Chicago City Council approves Wrigley Field renovations

The full Chicago City Council approved the Wrigley Field renovation tweaks, Wednesday afternoon which were proposed by Council committees earlier, reports Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a few words about the project.

“They need to get started — and I was clear and unambiguous with the ownership about that even prior to [Wednesday’s] City Council actions,” the mayor said.

“The city has lived up to everything they said they were going to do in a timely fashion….We’re holding up our side and I expect them and the other invested interests — meaning also the rooftops — to resolve their issues so the whole city can benefit.”

Local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), who has been a throne in the Cubs’ side at times to the various proposals wants the team to start moving.

“I would emphasize that the Cubs need to start the work as soon as possible…They need to do the renovation to be at Wrigley Field, to be in Chicago and to be in a LakeView, which has been phenomenally supportive,” Tunney said.

The Cubs still continue to battle two rooftop owners for the full renovations the Cubs seek.

The dispute has come down to two rooftop owners whose Sheffield views would be impaired by the right field sign. The Cubs have explored the possibility of reducing the team’s 17 percent share or buying the rooftops out, to no avail, sources said.

With it being mid-December construction will not begin until next offseason.

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Topics: Chicago Cubs, MLB, Wrigley Field Renovation

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