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Astrodome plan to be studied further by county

HOUSTON (AP) -- Harris County leaders are asking for further study on a plan to turn the deteriorating Houston Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.

County commissioners during a meeting Tuesday in Houston voted to have the budget office, the county attorney and the public infrastructure department review the proposal, which could take a month or so.

Last week, the Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. voted to recommend the project. Officials say it would cost an estimated $194 million and take about 2½ years to complete.

If the plan is accepted by commissioners, funding for it would likely have to be approved through a bond election.

The stadium has been vacant since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy. The Houston Astros moved out in 2000.