Houston Astrodome's restoration bath underway

HOUSTON - The Astrodome is getting an expensive bath in hopes of restoring the iconic stadium.

The process began Wednesday after it was delayed by weather earlier this month. Sky 2 aerials showed workers on scaffolding, washing down the exterior walls.

On Friday, the Urban Land Institute will release preliminary recommendations following its recent study of the Dome. We'll be sure to bring it to you on Local 2 News and Click2Houston.com.

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Green Team Services, a Houston window cleaning service, is testing the Eighth Wonder of the World to determine the best way to wash the Dome.

Brett Robinson, president of Green Team Services, said they use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that will be delicate enough to preserve the icon, but should also be able to restore the exterior to look like new.

The project is expected to cost $63,800 and was scheduled to begin Monday. Robinson said while they are still determining the best way to move forward with the cleaning and the contract, the actual cleaning phase might not take place for another week.

Harris County leaders said the cleaning should help prevent further decay.

Since 2009 when the Astrodome was decommissioned it seems like countless suggestions have been thrown around for what to do with the Dome. Most of which have come with a lot of debate and last November voters decided against making it a massive convention space.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told Local 2 in November that he supports the cleanup while they determine whether to give the Astrodome landmark status.

One of Emmett's suggestion is to make the Dome an indoor multi-use park where they could host anything from archery to concerts.

Leaders are supposed to meet this week to start the process of trying to find a permanent use for the Dome.

The entire cleanup project is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 10, 2015.

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