If the Houston Texans and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have their way, the Astrodome will be part user-friendly public green space and part memorial to the men and women who performed and played there in years past. Personally, I think that is a WONDERFUL idea! You?
County leaders said they will consider this new plan called “Astrodome Hall Of Fame” which would cost $66 million, and will most likely be paid for by the Texans and RODEO.
The idea is to bulldoze the building, raise the old Astrodome floor to street or ground level, and create an area similar to Discovery Green in downtown Houston.
This is what the statement said yesterday on the Houston Rodeo website:
“Statement regarding NRG Astrodome proposal from Leroy Shafer, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chief operating officer, Thursday, July 10, 2014:
This is just one more feasible option for use of the space where the NRG Astrodome now stands. The study was commissioned by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans after the failure of the November 2013 referendum to repurpose the NRG Astrodome.
Although the option does include removal of the NRG Astrodome building itself, it pays homage to the history, heritage and culture of the Dome. The plan is constructed so that anyone who visits the space will have the ability to learn about the relevant events held in the Dome and about its unique history.
This plan would also provide a major green space in the middle of NRG Park, which we’ve never had. It will benefit any event held at NRG Park with its functionality and usability.
Again, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, along with the Texans, look at this proposal as another option to be considered. It’s an affordable option, considering the ultimate benefits, and it has the potential to be funded by a private-public partnership.
It’s been nearly 13 years since the first request for proposals for doing something with the NRG Astrodome went out, and we’re hopeful that we’ll see a resolution sooner rather than later.”
Check out the pics of the proposal, and more details by clicking HERE!
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