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Hidalgo Says Budget For Astrodome’s Renovation Isn’t Enough To Pay For AC System

The current plan for the Astrodome entails building two levels of parking and raising the floor of the iconic sports venue.

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) interviewed Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (right) on January 24, 2019.

Lina Hidalgo was on Houston Matters Thursday to talk about her goals as Harris County Judge and said she is evaluating the plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome because the allocated budget isn’t enough to provide air conditioning for the historic venue.

The current plan for the Astrodome entails building two levels of parking and raising the floor of the iconic sports venue.

You can listen to the full interview with Judge Hidalgo here:

Talking to host Craig Cohen, Hidalgo said that at this moment she wants to make sure is that the current plan “is fiscally responsible, that it will actually, with the funds that have been committed to it, that it will actually get us to a point where the Astrodome is self sustaining.”

“What I’m discovering is that the 105 (million dollars) that was allocated is not enough to air condition the building,” said Hidalgo, who also noted the Astrodome can’t be demolished because it has received the designation of a Texas historic landmark.

In this video, Hidalgo elaborates on what she is doing about the Astrodome’s renovation:

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