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Plan To Bring Houston Open To Memorial Park Hits Another Delay

Houston City Council will vote next week on whether to approve the $13.5 million initiative.

The Memorial Park golf course renovation is expected to take 10 months.

It'll be at least another week before proposed work can get underway to redevelop Memorial Park Golf Course. But Houston City Council is leaning strongly toward approving the plan, aimed at bringing the Houston Open to the park by the fall of 2020.

A non-profit led by Astros' owner Jim Crane would foot the full $13.5 million bill to redevelop the course, both to host the tournament and for public use. Mayor Sylvester Turner said he hoped Council would greenlight the plan this week, but that the delay is only a hiccup.

"The construction was scheduled for January 7, assuming it passed today. It will come back up on the agenda for January 9, and then I anticipate they will probably start construction on January 10," Turner said.

The plan also calls for the Astros Golf Foundation to pay an annual $250,000 tournament fee to the Memorial Park Conservancy. Council Member Mike Laster argued that the conservancy already has more money than it needs. He delayed the vote, pushing amendments that would reallocate the money to other parks.




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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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