Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Ald. Tunney Adds to List of Demands

Alderman Tom Tunney added to the list of his demands on Wednesday just a day before the Cubs were set to meet with the Chicago Plan Commission. Alderman Tunney is demanding a 10-year moratorium be placed on the Cubs from adding addition signage to Wrigley Field Field and he is prepared to take on Mayor Emanuel unless the Cubs make four more concessions according to the Sun-Times.

The Cubs passed a major hurdle last week when the Landmarks Commission unanimously approved the addition of a 5,700 square-foot sign in left field that would feature a 4,560 square-foot video screen, a 650 square-foot see-through advertising sign in right field and a sign matrix that will guide future stadium advertising. The Cubs still must receive approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the city’s Zoning Committee and the City Council before they can move forward with their plans to fund the restoration of Wrigley Field.

Along with the demand of a 10-year moratorium on signage in Wrigley Field beyond the ones already approved by the Landmarks Commission, Ald. Tunney “has demanded that the Cubs scrap a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street connecting a Cubs-built hotel to the team’s new office building; drop the hotel’s outdoor patio deck over Patterson Street, and shift hotel lobby activity from Patterson to either Clark or Addison” according to a report from the Sun-Times.

Fran Spielman reported that Ald. Tunney is prepared to drop his objections and give his support to the Wrigley Field master signage plan if the Cubs meet those four demands. Tunney said those are his “non-negotiables” and that would be his compromise in order to support the Cubs’ plan.

Ald. Tom Tunney is prepared to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the City Council floor.

According to the Sun-Times’ report, “the Cubs agreed to appease Tunney by eliminating the rooftop restaurant and beer garden over Patterson Street and at least consider moving the hotel entrance off that street. But there was no movement on the pedestrian bridge or the ten-year moratorium.”

The Cubs issued a statement in response to Tunney’s demands: “The Ricketts family is seeking to make a $500 million investment that will not only generate significant millions in economic returns for the city, but additional resources to put back into the team. Every single asset we’re seeking has value to the Cubs and potential partners. And we understand better than anyone every part of this project has to be done responsibly with the safety of our neighbors, fans and visitors in mind. Like always, we’re continuing talks with the Alderman Tunney and the city.

Lakeview residents staged a rally outside of Wrigley Field on Wednesday night to protest aspects of the ballpark renovation that could be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday. The main concern of the Wrigleyville residents is that the renovations would create a “Vegas Atmosphere.”

For those who would like to sign the Cubs petition to support the Restoration of Wrigley Field, you can visit WrigleyField.com

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