Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Wrigleyville Residents Calling for a Slow Down in Negotiations

According to a report from the Tribune, “the Lakeview Citizen’s Council raised a host of red flags to parts of the rehab plan proposed by Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, who has said he would like to get the deal done by Opening Day, April 1.” The Cubs have publicly stated they need the deal with the city to be completed by April 1 in order to ensure they are able to begin the first part of the restoration project in October.

While the Cubs push to wrap up the restoration deal, the Tribune reported “the stadium’s neighbors are calling for a slow down in negotiations.”

William DeMille, the president of the Lakeview Citizen’s Council, told the Tribune “he was pleased a deal was not struck by early February, as city officials had hoped.” Mr. DeMille is concerned that the needs of the neighborhood (parking, traffic and public safety) will not be addressed if an agreement is reached too soon.

Tom Ricketts addressed the situation on Wednesday during the tour of the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in Mesa. Ricketts said Wednesday that only “a handful of issues remained to be solved” in order for the Cubs to move forward with the restoration project.

The Tribune reported that Mr. DeMille admitted in the letter that the residents enjoy the benefits of Wrigley Field but also “the negative effects” such as traffic, noise and disorderly behavior. Mr. DeMille would like a limit of 33 night games, up just three games from the 30 games that are currently allowed, and is not in favor of later start times for Friday afternoon games due to traffic concerns and the negative impact it will have on businesses that are not game-related. Mr. DeMille would like to see more detailed plans from the Cubs.

According to the Tribune, the Cubs said Thursday they were encouraged that their neighbors appeared to be open to more games and concerts.

One of the main obstacles remains the owners of the rooftop clubs. Beth Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Bleachers, is hopeful things can be worked out and she told the Tribune, “I know this sometimes presented as rooftops versus Cubs, but really it’s just about everybody working together to make solutions that works the best for everybody, including the Cubs, including the rooftops, including the neighborhood. And we have a long tradition of hashing things out.”

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  • calicub

    Cannot wait for this rooftop deal to end do the cubs can stick it to those bums. 1914. The stadium has been around for nearly 100 years. You show me a resident who has been there for that long and ill show you the only resident who has a right to complain about anything involved with Wrigley. You people knew what you got into by moving to that community. In fact I’m sure it was an attraction for most businesses to open nearby.

  • 07GreyDigger

    “The negative effects, traffic, noise and disorderly behavior.”

    No one tells these people to live there! What do you expect you live in an area with a baseball stadium, bars and music venues. What did you expect? RIDICULOUS!

  • cc002600

    Move to the Burbs !!!

    Screw those bloodsucking neighbors !!!!

    Let them see how that would work out for them. Just think of how much less traffic & noise they would have !

    and oh, just think how much less their property value would be. Oooops.

  • John G

    It’s like moving into Elk Grove Village and then complaining about the noise from low flying aircraft.

  • Tbarker

    The people who own million dollar homes in Wrigleyville, which normally would be be worth $400,000 can deal with whatever Wrigley brings to the neighborhood or they can give up their inflated property value. Take away Wrigley, most of the bars and restaurants close, property values go down. Hey residents BOO HOO, go live in Justice. Location, location, location.