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Ald. Tunney Demands Changes To Wrigley Renovation Plan

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New signage for right field at Wrigley Field. (Credit: Chicago Cubs)

New signage for right field at Wrigley Field. (Credit: Chicago Cubs)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Alderman Tom Tunney is demanding several changes to the $500 million Wrigley Field renovation plan, according to a report in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Tunney wants a significant decrease in the size of the video screen from 6,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet as well shrinking an advertising board in right field from 1,000 square feet to 650 square feet. Tunney also wants to remove a pedestrian walkway over Clark Street from the renovation plan.

The demands were made in a letter to Chicago Cubs Executive Vice President Michael Lufrano ahead of a meeting Thursday with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will delay ruling on the outfield signs, but will grant its approval of the Cubs’ plan to extent the right and left field walls outward, a new entrance and remodeled dugout.

Chicago Cubs VP of Communications Julian Green responded to Tunney’s letter, saying in a statement,”When we agreed with the City to move forward with the planned development process our plans included many of these elements to deliver the resources we need to fund the project and create additional revenue to put back into the team. Anything less hampers our ability to make a $500 million investment without public support.”

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