Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Rooftops Won’t Sue if Number of OF Signs Reduced, Cubs Moving Forward with Revised Plan

Wrigley Plan - 052714According to multiple reports, the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association has agreed not to pursue legal action against the Cubs for blocking the views of the rooftops if the team goes back to the sign package that was approved last year by the Landmarks Commission and install only two outfield signs.

The rooftop owners have reached out to the team with the new proposal to only install the video board in left field and the see-through sign in right field. And if the Cubs agreed, the rooftops would not sue the team. The attempt by the rooftops is to keep more of their views from being blocked.

PrintThe Cubs have reportedly not responded to the rooftops proposal.

The Cubs are on the Landmarks Commission agenda for Thursday, July 10 to receive approval to erect seven signs in the outfield that would take up about 56 percent of the outfield with 20 feet of space between each sign according to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business.

Cubs’ spokesman Julian Green released the following statement:

“We are 100 percent focused on presenting our revised expansion plan to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Our construction timetable depends on getting the required approvals at that meeting so that must be our priority at this time.”

The Tribune spoke with Jim Lourgos, a rooftop club owner, and he said the “rooftops have been working very hard to find a solution that works for everyone.”

Danny Ecker reported that it is unclear if the rooftops will pursue legal action if the Landmarks Commission approves the Cubs revised plan on July 10 that includes seven signs in the outfield. If the Cubs receive approval from Landmarks next week, the team “intends to break ground quickly on the triangle property adjacent to the stadium to begin building a new 30,000-square-foot, bi-level underground clubhouse.”

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  • triple

    It sounds like the rooftop owners are not as unified as they once thought they were. All of a sudden they are clamouring to accept last years terms that they once refused?!?! Wow! I like how the Cubs have played this out and added even more to the expansion. Even if they have to find a middle ground (according to the courts) between last years proposal and this years, this will be a huge win for the Cubs organization. The Cubs are prepared to move forward, full speed ahead… And in another 5 years, all those rooftop owners will probably be preparing to file for bankruptcy, but be saved when they sell to Ricketts.

    • Tony_H

      Divide and conquer!

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    This roof top crap is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.

    • Tony_H

      You are right, name one other sports franchise that had to deal with a group of people stealing their product for years!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    The rooftop owners have no leverage. It will bankrupt them if they go to court and they will ultimately lose in the end.

    • Dnuge

      several of the rooftop owners have large mortages & some may be close to going under soon !

  • BillyFinT

    You knwo a show’s bad when the drama ends without a lead!

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