According to a report from the Tribune, a federal judge granted a request last week by the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association to drop the lawsuit filed against the city and the Landmarks Commission that “sought to throw out the panel’s decision allowing the Cubs to install its outfield signs.”
Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club did not provide a reason for the request for dismissal. According to the Tribune, District Judge Amy St. Eve granted the request.
Eight members of the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association filed a lawsuit last August against the City of Chicago and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to overturn the city’s approval of the Cubs plans to expand, restore and renovate Wrigley Field. The lawsuit filed last summer did not include the Chicago Cubs.
The suit stated “the city broke its own rules in approving the plan and effectively deprived them of the property rights without due process.” The eight rooftops asked a judge to reverse the approval, an action that, if granted, would have almost certainly brought the project to a screeching hault.
The Cubs did not stop the process and kept moving forward with what is now known as The 1060 Project.
Thomas Moore of Anderson & Moore PC filed the lawsuit and he declined to comment about the dismissal to the Tribune.
The lawsuit filed by Edward McCarthy against the Cubs and Tom Ricketts is still pending.
The Cubs are on schedule to open the left and center field bleacher on May 11. The Cubs return from a seven-game, two-city road trip through St. Louis and Milwaukee and begin a seven-game homestand against the Mets (May 11-14) and Pirates (May 15-17).
The right field bleachers are scheduled for occupancy in mid-June and the right field video board is scheduled to be operational at some point prior to the All-Star break.
Julian Green and Carl Rice indicated on a conference call earlier this month The 1060 Project could take five off-seasons to complete as originally projected. The Cubs were being optimistic the project to expand, restore and renovate the 101-year old facility could be completed in four off-seasons.
- Full Report from the Tribune
- Judge Denies Rooftops Request to Stop Installation of Right Field Video Board [April 2]
- Update on The 1060 Project [April 1]