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Building And Land Experts Conduct Astrodome Tour

Experts from the Urban Land Institute are in Houston this week. They’re on a special tour of the Astrodome. It’s part of a proposal by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett to develop the aging structure into an indoor park.

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The group touring the Astrodome includes experts in architecture, entertainment, real estate and urban development. It was put together by the Urban Land Institute.

The ULI’s Tom Eitler is part of the very strict tour that entails a long agenda. He says it includes a presentation by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. The tour ends with comments from dozens of Houstonians.

“We interview 85 people, to try to get a very candid and very objective point of view about what should happen with the Astrodome,” says Eitler.

The ULI panel is similar to other panels that have developed studies for a broad range of land uses, like NRG Park.

“The whole idea is to have an outside group of folks, who are not connected at all, with the issue of what’s happening with the Astrodome,” says Eitler.

The group will make its recommendations public on Friday.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett proposes turning the Dome into a giant indoor entertainment and recreation center, and in 2013, voters defeated a measure to save the structure for another use.