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  1. 1. What do you think should happen to the astrodome?

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5 minutes ago, Texasota said:

You think the astrodome is more of an eyesore than the acres of parking lots around it?

The hole area is an eyesore, but I singled out the Astrodome since a lot people like to cry about it. It is beyond me why the area around our "flagship" stadium has not been cleaned up. We have some major world events coming in the next few years, including the Wold Cup, and the area looks decrepit it.

 

To me Houston is like the quintessential undiscovered beautiful prom queen. The Astrowold and of rest of the NRG complex is like the orthodontic headgear before the makeover.

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2 hours ago, Texasota said:

People "like to cry about it" because, unlike those parking lots, it has emotional, architectural, and cultural significance. For someone with the word "heritage" in your handle you're taking a bizarrely obtuse position on a building a lot of people care about.

The country as whole has been destroying "emotional, architectural, and cultural significance" for centuries. Perhaps just not the ones you care about. I recognize the achievements made when building the dome, but those were short lived and within a couple of decades the building was totally outdated and surpassed by other domes. The Astrodome is no Roman Colosseum. Taxpayer money should not subsidizing the whim of a former County Judge.

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1 hour ago, EastEndHeritage said:

The country as whole has been destroying "emotional, architectural, and cultural significance" for centuries. Perhaps just not the ones you care about. I recognize the achievements made when building the dome, but those were short lived and within a couple of decades the building was totally outdated and surpassed by other domes. The Astrodome is no Roman Colosseum. Taxpayer money should not subsidizing the whim of a former County Judge.

 

What a weird response. Do you think that people who want to see the Astrodome maintained only care about that one building? A lot of places I care about have been destroyed; does that mean I shouldn't advocate for the places that still stand? 

 

And actually, the Astrodome kind of is the Roman Colosseum, or at least the closest we are going to get to a contemporary equivalent. Technology advances a lot faster now, but how long has it been since the Colosseum was used for its intended purpose? 

 

As to your "taxpayer money" complaint: part of the reason the Astrodome is still standing is that it would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to tear it down. Taxpayer money was going to be used one way or another, and I for one would rather see a building that was built with taxpayer money in the first place maintained than torn down and replaced with surface parking (which would of course also have to be maintained!) 

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11 minutes ago, Texasota said:

As to your "taxpayer money" complaint: part of the reason the Astrodome is still standing is that it would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to tear it down. Taxpayer money was going to be used one way or another, and I for one would rather see a building that was built with taxpayer money in the first place maintained than torn down and replaced with surface parking (which would of course also have to be maintained!) 

Yeah, right! That was Judge Ed Emmett hyper-inflating demo cost in order to justify keeping it as his pet project. Surface parking at least will bring in some revenue.

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59 minutes ago, West Timer said:

Whim my butt. The majority of Houstonians don't want Astrodome torn down.

I am willing to bet my retirement savings that actual Houston residents will vote to tear it down if presented with an actual cost-benefit analysis. This is probably a similar situation with the same people outside Houston wanting more highways at any cost so they can keep their commutes to the 'burbs easy for them at the expense of actual Houstonians.

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1 hour ago, EastEndHeritage said:

I am willing to bet my retirement savings that actual Houston residents will vote to tear it down if presented with an actual cost-benefit analysis. This is probably a similar situation with the same people outside Houston wanting more highways at any cost so they can keep their commutes to the 'burbs easy for them at the expense of actual Houstonians.

 

FWIW, it would be Harris County residents that matter, not just Houston residents.

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3 hours ago, EastEndHeritage said:

I am willing to bet my retirement savings that actual Houston residents will vote to tear it down if presented with an actual cost-benefit analysis. This is probably a similar situation with the same people outside Houston wanting more highways at any cost so they can keep their commutes to the 'burbs easy for them at the expense of actual Houstonians.

Fine. In the meantime, just keep paying your taxes. The Astrodome's not going anywhere. I'll bet your retirement that the Astrodome will be standing long after you will.

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and here I thought there would be some significant information regarding the Buffalo Bayou master plan.

 

carry on.

 

oh, and save the dome. since the name astrodome has a spacy theme to it, maybe they should talk one of the cities that is housing a space shuttle into moving it to Houston along with a pair of solid rocket boosters, and a fuel tank. I bet they could erect the launch platform inside the dome and use it as a huge science museum. maybe even they could move some of the rockets from space center Houston into this huge science museum. it should be noted that the space shuttle kitted out for launch was 184' tall. the tallest tower used to hold the roof in place during construction of the dome was over 200' tall. this would give plenty of room once they reinforced the floor to hold the space shuttle, and all accouterments. 

 

maybe even they could project some wicket huge planetarium style shows onto the ceiling? can someone talk to the judge and put me forth as a project planner for this new science museum?

 

don't we have a new county judge? you'd think if it was some pet project of county judge #1 that the new county judge would have taken aim at it right away as a cost saving measure?

 

someone else can figure out how to get all that shit in the dome, I'm an ideas man, not an engineer. :lol:

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28 minutes ago, samagon said:

don't we have a new county judge? you'd think if it was some pet project of county judge #1 that the new county judge would have taken aim at it right away as a cost saving measure?

We do, fortunately! Judge Hildalgo immediately stopped throwing good money after bad. She is following the will of the people in Houston as stated in prior referendum instead of following some personal nostalgia just because daddy took them to a ball game in 1960's.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/11/06/houston-astrodome-likely-to-be-demolished/3452349/

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/ASTRODOME-13565990.php

 

I like your proposal if private funds can be raised for it. As for the name, just rename reliant stadium or whatever that will eventually replace it, Astrodome. See Yankee Stadium or Wimbledon Stadium.

 

And to tie this to the Bayou, I rather Houston and Harris county spend the $105 million allocated to the Astrodome building more paths and beautifying the Bayou, specially on the East side of downtown, where more people can actually enjoy it instead of spending on intangible nostalgia.

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2 hours ago, EastEndHeritage said:

We do, fortunately! Judge Hildalgo immediately stopped throwing good money after bad. She is following the will of the people in Houston as stated in prior referendum instead of following some personal nostalgia just because daddy took them to a ball game in 1960's.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/11/06/houston-astrodome-likely-to-be-demolished/3452349/

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/ASTRODOME-13565990.php

 

I like your proposal if private funds can be raised for it. As for the name, just rename reliant stadium or whatever that will eventually replace it, Astrodome. See Yankee Stadium or Wimbledon Stadium.

 

And to tie this to the Bayou, I rather Houston and Harris county spend the $105 million allocated to the Astrodome building more paths and beautifying the Bayou, specially on the East side of downtown, where more people can actually enjoy it instead of spending on intangible nostalgia.

 

for your reference, Lina Hidalgo was voted into office in 2018.

 

I see two articles.

 

one article from 2013, which was 5 years before she held office. that article discusses that voters did not approve a project to turn the 'dome into a convention hall. I don't see any conceivable way that this could in any way remotely be related to how our current judge is distributing funds?

 

the other article was shortly after she took control of office in January 2019. in this article she was questioning the costs of redevelopment. I suspect (hope) she questioned the costs of everything she has to manage!

 

did you maybe link the wrong articles?

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10 minutes ago, samagon said:

 

for your reference, Lina Hidalgo was voted into office in 2018.

 

I see two articles.

 

one article from 2013, which was 5 years before she held office. that article discusses that voters did not approve a project to turn the 'dome into a convention hall. I don't see any conceivable way that this could in any way remotely be related to how our current judge is distributing funds?

 

the other article was shortly after she took control of office in January 2019. in this article she was questioning the costs of redevelopment. I suspect (hope) she questioned the costs of everything she has to manage!

 

did you maybe link the wrong articles?

I am well aware when Judge Hidalgo was voted into and when she assumed office. Article 1 show Houstonians do not want to spend money on the Astrodome as proven by the 2013 referendum since yourself and others keep arguing otherwise. At the time, Judge Emmet, could not take the loss on his pet project and changed direction to landmarked the dome instead in order to make it more difficult to demolish.

 

As you questioned why the new judge had not reversed course from the prior admin, well article #2 shows the new judge did so within days of taking office. So you are now arguing against your own argument. Thankfully this nonsense spending on the dome remains stopped. I know facts are at a premium nowadays, but come on.

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48 minutes ago, EastEndHeritage said:

I am well aware when Judge Hidalgo was voted into and when she assumed office. Article 1 show Houstonians do not want to spend money on the Astrodome as proven by the 2013 referendum since yourself and others keep arguing otherwise. At the time, Judge Emmet, could not take the loss on his pet project and changed direction to landmarked the dome instead in order to make it more difficult to demolish.

 

demolish is not in the text of the first document anywhere. demolish was not part of the vote anywhere.

 

the 2013 vote was very clear and specific to spend money making a new convention space. this vote did not succeed. period. end of story.

 

voting "no" for making a convention space is not a "yes" for demolition. there is no correlation between the two.

 

48 minutes ago, EastEndHeritage said:

As you questioned why the new judge had not reversed course from the prior admin, well article #2 shows the new judge did so within days of taking office. So you are now arguing against your own argument. Thankfully this nonsense spending on the dome remains stopped. I know facts are at a premium nowadays, but come on.

 

this is the text from the article in the entirety:

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As work continues on the initial stages of preparing the Astrodome for its new life as a parking and events venue, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo raised questions last week about the costs associated with redeveloping the former sports stadium.

 

Harris County’s new judge, who recently toured the property with officials from NRG Park, said she learned that the $105 million the county allocated to the redevelopment project did not include air conditioning.

 

‚ÄúI‚Äôm looking to make sure the current plan is fiscally responsible and that it will get us to a point where the Astrodome is self-sustaining,‚ÄĚ she said¬†in an interview¬†on Houston Public Media‚Äôs ‚ÄúHouston Matters.‚ÄĚ

 

 

that's it. nothing mention of canceling the project.

 

here is another article, much more recent, but other than giving a detailed accounting that maybe you should brush up on before discussing the subject further, it says nothing about reversing course.

https://www.houstoniamag.com/news-and-city-life/2019/03/whats-going-on-with-the-astrodome

 

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More waiting! ‚ÄúThis is really on the back burner for us at this juncture,‚ÄĚ Kiran Khalid, Hidalgo‚Äôs director of communications, told¬†Houstonia. She explained that county priorities currently include how to best disburse last year‚Äôs $2.5 billion Harvey flood bond to affected communities, and the criminal-justice reform proposals Hidalgo campaigned on. The county is ‚Äústill working through the plan details‚ÄĚ with project managers to determine how to approach the Dome‚Äôs air-conditioning issue, among others. The path forward remains hazy, in other words, but Khalid made one thing quite clear: ‚ÄúSpeculating on what will happen with the Astrodome and when is not at the top of mind for us.‚ÄĚ

 

maybe you should really focus in on the bolded part of the quote, let it sink in, and then go back and look at what I wrote.

 

4 hours ago, samagon said:

don't we have a new county judge? you'd think if it was some pet project of county judge #1 that the new county judge would have taken aim at it right away as a cost saving measure?

 

my statement is not contradictory with what her office has stated.

 

setting other projects at a higher priority is not taking aim as a cost saving measure. it is in fact, the exact opposite. she is ignoring it, not canceling it, the money is still approved for the task, it's just not being used yet.

 

she very well might want to reverse course, as you say, and cancel those plans, then demolish the dome, but that's not what her office is saying. furthermore, with the stadium being on the Texas Historical Commission, any hopes of seeing it demolished are pretty much a pipe dream, if push came to shove, other tax dollars from other locations would be used to keep the dome.

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My apologies for reviving this thread, but I just realized how great of a venue the Astrodome would be for Houston-area esports. Reviving what was once the the face of classic sports into the new center for future-oriented esports would be an incredible full circle achievement. This entire area could become a sports/LA Live area with residential, hotel, sporting and convention amenities. What are y’all’s opinions?
https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/commercial-real-estate/an-esports-arena-could-turbocharge-the-gaming-scene-in-houston-108131

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Racing to Save the Astrodome

HOUSTON ‚Äď (By Cynthia Lescalleet for Realty News Report) ‚Äď Beloved and sometimes bemoaned, Houston‚Äôs Astrodome is a landmark in search of a viable legacy ‚Äď for all to share.

Astrodome Conservancy is spearheading efforts to raise awareness of its dual mission: stewardship and partnerships in both preserving and redeveloping the aging iconinto something sustainable and truly accessible.

Toward that ‚ÄĒ and as part of a fresh public engagement campaign by the organization, an inaugural virtual¬†Race for the Dome ¬†invites participants to get active (literally) in supporting efforts to create a vibrant future for the long-languishing property.The¬†shuttered asset is owned by Harris County¬†and looms silently in tandem with NRG Stadium.

Held April 2-11 Astrodome Conservancy’s upcoming event offers a spot on format for these socially distanced times in that registrants  can independently run, walk, bike, hike, hop, scoot, skate and so forth a 5K race.

That‚Äôs a distance equal to about eight laps around the 8thWonder of the World, organizers say. As presented in registration materials: ‚ÄúYour race. Your route. Your schedule. Your Pace.‚ÄĚ Meanwhile, the first 200 registrants get special access to onsite laps on April 10 and the first 500 receive some snazzy dome sunglasses.

A stewardship and advocacy organization founded in 2016, Astrodome Conservancy is aware of the landmark’s history but is focused on securing its future, said Beth Wiedower Jackson, executive director.

As such, the conservancy raises private funds and seeks partnerships to support efforts to move the county closer toward ‚Äúa viable, sustainable and more accessible‚ÄĚ use for the Dome.

The property was designated a Texas State Antiquities Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission in 2017 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Structurally sound, it‚Äôs not going anywhere, Jackson said. Its next generation, however, remains a progression of ideas, due diligence ‚ÄĒ and funding.

The conservancy has raised $1.5 million to date to support its mission of awareness and economic redevelopment via innovative partnerships. Creative programming ‚Äď such as a virtual race ‚ÄĒ is part of that package.

Thinking Outside the Dome

While a partnership between public and private sectors has netted successful development and redevelopment of civic and cultural assets for the City of Houston, such as Discovery Green, the approach is new idea for county entities to navigate, Jackson said.

Another hybrid example ‚ÄĒ on a grander scale ‚ÄĒ is a network of underutilized infrastructure transformed into new urban spaces, such as the Hemisfair‚Äôs redeveloped 40-acre campus in San Antonio and Park Avenue Armory‚Äôs repurposing as a cultural hub in New York City.

Times Changed and Still Changing

Architects Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan and Wilson plus local firm Morris, Crain & Anderson designed the concrete and columned Astrodome during Houston’s Space Age civic mojo. It was go-go years brash. It was a mid-century bunker. It was often copied.

When it opened with a Houston Astros game on April 9, 1965, Houston’s domed stadium ranked as the first enclosed, air-conditioned sports arena, with nine acres under its roof. While the ceiling rises 18 stories inside, three levels sit below grade for a tidy scale above the sea of parking lot.

During its glory days, the Astrodome was a home for Houston sports teams, championships and exhibition games; a venue for the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and equipment-laden Offshore Technology Conference; and echoing hall for the 1992 Republican National Convention. By 2002, when Reliant Stadium opened, Dome use had dwindled, though it did yeoman’s duty housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees. By 2009, it was shuttered.

Now is an ideal time for working behind the scenes and taking a private funding approach to support possible project development, Jackson said. And, like the 5K race, to get things moving.


https://realtynewsreport.com/racing-to-save-astrodome-a-run-at-redevelopment/

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This is tonight:

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/06/10/astrodome-conservancy-hosting-virtual-public-meeting-to-get-input-on-what-to-do-with-historical-landmark/

 

HOUSTON¬†‚Äď What to do with the Astrodome? That is going to be the focus of a meeting Thursday night.

For years, there have been several conversations about what to do with the Astrodome.

Tonight, there will be a public virtual meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to get public input on what to do with the historical landmark.

For the last eight weeks, the Astrodome Conservancy created a community-supported vision for the reuse and redevelopment of the landmark Astrodome. Through the Future Dome project, organizers asked for public input through a series of surveys, engagement activities, informative materials, and public meetings.

‚ÄúThe trick is finding the equation that works for commissioners court and for the public,‚ÄĚ Conservancy Executive Director Beth Wiedower Jackson said.

Voters have already rejected a $200 million bond referendum and current county leadership shelved the last $100 million approved plan for the dome.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not going to the public to say, ‚ÄėSky‚Äôs the limit, what do you want to see in the Astrodome?‚Äô We know that‚Äôs not possible,‚ÄĚ Wiedower Jackson said.

KPRC 2 Political Analyst Ed Emmett says the dome has a unique structure and it could cost a pretty penny to transform it into something else.

‚ÄúIf you start from that perspective, what is the minimal amount you can do to keep it standing and make it usable,‚ÄĚ Emmett said.

Registration information can be found at future-dome.com and on the Astrodome Conservancy’s social media platforms, Instagram @astrodomeconservancy, Twitter AstrodomeFans, and Facebook @astrodomeconservancy.

Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.


 
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Haven't we already voted twice on this? Everybody wants something done but nobody wants to pay for it, so there it sits rotting away. Can't tear it down since somebody made it a historical building, I say let it rot away and in a hundred years it will be a tourist attraction like the Rome Coliseum.

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I like the dome and what it means as a Houstonian, but this thing is Point Nemo in a sea of parking, in a fenced off convention/rodeo/football mega area. If the dome were next to Buffalo Bayou I would 100% be cheering for something like this. But it's not, I don't see how it's possible for a park, or something other, than a Hotel or Parking structure to workout here.

When you strip it of all its exterior details and invite the elements in, what's the point of have a giant open-air steel structure here?

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So then the question we should be asking is this: ‚ÄúHow do we make the whole Harris County Sports and Exposition Complex nicer?‚ÄĚ ¬†And yes, I know that‚Äôs not the name - but it is what those building actually are. ¬†I agree the Dome should be repurposed, but the whole complex is garbage urban design.

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If nothing else the parking could be made partially permeable to allow some water retention.  It’s insane how much parking is surrounding this complex.  It’s unnecessary.  Make more people park and take LR for events.  Benefits other neighborhoods, since no one going to that complex is spending a dime outside of the event center.  Zero.

 

Its possible it is the worst example of urban planning in this city.

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On 7/4/2021 at 9:02 AM, arche_757 said:

"TV is chewing gum for the eyes"  - Frank Lloyd Wright

I like this quote, arche. Conversely, chewing gum is TV for the mouth - little to no nutritional value and probably damaging to functionality.

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6 hours ago, Specwriter said:

I like this quote, arche. Conversely, chewing gum is TV for the mouth - little to no nutritional value and probably damaging to functionality.

Not to digress‚Ķ I didn‚Äôt know my quote was visible? ¬†ūüėÜ ūüė¨¬†

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15 hours ago, sapo2367 said:

The proposed plan above does include additional greenspace by cannibalizing some parking.

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Looks like somebody's just dialing in the landscaping.  Not a bad idea to have some green space but given the events heavy nature of nrg, it needs to have more open green space and vendor friendly areas (think Japanese festival in Hermann park) instead of just row after row of trees.  Those areas can be surrounded by canopy.

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On 7/20/2021 at 12:23 AM, august948 said:

Looks like somebody's just dialing in the landscaping.  Not a bad idea to have some green space but given the events heavy nature of nrg, it needs to have more open green space and vendor friendly areas (think Japanese festival in Hermann park) instead of just row after row of trees.  Those areas can be surrounded by canopy.

Honestly they could have a nice path with trees and vendors from NRG Stadium to the Light Rail stop. Otherwise you're just roaming a huge dark parking lot. Doesn't feel dangerous, just uninviting. I don't really care what happens with the Dome anymore. Should just turn it into a giant parking garage to clear all the surface lots, turn them in year round fair grounds with trees. Could easily get rid of all the lots and maybe even sell some of them to developers. 

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People seem to think that because nothing has been done, all the previous ideas wouldn't have worked. But we have no idea if they would have worked or not, because none of them were done. It's very possible we could have had a working facility by now that would be a huge point of pride for the city and county and one of, if not the most notable historical landmark in Houston.

 

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On 7/25/2021 at 2:55 PM, hindesky said:

Met Olschner during the last Dome Conservancy call. He had the interior of his dome park concept as the virtual background, which was cool. There’s just 2 problems with this idea:

Problem 1: 

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"The Astrodome is recognized as a culturally important piece of Houston‚Äôs history, and as such it is protected as a State of Texas Landmark from alterations and changes that would impact the character of the Dome. ¬†Stripping it down to an open-air experience would spoil the character and its integrity. ¬†Maintaining the original design and intent of the structure is important and will be key to triggering reinvestment in the Astrodome.‚ÄĚ

Problem 2: The NRG Park tenants (Texans & Rodeo) also have to sign off on this. A Dome Park would take away areas where they could make revenues from parking at the very least. The park itself also takes a chunk of the lots the Rodeo uses to stage its events.

Not sure why so many miss the simple point that this project also has to appeal to the tenants. With that in mind, my idea to the Dome Conservancy focused on that very point. Sports franchises are building stadiums with mixed use development attached. SoFi Stadium and the surrounding LASED development on the old Hollywood Park site and Lambeau Field’s Titletown complex are the latest examples. The Jaguars are also following suit with the Jacksonville Shipyards development. The Astros are about to do the same at the Home Plate BBQ site.

Why can’t this happen within the walls of the Astrodome? It makes sense IMO. A mixed use development that both the Texans and the Rodeo can draw additional revenue from during events & year round is an idea they would likely sign off on. And since the NFL likes to reward cities for investment by granting Super Bowl hosting duties, which we’ve been a direct beneficiary of in 2004 (construction of Reliant Stadium) and 2017 (NRG Stadium renovation), maybe an Astrodome renovation into a year round mixed use development might be enough to lure another Super Bowl to town, in addition to the World Cup and Final Four. Competition to host large events that pull in millions in revenue is getting stiff, with AT&T Stadium in North Texas, Allegiant Stadium in Vegas and now SoFi in LA. A Dome mixed use development allows us to remain competitive 

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16 minutes ago, tigereye said:

Met Olschner during the last Dome Conservancy call. He had the interior of his dome park concept as the virtual background, which was cool. There’s just 2 problems with this idea:

Problem 1: 

Problem 2: The NRG Park tenants (Texans & Rodeo) also have to sign off on this. A Dome Park would take away areas where they could make revenues from parking at the very least. The park itself also takes a chunk of the lots the Rodeo uses to stage its events.

Not sure why so many miss the simple point that this project also has to appeal to the tenants. With that in mind, my idea to the Dome Conservancy focused on that very point. Sports franchises are building stadiums with mixed use development attached. SoFi Stadium and the surrounding LASED development on the old Hollywood Park site and Lambeau Field’s Titletown complex are the latest examples. The Jaguars are also following suit with the Jacksonville Shipyards development. The Astros are about to do the same at the Home Plate BBQ site.

Why can’t this happen within the walls of the Astrodome? It makes sense IMO. A mixed use development that both the Texans and the Rodeo can draw additional revenue from during events & year round is an idea they would likely sign off on. And since the NFL likes to reward cities for investment by granting Super Bowl hosting duties, which we’ve been a direct beneficiary of in 2004 (construction of Reliant Stadium) and 2017 (NRG Stadium renovation), maybe an Astrodome renovation into a year round mixed use development might be enough to lure another Super Bowl to town, in addition to the World Cup and Final Four. Competition to host large events that pull in millions in revenue is getting stiff, with AT&T Stadium in North Texas, Allegiant Stadium in Vegas and now SoFi in LA. A Dome mixed use development allows us to remain competitive 

You make a lot of good points.  Why I like the architects' vision and their work on the Dome, they kinda failed to do basic due diligence before starting out on the project.  As the KHOU story reports, the structural work is not possible because it is now protected as an historical site (b) surrounding the dome structure with a forest such as they envision is a non-starter for Rodeo and probably for the Texans and OTC.

I love the concept of filling it with mixed-use, but wonder how feasible it is.  Not sure if the financing can work for all involved (could such a mixed-use development really generate enough revenue to provide a return on the investment for the developers and also keep the Texans and Rodeo unharmed, let alone provide them with additional revenue?  And I wonder how much traffic such a mixed-use endeavor could generate on non-game, non-Rodeo days. 

The plan that was voted down was a pretty darned good plan (unfortunately poorly presented/marketed).  The latter, pared-down plan that the new County Judge put on indefinite hold was a decent compromise that would have allowed for use and later improvement/possible mixed-use development.

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On 7/20/2021 at 9:12 AM, Montrose1100 said:

Honestly they could have a nice path with trees and vendors from NRG Stadium to the Light Rail stop. Otherwise you're just roaming a huge dark parking lot. Doesn't feel dangerous, just uninviting. I don't really care what happens with the Dome anymore. Should just turn it into a giant parking garage to clear all the surface lots, turn them in year round fair grounds with trees. Could easily get rid of all the lots and maybe even sell some of them to developers. 

I heartily agree with the first three sentences.
(After that not so much, but to each their own.)

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At the end of the day I just don't think the Dome would ever be successful for "mixed use". I'm not aware of any stadium that has been successfully retrofitted that way. I would leave the frame and let it serve as a picnic or park area.

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11 hours ago, Subdude said:

At the end of the day I just don't think the Dome would ever be successful for "mixed use". I'm not aware of any stadium that has been successfully retrofitted that way. I would leave the frame and let it serve as a picnic or park area.

NRG Park has NRG Stadium, a convention center and an arena all on its footprint. All that’s missing is a hotel/mixed use component. Compare that to Texas Live, which will have all of the above. If the SkyDome can have a hotel within its stadium walls, I don’t see why the Astrodome can’t either. If St. Louis can convert an old train shed into a mixed use/hotel development, I don’t see why the Astrodome can’t be converted either. I think some of you are simply selling the potential of this short 

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I believe this ship has sailed:

My father has long thought the best use of the Dome is simply as a sports facility.  He wanted to see it repurposed as a large multi-sport Olympic level training facility.  Maybe it could have been made into an indoor/outdoor facility by opening some of the exterior?  Could have been a solid complex for the USOC teams to use, additionally, could have had annual trials/competitions etc here.  That’s not a big money/big ticket event on its own, but adding all those athletes here nearly year round, and you tap into the ready resources of the TMC and you’d have a win-win.  Athletes from around the country would have travelled to Houston for medical procedures, rehabilitations and the like (I know some do already, but the draw would have been bigger).  The TMC institution’s  could have opened a large sports medicine complex along Fannin.  You could add a 400 room hotel with some live-work type condos/apartments for reserve for athletes, and the rest available year round for events and conventions.  Of course we’re in the middle of the country with a mild fall-spring and it’s an ideal training complex.  I know that is very, very unlikely to happen now… but pie in the sky ideas like that are what Harris County should have been going after.   

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

Good news/Bad news:  There has been no shortage of interesting and creative ideas for the use of the Dome.  But none of them have come with a financing plan.

This was the county's excuse for not considering any of the ideas submitted. But the financing plan for any of these ideas could have been the same as the county used for their own ideas: use county general fund and/or sell bonds.

 

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4 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

Good news/Bad news:  There has been no shortage of interesting and creative ideas for the use of the Dome.  But none of them have come with a financing plan.

Should have given the entire facility to the TMC and let them run with it.  Problem solved.  They could have built housing, new facilities and expanded the scale of TMC 20+ years ago.  Instead… we got the Texans.

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