Just got an e-mail from the Cubs with an update on their restoration efforts. In short, not much (if anything) new here that hasn't already been discussed elsewhere. But it does include an extensive list of things Cubs are bringing to the table as a result of all the City Council and community discussions.
I know this can be a controversial topic and evoke strong opinions one way or another - I myself have on occasion ventured forth an adjective or two regarding a certain local Alderman. So certainly feel free to have at it in the comments if you so choose - I just thought it would be helpful to read what the Cubs are "officially" saying. Hopefully, having more attributable information leads to less inference, speculation and hyperbole. Yeah, and I'm going to win the $400M MegaMillions jackpot tonight too... :-)
Here's the update:
|Wrigley Field Restoration Update
Earlier this week, the Chicago City Council approved a number of measures relating to the restoration of Wrigley Field. Throughout 2013, we have engaged in a robust conversation with community leaders, elected officials and neighbors regarding this restoration. The creative and constructive dialogue resulted in a healthy dose of give and take on all sides.
We remain committed to our vision of being the best in the game, on and off the field, and have recommitted to help keep Wrigleyville an extraordinary and friendly place to live. Our community works best when we work together and we plan to continue our dialogue with residents, business owners and elected officials.
Commencement of this valuable investment in the team and our community will deliver increased neighborhood protection efforts and community investments in the areas around Wrigley Field. Following are highlights of the agreed upon neighborhood benefits, among others:
- A free remote parking lot with no-cost shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field to help reduce traffic in the neighborhood;
- $3.75 million in donations for community infrastructure and amenities, including street lighting on may of the residential streets in the neighborhood over the next 10 years;
- Approximately $500 million in investment to create jobs, improve our community appearance, enhance the neighborhood and upgrade undeveloped, underutilized and unattractive existing space.
- An open-air plaza outside the ballpark with ability to host an ice rink in the winter, farmers markets in the summer, movies, music and other community events.
- Free parking for residents of the immediate neighborhood in the Green and Blue lots on non-game days;
- Ten additional personnel in the community for two hours after the completion of weekday events and three hours after weekend events to work with Chicago Police;
- A hotel, in partnership with Starwood, to create approximately 175 rooms, a health club, retail and food and beverage options for fans and for the community throughout the year;
- A full-time Cubs associate dedicated to community and neighborhood efforts;
- New parking, including new spaces in the Cubs-owned parking lot on Eddy Street and below-ground spaces in the new hotel;
- A free bicycle parking check from May 1 through the conclusion of the baseball season;
- Offering Cubs employees and vendors public transportation discounts offered by the Chicago Transit Authority;
- New stoplights at Clark and School, Roscoe and Waveland;
- Continued litter and trash pick-up, including sweeping and trash basket emptying in a broad area adjacent to Wrigley Field;
- And an annual report on activities for neighborhood protections and improvement.
As you know, the restoration of Wrigley Field will also preserve its unique charm and historic traditions for future generations, while adding new clubhouse space, restoring aging concrete and steel, adding food choices and enhancing the fan experience. The project is expected to create 2,100 new jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the city, state and county. By creating new concessions, a new restaurant and other tourist attractions, the renovation will generate economic activity to boost the economy and businesses around the City during the economic life of the project.
We are grateful for all those who have helped us to date and believe the dialogue and discussion between the team and community is unique in all of sports. We will keep the lines of communication open and look forward to continuing to work together as we try to address the few remaining issues while moving the project forward.
Manager, Government & Neighborhood Relations
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