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Wrigley Field renovation

The Ricketts Family, which owns the Cubs, say they’ll pay the $300-million to rehab Wrigley Field, if some city restrictions are lifted.

Some of their plans include erecting more signs at the park to help raise more revenue; but new signs could block the view of the field from some of the neighbors’ rooftop clubs.

The Cubs also want to add night games and build a hotel in the neighborhood; both proposals raise issues of added traffic congestion, scarce parking, and public safety.

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The Cubs received preliminary backing from aldermen to push back the exterior outfield walls at Wrigley Field onto Waveland and Sheffield Avenues.
It’s all part of the team’s $300 million dollar renovation plans.
Pushing out the exterior walls would mean eliminating parking on the streets but would still allow for two-way traffic.
The plan was recommended today by the City Council Transportation Committee.

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12/05/13

Plan for Wrigley plaza delayed

43 extra night games were approved by a Chicago City Council committee today.  The full council will take a vote on it soon.

But the committee wants to hear more from Lakeview residents before approving an outdoor sports plaza that wound allow beer and wine almost year round.

The plaza would be next to Wrigley so patrons can move with their beer or wine between the ballpark and outside.

Charlotte Newfeld from the Lakeview Citizens Council is concerned about a “Disney-like” atmosphere in the neighborhood that would take away from the character of Wrigleyville.

The latest changes to the Wrigley Field renovation plans will affect parking on Sheffield Avenue.

The Chicago Landmarks Commission approved a plan that would push back the right field wall even further.

The original plan was seven feet, but now it will be pushed back 15 feet.

Sheffield will have to be narrowed, and some parking will be eliminated.

The Cubs say this would minimize how much their new 650-square-foot see-through billboard above right field will block rooftop views.

Cubs ownership say they won’t start the renovation until rooftop owners promise not to sue them.

The amended renovation plans still have to go back to the Plan Commission and City Council for approval.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed more changes for Wrigley Field to the city council.

Emanuel wants to give the Chicago Cubs more flexibility on scheduling night games.

43 games would be allowed at night instead of 46 and 8 of those could change from day to night games if national TV broadcasters ask for the shift.

In return, the Cubs agreed to drop their proposed pedestrian bridge over Clark St from their half-billion dollar renovation plan.

However, the Cubs still don’t have plans to start any remodeling.

They want an agreement from rooftop club owners around the park not to sue over blocked views from big signs the cubs want to erect.

The rooftop owners have a contract with the Cubs for revenue sharing and say they’ll enforce that contract if need be.

The Cubs would also be allowed to push-back the right field wall by seven feet and the left field wall by 16-feet.

Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney is demanding to know why the Cubs haven’t started their expansion of Wrigley Field.

Tunney says, by now, the team’s owners should have applied for, and received, their building permits.

The Cubs say they are waiting for Wrigleyville rooftop owners to call off their threat to sue the club over two controversial new outfield signs.

Tunney’s 44th ward includes with Wrigleyville neighborhood; he says the team promised to start construction as soon as the off-season started, and he wants the club to keep its promise.

The City of Chicago says the Chicago Cubs won’t have to pay any extra city taxes for the space it takes to expand Wrigley Field.

A lane of traffic on Waveland Avenue will be wiped out.

And a sidewalk on Sheffield will disappear when the right field wall is extended by ten feet.

The City Council’s original approval of Wrigley renovation included a plan to appraise the land and decide how much to levy in new taxes.

Wednesday, the city said there will be no appraisal, and no additional taxes.C

Mayor Emanuel says the Wrigley Field renovation may include a party deck over Sheffield.
He says both the Ricketts family and the rooftop owners like the patio idea.
It lets the Cubs move a huge script sign to the edge of the deck, maintaining rooftop views.
But the mayor insists it’s important to get community input first.
Last week the city council approved the team’s $ 500 million dollar plan to fix up the ball park, and develop the surrounding neighborhood, but specifics are still being hammered out.

Chicago aldermen approved the Chicago Cubs’ proposal to spend $500 million to overhaul the Wrigley Field.

The plan calls for a 5,700-square-foot video board in left field, and a see-through billboard in right field.

The plan also includes a hotel and an office-retail complex nearby.

Wrigley Field’s $500 million renovation approved by city councilThe approval comes after months of intense negotiations between the Cubs, Mayor Emanuel, and 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney.

The deal doesn’t include some other hot button issues, including a proposal to extend the right field wall back even farther. The team also agreed to drop its request for a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street.

Historic Wrigley Field will indeed undergo a major, renovation project.

Chicago aldermen approved on Wednesday the Cubs’ proposal to spend $500 million to overhaul the ballpark, and build a hotel, and office-retail complex nearby. The approval comes after months of intense negotiations between the Cubs, Mayor Emanuel, and 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney.

The plan calls for a 5,700-square-foot video board in left field, and a see-through billboard in right field.

The agreement is expected to boost tax revenue and does not include a taxpayer subsidy.

The deal doesn’t include some other hot button issues, including a proposal to extend the right field wall back even farther. The team also agreed to drop its request for a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street.

The Chicago City Council is expected to approve the renovation of Wrigley Field today.

The plan includes a new Jumbotron screen in left field and a new see-through billboard in right field.

It includes a new hotel across Clark St. with its main entrance on either Clark or Addison instead of a residential street; but it no longer includes a new pedestrian footbridge outside the park, or an extension of the right field bleachers over Sheffield Ave.

Those enhancements must be approved later.

The Cubs’ owners added,  “We also need to resolve all outstanding issues with the rooftops, and amend the night game ordinance, so as not to conflict with major league baseball’s national television contract.”

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