Wrigley deal? Close, but only a blueprint

April 9, 2013 3:34:08 PM PDT
The Chicago Cubs and City of Chicago are closer to reaching a deal after 11th hour negotiations -- but one issue is holding it up: rooftop concerns.

Sources close to the negotiations say they have reached a blueprint for the renovations, but the sticking points remain Wrigley Field advertising and a jumbotron that some rooftop owners say could block their views.

According to the sources, Ald. Tom Tunney removed a request for a parking garage on Grace Street from the table that the Cubs had already agreed to last week. Tunney said Wrigleyville neighbors objected to the garage because of congestion concerns.

The Cubs had hoped to have had a deal with the city by the home opener, but April 1 came and went. Now, sources say the Cubs have missed some ordering deadlines for steel that's needed for the structural renovations.

However, sources say the Cubs believe the city is "negotiating in good faith" and the team is not looking to use other cities or suburbs as leverage. At one point, Rosemont's mayor offered the Cubs a new home.


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