After acquiring the land since 2012, from Fort Worth-based MHB Asset LP, or the Mallick Group, the land Rodeo Houston bought for $20.50 a square foot, has been used for extra rodeo parking. The entire purchase was $42.8 million.
Now that's about to change.
In an official statement issued today by Rodeo President and CEO Joel Cowley, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo says it's in the "early stages of (its) long-range planning" for the 102 acres. Harris County Appraisal District records indicate it includes five tracts adjacent to the 610 Loop near a car dealership.No word on if the new changes will be implemented in time for Rodeo Houston at NRG Park by March 2019.
We are in the early stages of our long-range planning for the 102 acres at 610 lot. Currently, the location is providing additional parking for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and, as part of the long-range plan, we are discussing how the space can contribute to our mission of agriculture. All plans are entirely conceptual at this point but discussions have included building an event space that would enhance our annual Show and provide a year-round presence that could serve multiple purposes including educational exhibits, committee meeting space, fundraiser and event locations.
The statement leaves most who loved Astroworld to wonder, what's going to happen to the many acres Astroworld, home of Greased Lightnin' and Thunder River occupied? Who can forget the Texas Cyclone?
All along native Houstonians who've been to Astroworld drive by the lot and still don't see much. Anyone new to Houston never even knew it was there.
In recent weeks, the popularity of Astroworld has been revived after a popular new album released by Houston hip-hop artist Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, seen wearing the logo on a top for nearly 6 million followers who liked the image on Insta out of 113m of the makeup mogul's devotees.
Scott even posted a photo of his baby wearing an Astroworld baby outfit... in another move that puts Astroworld back in the forefront of our minds, inspiring an entirely new generation.