Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Here in Wrigleyville, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the framework for a renovation is a milestone, but there's a lot of baseball to play before we get to the finish line.
It does look like a Cubs win. The Cubs get a huge jumbotron and a lot more billboards, plus more night games and another concert. Even more beer sales.
The neighborhood gets more parking, traffic control and security.
Tax payers supposedly don't have to pay any direct subsidies, but the Cubs say they Want a few public items for free. Those include air rights for a bridge from the ballpark to a new hotel and use of one lane of Waveland ave to move the left field wall back. That supposedly helps a rooftop view.
The Cubs also want a property tax break for making improvements to a landmark, even though they want to limit the landmark status.
But, the Rooftops still get some of their views blocked and say nothing should happen without their consent. They haven't announced a lawsuit yet.
Up next, at least 3 rounds of approvals at City Hall that will be a full employment plan for the lawyers.
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