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Despite vote, no quick demise for Astrodome

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago November 06, 2013 Nov 6, 2013 Wednesday, November 06 2013 November 06, 2013 2:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

HOUSTON - Voters have rejected a plan to renovate the aging Houston Astrodome, but officials say the wrecking ball isn't necessarily on its way any time soon.

County commissioners say the fate of the world's first air-conditioned domed stadium is in limbo after county voters Tuesday turned down a $217 million bond proposal that would have converted it into a convention and events center.

The five-member panel that governs the county has the ultimate say.

One commissioner says if demolition means spending $20 million to fill the hole left behind with dirt and a parking lot, he'd rather leave it standing.

Another commissioner called demolition the only alternative now before them.

The board meets next week, but commissioners say it's unlikely they will make a decision immediately.

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