Grant Stevens, right, and Jason Clement, left, look over early voting results Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Houston. Houston-area voters are deciding whether to convert the Astrodome into a convention center or allow the stadium to be demolished. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Construction workers walk out a gate outside an Astrodome loading area Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Houston. Voters are deciding whether to approve a referendum authorizing up to $217 million in bonds to turn the stadium that once hosted both baseball and football games into a giant convention center and exhibition space. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3:48 PM
HOUSTON (AP) — 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.
Harris 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, Steve Radack, 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, Jack Morman, 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.