Mayor Emanuel releases statement on Wrigley renovations

Mayor Emanuel releases statement on Wrigley renovations
July 23, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Welcome to another episode of the Wrigley Field Saga.

[RELATED: Chicago Planning Commission approves Wrigley renovation plans]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Tom Tunney met Tuesday to discuss the latest with the historic ballpark.

The two officials concluded at the meeting the proposed bridge over Clark street connecting to the future hotel will be deferred indefinitely.

"Additionally, we agree that further discussion is necessary on the location of the entrance to the hotel," Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. "While Alderman Tunney, Tom Ricketts and I have agreed that only the two outfield signs they have secured will be authorized for the duration of their agreement.

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"I am pleased that the Cubs and Rooftop Club owners are having serious discussions to resolve their remaining issues for the duration of their current agreement and I encourage the parties to complete their negotiation."

The Cubs are hoping to follow the path set forth by the Boston Red Sox and create their own "Yawkey Way" outside Wrigley Field, with a stretch of shops and restaurants stretching down one of the streets behind the outfield walls.

[RELATED: Cubs, city of Chicago agree on video board]

"Alderman Tunney and I also agree there must be public input regarding any future revisions to Sheffield Ave. before plans would be approved by any city department and the alderman," Emanuel's statement read.

"While work still needs to be done, overcoming these remaining issues will allow the planned development to go forward so the Cubs can begin investing in Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville."