Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts hopes to get approval by next month from the City of Chicago to move ahead in the fall on the five-year renovation plan of Wrigley Field.
"There are a handful of issues," Ricketts said Wednesday from the site for the Cubs' new spring training facility. "We are just working them out with the Alderman (Tom Tunney) and working them out with (Mayor Rahm Emanuel). We are hopeful we will get some resolutions soon. If at some point we are going to be in the ground (starting the project) in October, we have to get to some resolution in the next few weeks."
Emanuel has told the Cubs to work out an agreement with the neighborhood and rooftop owners before he will agree to ease the restrictions on the landmark status of Wrigley Field. The Cubs cannot make any significant changes to the ballparks interior or exterior without the mayor's approval. The 17 rooftop owners proposed in late January that the Cubs use their buildings for advertising signs rather than block the view of some of the buildings with advertisement on the back walls of the Wrigley bleachers. The Ricketts family said in January that it will pay the entire freight on the rehabilitation of the ballpark, estimated at $300 million.
"I think everyone has incentives to get the project started," Ricketts said. "It is a great project for our players who will be leaving this new facility and they need a new clubhouse. It is a great project for our fans who have to go to the washroom and get food knowing it is not the best. it is a great project for the community, the stuff we are going to do around the park. This will be a value added amenity for all the neighbors. This is an incredible project for the city. We create 2,100 jobs and the hundreds of millions of dollars economic activity and tax dollars created."
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