Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Landlord Sues to Block Wrigley Hotel Project

According to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business, the first of what could be many lawsuits was filed against the Cubs to block the construction of the proposed Wrigley Field hotel. The lawsuit was filed by Thomas A. Romano against the City of Chicago, Wrigley Field Holdings LLC, Wrigley Field Operations LLC, Triangle Property Holdings LLC and North Clark Street LLC.

Thomas Romano Sr. owns three apartment buildings immediately west of the hotel site bound by Addison, Clark and Patterson streets. According to the report and the lawsuit, Romano is “alleging that the City Council Zoning Committee’s approval of the project improperly amended the site’s current zoning status and that the development will cause the value of the surrounding property to decrease.”

Thomas Romano Sr. is “asking for an injunction blocking construction of the hotel” and “is seeking more than $6 million in damages.”

Danny Ecker reported the suit “alleges that the city had no legal authority to approve the project because the planned development status on the site expired two years ago and also alleges that the approval was arbitrary and capricious. The suit also alleges that the development will cause issues for the surrounding residential area including noise, light disturbance, traffic and blocking the alley between his property and the hotel, the only way for his tenants to exit.”

A spokesman for the Cubs was not available for comment.

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  • RynoTiger

    and the legal hurdles begin…I’m sure the other apartment owners are preparing their lawsuits and will try to hold up much of the exterior renovations and any interiors ones that “block their view” or they feel goes against the current legal agreement

  • SuzyS

    Perhaps this is why the Cubs haven’t started the permit process yet. Think they got wind of this earlier?
    This kind of stuff could take years….
    Let’s see what the property value of Mr. Romano’s buildings are like when the Cubs move out of Wrigley.
    Dolts… People are just dolts not to see this.

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  • Eugene Debs

    Stupid hotel.

  • Dorasaga

    A-hahahaha. I’m LOL. Well, if I may quote Lou: “What do you want me to do?” If Mr. Ricketts hasn’t figured out already, then I hope this is it.

    You can’t build a winner by hanging out around those who want you to lose!

  • DWalker

    and here is the famous chicago sucking sound as everyone in the area begins the next “what’s my cut” round. This isn’t about blocking the hotel, zoning or quality of life issues, its about getting a piece of the action in a go away settlement.

    • J Daniel

      It has become the American Way. Please give me, give me, and give me some more. I do not want to work or earn it because that takes to much work, effort, and discipline. So please give me … and throw in insurance as well … sorry for the political rant

  • 07GreyDigger

    I hate people. How much revenue does he lose from a view? How about the fact the building is 1 block from the field? Idiot.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The first of many lawsuits to be filed.
    When the Cubs lawyers are done years from now, they will have a Kershaw type of payment.
    Instead, lets spend the money on a new stadium in Rosemont and let the bars, businesses & residents rot in Wrigleyville,

  • J Daniel

    There are a couple of things that have become really obvious since TR has taken over. His really tight budget is forcing this club to act like a small market team that it should not be. There is absolutely no reason, from this point forward, that they can’t become SMART players in the free agent market to speed this up, other than they don’t have the money. Realistically, from this point forward, they should be building at all levels including the product on the field at Clark and Addison. But as we see this is being blocked.

    So, what does this do to the rebuild process? It delays it a couple more years because they do not have the cash. If this is true then they should take the money and build someplace else. ENOUGH and time to move to a location that is willing to work with them.

    The idea that if they move people won’t show up like they do at Wrigley, PLEASE! It is the Chicago Freaking Cubs … “if they build it people will come”!

    If a move and build takes a couple of years and delays the process … well, it is already being delayed. Build a replica with great bars around it and all will be good.

  • Geo Hamilton/Hairy-JackBrick

    Opinions are opinions and I could care less, but quaint Wrigleyville and Field are not the places for present plans. Historic is HISTORIC and gross, contemporary marketing is just that. You want a winner? Get a new park, new area, big training facilities, full night schedule, like those modern teams and all the HUGE JUMBOTRONS that can fit.
    Wonderful, conservative, rich kid dreams, turn Wrigleyville into Wally/Wrigley/Disney-Worlds. If only I were a billionaire’ s son and had met my wife in the bleachers.
    HEY! (hey:-) There’s an idea! Open a Vegas-Style Wedding Chapel in “The Bleachers”. Elvis could perform the ceremonies, broadcast thru a JUMBOTRON the size of The Hancock, while rotating #10, 14, 21 or 23 jerseys per/game. Imagine the revenue that would generate?
    GO CUBS! Things change.
    Oh…and “Rooftop Haters, not that I disagree, but get real, check your legal degree and define “contract”. It already would have happened.
    …and I’m still waiting emmeff…spending the winter in Kona…just knock…

  • Denver Mike

    Ugh … this whole saga is tiresome. When the Sox wanted to build a new stadium on the Southside nobody cared because Bridgeport was a dump. But all of the business owners in Wrigleyville are already fat and happy (thanks to the Cubs and the fans they bring in), so they are going to fight tooth and nail to block any changes to their cash-cow. Talk about biting the hand that feeds!

    I don’t want the Cubs to move to the suburbs, because half of the fun of going to a Cubs game is being on the Northside, walking over from the lakefront, catching an Improv show after the game, etc. If the Cubs were to move to the ‘burbs, sure they could build some tacky modern bars but it wouldn’t be the same … ever. How about some good old fashioned strong-arm “encouragement”? Chicago was built on that philosophy after all, just send a couple of thugs into these places, knock over some displays, ruffle some feathers, and move on!

    Obviously, I know that isn’t the real solution, but this just keeps dragging on and the longer it does the less likely I see these issues being resolved.

    • Dorasaga

      It’s a good point. The Cubs can settle perhaps most of these lawsuits in five years, but five years later, there’ll be MORE lawsuits. These property owners and misguided residents can’t see the benefits of the Cubs developing the area, as I mentioned a few times in the past. Wrigleyville used to be THE SUBURB, while today’s north Cook County used to be villages and tiny towns. Now, Wrigleyville is an old neighborhood without many youngsters moving in or growing up, methinks. The property owners only care about seizing the dough and run. They have no will to invest for the future, better their kids, improve the neighborhood, while the Cubs have an improved facility that will return to the players and help them win as well.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great, more expenses for ownership. This tem has so many financial hurdles it’ll make your head spin. So many things to be sorted out before they will have money to spend like a team in any market, let alone a big market. Very unfortunate…

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