Its time to put up or shut about the Astrodome. Monday is the deadline set by the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation for privately funded ideas regarding the dome's future.
Whether it becomes a parking garage, casino, historical attraction, the money has to be there.
“We're seeking ideas that can be funded by the proposer 100-percent,” says HCSCC Executive Director Willie P. Loston. “Ideas that are compatible with the operations of Reliant Park.”
Loston says 'publicly funded' ideas still have another week to be turned in before the HCSCC board meets to narrow down it's options. After that, the group will submit it's findings at the capital improvements meeting of Harris County Commissioners Court June 25.
“I'm confident there will not be a decision that determines the fate of the building that day,” he tells KTRH News.
Loston expects commissioners will hold a series of hearings before making their final decision.
“During these hearings, commissioners will refer particular items to the budget director or engineering department for study to be returned to Court within a period of time, and that's when they usually make a decision,” says Loston.
Both Loston and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett have stated voters will have final say what eventually becomes of the Astrodome. If put on the fast track, the issue could be on November's ballot.