City plan commission approves Wrigley renovation plans

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The Chicago Plan Commission approved the half-billion dollar plan to renovate Wrigley Field.

The plan, which was approved by the city’s landmarks commission last week, includes  a 5,700 square foot sign with LED lights in left field and a roughly 650 square-foot sign in right field.

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 the ballpark’s neighbors oppose the plan, which also includes a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street. They also want the Cubs to change their plans for a new hotel.

After Thursday afternoon’s vote, Mayor Emanuel released a statement saying, “I’m pleased this next important step has been taken to help ensure the Cubs can modernize Wrigley Field and bring investments to Lakeview that will benefit residents and Cubs fans alike.

I want to thank the Plan Commission for its careful consideration and Alderman Tunney who has once again proven that he’s a fighter for the residents of his ward, delivering numerous wins for the community including increased security, free remote parking, a new traffic plan, and nearly $5 million in community investments; and finally the Chicago Cubs for their commitment to Chicago and to their neighborhood.”

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