Cubs get go-ahead for Wrigley plans, minus outfield signs

June 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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CHICAGO, June 28 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs got approval from city officials to proceed with most of their Wrigley Field renovation plans, but a decision on two large signs was postponed.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks gave approval Thursday for 45,000-square feet of "new or existing" Wrigley signage, but a vote on a 6,000-square foot video scoreboard in left field and a 1,000-square foot see-through sign in right field was put off until July 11, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

The commission delayed the vote to give the team time to work out a compromise with Alderman Tom Tunney, who represents the Wrigleyville neighborhood as part of his 44th district. Tunney wants the Jumbotron scoreboard to be reduced to 4,000-square feet and the right-field sign to be shrunk to 600 feet.

He also wants the Ricketts family, the Cubs stakeholders planning the renovations, to scrap plans for a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street to connect a planned hotel to the team's new office building.

Tunney said Thursday he is concerned about the Cubs' plans to extend the right- and left-field walls outward.

"For 265 days-a-year, this is a residential community and sidewalk width and coming up and down the street [is pivotal] ... . We are very concerned about the width of the sidewalk," he said.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the team is not opposed to compromising.

"We know this is a marathon. There are many more meetings we have to go through. We'll continue to do that to, hopefully, get something that works for everyone," he said.

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