Demolition work doesn't mean beginning of the end for Astrodome -- yet

Some parts of the dome must be removed for safety reasons, and authorities say it doesn't mean the beginning of the end
October 9, 2013 2:17:02 AM PDT
Demolition is happening at the Astrodome. It's not the actual dome that's being torn down, but that's what could happen depending on what the voters decide in November. The other option is to turn the Astrodome into an events center but that's going to taxpayers.

Ticket booths, turnstiles, even iconic columns ringing the Houston Astrodome are being torn down. But officials insist, it's not what it looks like.

Edgar Colon with the Harris County Sports Corporation said, "We're here to make sure that we explain to the public that we are not demolishing the Astrodome."

Crews are only demolishing parts of the dome -- exterior portions that the county judge says must come down for safety reasons, no matter what is ultimately decided. County commissioners approved this eight million dollar project months ago.

"There had to be improvements made to the Astrodome regardless of what the voters decide -- if we repurpose it or if, ultimately, the dome comes down," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

In less than a month, Harris County voters will decide on a $217 million bond proposal to turn the dome into an event center. If the bond passes, the average Harris County homeowner would see an eight dollar per year increase in taxes. If it doesn't pass, the entire building could be torn down.

The initial exterior demolition project around the Astrodome is expected to continue until next summer.

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