The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will be reviewing the Chicago Cubs' new master plan for Wrigley Field next Thursday, July 10. In the lead up to the important vote, there has been much debate, and even threats of legal action over the ambitious $575 million plan that would include seven new signs in the outfield, and a number of alterations to the aging stadium's bleachers, players facilities, outfield lights and concession areas. The plan has gone through a number of changes, and has been held up for months due to a disagreement between the Cubs leadership and the nearby rooftop owners. However, in May, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released a video statement indicating that the Cubs would be moving forward with their plan. While the plan has been contentious, some reports indicate that the Ricketts' renovations will sail through the landmarks commission and others indicate that the team and rooftop owners may be finally close to settling their ongoing dispute. The team has released the final renderings for the master plan on their site, which show the dramatic makeover the century-old ballpark could soon be receiving. In the lead up to the landmarks review, Alderman Tom Tunney plans on hosting a final community meeting next Monday evening at 6:30pm at the 19th District Police Station.
[A rendered flyover of the Wrigley Field renovation plan]
·Wrigley Field Renovations: Tunney Asks Neighbors for Feedback on Cubs' Plan [DNAinfo]
·Cubs: Landmarks panel expected to OK Wrigley renovation plan [Sun-Times]
·Rooftop owners agree not to sue Cubs if only 2 signs [Tribune]
·Previous Wrigley Field coverage [Curbed Chicago]