(CBS) Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw cold water on the Chicago Cubs’ request to begin working on Wrigley Field renovations around the clock, after cold winter weather significantly delayed construction of new bleachers.
Cubs officials on Monday said they would ask the city to allow construction at Wrigley 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they finish the renovations, to make up for multiple weather delays during the offseason.
Emanuel shot down that request on Tuesday, noting city ordinance allows construction work only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“You know the city ordinance is clear that you cannot have 24-hour building. That’s number one. Number two, they haven’t even proposed anything. The only people they proposed it is through the newspaper. There’s nothing in it, the city, so I have nothing to respond to,” he said.
The mayor said he also wants to talk to Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), who represents Wrigleyville. Emanuel said he remains committed to his desire to see a healthy Wrigley Field, but also a healthy Wrigleyville.
“The ordinance on the city is pretty clear. It’s not pretty clear. It’s absolutely clear as it comes to 24-hour construction,” he said before walking away from reporters.