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Chicago Zoning Committee Recommends Approval Of Wrigley Field Plans For Wall, Arch

Cubs execs will be able to sell ads on the arch if the plan passes full council approval
The Chicago City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday "recommended approval" of the Cubs' plan to push back the right field wall at Wrigley Field and build an arch with advertising on it over Clark Street, moving team Owner the Ricketts family's $500M renovation effort "a step closer to reality," according to John Byrne of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The Wrigley proposal "next heads back to the full City Council for consideration." Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney said, "This is going to be transformational for the city." Byrne notes along with the arch, the amended plan "allows the Cubs to push back the right field wall an additional 10 feet so a deck in the bleachers can be expanded." Aldermen on Thursday also approved an ordinance pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel "clarifying that the team will be exempt from certain sections of the city code that otherwise could have prohibited them from putting up many advertisements in and around Wrigley" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/6). In Chicago, Fran Spielman reports the Cubs are offering "free parking in team lots on non-game days to residents whose street spaces will be lost" as a result of the wall being pushed back (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/6).
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