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FILE- In this May 21, 2012 file photo, the Astrodome sits gathering dust and items for storage in Houston. A coalition of local and national preservation groups is taking its efforts to save the iconic but now shuttered Houston Astrodome to the streets. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, voters will decide 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, File)

(HOUSTON) — The Texas Historical Commission is being asked to make the Astrodome a State Antiquities Landmark, but Harris County commissioners say such a move could make it more difficult to do anything with the structure.

“This could really tie the hands of county officials in terms of what they might want to be able to do with it,” said Joe Stinebaker, the communications director for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

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That’s because the historical commission would have to approve any future changes to the dome.

The added bureaucracy could not only delay work, but also cost the county and taxpayers more money.

“This thing could kick back to have the exact opposite effect of what the dome supporters are wanting,” Stinebaker said.

The Texas Historical Commission will make a final decision on landmark status for the Astrodome in July.

Emmett plans to meet with dome stakeholders in May to discuss the future of the structure.

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