What’s going on with the Astrodome, after state senator John Whitmire’s plan to require a vote on a planned reconfiguration of the long-vacant former stadium was blocked last month? The project is still in a “design phase” that continued through the legislative session and is expected to last through the end of this year, and which includes some rather unglamorous tasks — such as verifying existing drawings and digging up the facility’s drainage pipe to see what condition it’s in. But officials won’t wait until the design phase is complete before getting estimates from construction managers. “After we get all the estimates, we’ll go back to commissioners court for approval to proceed,” county engineer John Blount tells Community Impact reporter Shawn Arrajj.
Although released drawings have shown layouts for the 2 levels of parking the county is planning to insert atop the former playing field and the 8-acre central event space (now brought up to ground level) atop it, they’ve been a whole lot more vague about plans for the roughly 500,000 sq. ft. of space on 6 levels that’ll still ring it. Most of that former seating area is intended to become available for some unknown mix of leasable space — for offices, retail, or restaurants. It’s still early in the timeline, but Blount says the goal is for the first new events at a reopened Astrodome to take place in 2020.
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Drawings of proposed Astrodome redo: Office of County Judge Ed Emmett