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Old 09-27-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Commissioners approve first phase of $105M Astrodome project

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $10.5 million for the first phase of a $105-million project aimed at transforming the Astrodome into a multipurpose facility.

Tuesday's vote kicked off the design phase of the project, which will raise the Astrodome floor to provide two levels of parking and add 1,400 parking spaces to the venue.

The design phase will be funded by a combination of parking revenue, hotel occupancy taxes and general fund resources.

PHOTOS: Tour the shuttered Astrodome

When it opened in 1965, the Harris County Domed Stadium was the first of its kind, and was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

The stadium hosted the Astros from 1965 to 1997 and the Oilers from 1968 to 1997. It was condemned in 2009.

Voters rejected a plan in 2013 that would have transformed the venue into a convention center.

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