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Should the Plan to Repurpose the Astrodome Be Put Up for a Vote?

Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

Astrodome Arial - FMartinEarlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome.

Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve the county’s plan to repurpose the dome. The plan would raise the floor of the Astrodome to construct some 1,400 parking spaces and create a mixed-use space for events.

Judge Emmett says the proposed bill is based on “false understandings.” Specifically, that the money could be used for other venues, which Judge Emmett contends is not true.

To get a better understanding of the whole situation, we hear from Sen. John Whitmire, the lawmaker behind the bill, and we hear thoughts from Judge Emmett on the situation.

(Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

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