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Harris County Will Study Building A Parking Lot Under Astrodome As Part Of Its Repurposing

The plan to convert the historic sports venue into an indoor park would entail raising its floor to ground level, which would leave a 30-foot high underground space.

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The Harris County Commissioners Court has tasked the County Engineer's Office (OCE) with preparing a study about the feasibility and impact of building a parking lot under the Astrodome, although there is the alternative of turning that space into storage areas.
Pat Hernandez
The Harris County Commissioners Court has tasked the County Engineer’s Office (OCE) with preparing a study about the feasibility and impact of building a parking lot under the Astrodome, although there is the alternative of turning that space into storage areas.

The Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday discussed the future of the Houston Astrodome, a future that might put cars into the mix, as part of repurposing the historic sports venue.

As part of the plan that Harris County is working on to convert it into an indoor park, the floor of the Astrodome would be raised to ground level and that would leave a 30-foot high space.

The commissioners assigned county engineers to prepare a study to assess the feasibility of using that space to build an underground parking lot.

Edgar Colon chairs the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, which manages the Astrodome.

He explains what could be done with the new found space.

"That may give us room to have two floors of parking which, in that case, we estimate that we should be able to fit close to 1,200 vehicle," says Colon.

An alternative to the parking lot is using it as storage areas.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett spoke more about the idea after the commissioners' court meeting.

"This has nothing to do with goes on above the ground level. But if we just get phase one under way, it sends a real clear signal that the Dome is going to be back in a useful life," stressed Emmett.

Emmett specified the county engineers will have to present the study by June, so it can be evaluated as part of the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2017.

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