HOUSTON (AP) — The dilemma of the deteriorating Houston Astrodome remained unresolved Tuesday with the passing of a deadline to put a bond referendum before voters in May.
Harris County commissioners took no action on the ballot initiative to raise millions of dollars to do something with the 48-year-old vacant stadium. But no one's really sure what to do with it.
A similar deadline last year to put the question before voters in November also came and went.
"We have waited for ideas for years and years on the dome," Commissioner Steve Radack told The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/XFGs3V). "It wouldn't surprise me if we wait years and years more before something happens.
"I'm not in a huge rush because I don't think we have the ideas and enough accurate information right now to really be able to present something to the voters."
The Astrodome's been unfit for occupancy since 2009. It hasn't been home to a sports team since the Houston Astros moved to their new downtown baseball stadium in 2000. It's most prominent use in recent years was as a shelter for Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.