The Cubs passed another major hurdle on Thursday afternoon, one the Cubs called a “tremendous step forward,” when the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the team’s proposal to restore Wrigley Field.
In a surprising turn of events, Ald. Tom Tunney told the commissioners he backs the Cubs plan, “although he continued to discuss with the Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel his opposition to a pedestrian bridge the Cubs want to put up over Clark Street” according to a report from the Tribune.
Ald. Tunney said his other concerns have been addressed, including a promise from Mayor Emanuel that there will not be any additional outfield signs “for many years to come.”
According to a report from the Sun-Times, “the City Council’s Zoning Committee and the full City Council are expected to approve the Wrigley development next week.”
Fran Spielman reported that Tunney’s “about-face came after he spent the morning button-holing colleagues to support him in upholding the long-standing tradition of deferring to the local alderman on zoning and planning issues.”
The pedestrian bridge could still be an issue as the Cubs have no plans to scrap their plans to build the bridge. According to multiple reports on Thursday, the Cubs are considering covering the bridge but not removing it all together, as the Alderman demanded.
According to Fran Spielman, Ald. Tunney told his colleagues and warned the Cubs that he had the 26 votes needed to block the project on Wednesday night. Tunney has changed his mind for now and has given his support to the Cubs’ plans.
- Full Report from the Chicago Tribune
- Full Report from the Chicago Sun-Times
- Tom Tunney – News from the 44th Ward