Rosemont mayor: Suburban option is still there for Cubs

Rosemont mayor: Suburban option is still there for Cubs
January 31, 2014, 12:30 am
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Well, if the Cubs can't come to an agreement with the rooftop owners, at least they have a place to go.

Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens hasn't closed the door to the Cubs moving to the suburban area. CSN's David Kaplan initially spoke to Stephens last March about the possibility of the Cubs moving to Rosemont, and Stephens confirmed the option was still on the table Wednesday, according to the Daily Herald.

"Obviously we'd listen to anything," Stephens said. "We really don't have any redevelopment agreement on that site, so if they'd call, we'd talk to them. Depending on what the deal is, how we could get there, and how everything gets done, the proof is in the numbers."

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The Cubs would prefer to stay in Wrigleyville, where the neighborhood was built and has flourished around the historic ballpark. But the dispute with the rooftop owners has delayed the $500 million renovation project planned for Wrigley Field.

Stephens is offering 25 acres of land just west of I-294, but the Rosemont mayor isn't holding his breath waiting for the Cubs.

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"It almost seems like divorce isn't an option for them down there and they're pretty sold on staying in Wrigleyville," Stephens said. "If they'd call, we'd talk to them. But I'm not very optimistic.

"It's not like we're going to halt any discussions we're having with potential users for that site (in hopes of landing the Cubs). We're going to keep going forward with our broker and some potential users out there."

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Stephens said he hasn't spoken to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts since last May, when Ricketts publicly threatened to move the Cubs off the corner of Clark and Addison if the team could not add the Jumbotron in left field or the advertising sign in right field.

The Cubs filed for a permit for the 650-square-foot sign in right field Monday.