The iconic Houston Astrodome, which has been empty and unused since 2008, could be reborn as a special events and trade show facility, according to a proposal by consultants led by Dallas-based CSL. The $270 million rehab option could turn Houston into a popular destination for special events and national trade shows, the consultants said. The plan would preserve the iconic structure’s outer shell. The multipurpose facility could be finished by 2016 if the plan is approved.
The proposal was one of four considered by the consultants. The other options included leaving the dome alone, demolishing it and building an outdoor plaza, or building a massive and expensive "renaissance" complex anchored by a luxury hotel.