Not so fast, Ricketts family. In a posting to his website, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) puts the kibosh on reports that a deal is nearing completion between the city and the Cubs regarding renovations to Wrigley Field.
“It is true that negotiations are underway, but no agreement has been reached,” states Tunney.
His message continues: “Wrigley Field is a Chicago treasure and an economic engine for the 44th Ward. While I support job growth and development within our ward, I was elected to represent the residents and to ensure the overall well-being of the Lakeview community.”
Before agreeing to an expansion of Wrigley that would make use of amusement tax dollars, Tunney lists several priorities he would like to see addressed:
- A ten-year extension of the Neighborhood Protection ordinance that would include a set number of night games and concerts held annually at Wrigley Field;
- A dedicated police detail unit for all Wrigley Field events, especially post game coverage;
- An improved Streetscape – lighting, sidewalks, identifiers and landscaping – on Clark Street to enhance commercial activity and on Sheffield Avenue to preserve the residential district;
- A commitment to restore the CTA Sheridan Red Line El Station;
- A limit on street closures of Sheffield or Waveland Avenues for any Cubs related events;
- An updated planned development for the proposed Triangle building and plaza on Clark Street north of Addison. This development should include space for public and community events like farmer’s markets and ice skating;
- A long-term agreement between the Chicago Cubs and their rooftop partners concerning advertising inside and outside of Wrigley Field that has the approval of the Landmarks Commission, the City and our community.