Alderman wants conditions on Wrigley rehab

March 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

CHICAGO, March 8 (UPI) -- The Chicago alderman representing the Wrigley Field area said he will not agree to a rehab deal for the field unless his conditions are met.

Alderman Thomas Tunney, whose 44th district includes Wrigleyville, said residents and businesses want the $300 million rehab plan for the Chicago Cubs' home to include more parking, increased police protection and "aesthetic" assurances, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

The Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, is not asking for any government funding for the project and is requesting approval for the overhaul plan by Opening Day in early April so contractors and materials can be located to fix up the ballpark, which has been the Cubs' home since 1913.

Tunney dismissed the idea that a delay in the deal would harm the Ricketts' plans.

"You're talking about one of the wealthiest families in America," he said. "End of statement."

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