Wrigleyville Neighbors Sound Off on Stadium Plans

Residents get opportunity to speak out before crucial Thursday meeting

By Emily Florez
|  Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014  |  Updated 9:57 AM CDT
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Lake View residents gathered at a community meeting Monday night to voice their concerns about the proposed Wrigley Field renovations.

For months, the debate has centered on the Chicago Cubs versus the rooftop owners who have threatened to sue over plans for new signage that would block their views.

The Cubs have decided to go back to their original plan, which includes seven outfield signs, but the rooftop owners last week pledged not to pursue legal action if the Cubs stuck to a plan that called for two outfield signs.

"Even with two signs there was a threat of litigation, so we decided at the end of the day if we were going to get sued over two signs," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. "Why not go forward with original plan of seven signs that will put more revenue back into the team and the ballpark?"

Some residents say they are worried about potential lighting issues, new sound problems, and the content of the seven signs the Cubs want to pass.

"There's still no certainty, no definition, no commitments," said nearby resident Terie Kata said. "The lighting and the sounds from the signage, they have refused to commit to any kinds of restrictions."

But the Cubs say they've been good stewards of Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood.

"As a result of the planned expansion last year, we've put more security personnel on the street, we have offered 1,000 free parking spots, which is unheard of in professional sports, we've also bought and purchased more street lights on Clark to help alleviate traffic and congestion," Green said. "This is America, not everyone is happy. No matter what changes we make, someone is not going to be happy."

The Cubs will make their pitch to the Chicago Landmark Commission on Thursday. If the majority votes yes, renovations will begin immediately.

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