There’s been a lot of things said and written indicating one thing or the other and that’s just not correct.” 

He hopes a meeting next Wednesday with a number of key Dome stakeholders will clear the air.

“The Livestock Show and Rodeo, for example, really needs a new arena,” he said. “The Texans really want something done before the Super Bowl. This is mainly just to get people up to speed on what’s going on.”

Emmett thinks even though voters rejected last year’s proposal, a re-packaged plan with more details might get a better reception. An antiquities designation would also qualify the Dome for tax credits, which Emmett thinks might make it more attractive to private investors.

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