Thomas Romano Sr., who owns three apartment buildings immediately west of the hotel site bound by Addison, Clark and Patterson streets, sued in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the City Council Zoning Committee's approval of the project improperly amended the site's current zoning status and that the development will cause the value of the surrounding property to decrease. Mr. Romano, who testified along with other residents against the project at the July 23 City Council Zoning Committee hearing at which it was approved, alleges that the city had no legal authority to approve the project because the planned development status on the site expired two years ago and also alleges that the approval was "arbitrary and capricious."
I'm not a lawyer -- those of you who are can read the entire complaint at the chicagobusiness.com link posted above -- but even if this complaint is eventually thrown out, it seems to me that a judge could issue an injunction that would delay this part of the project... which hasn't even been started.
I reached out to the Cubs for some comment on this but have not heard anything in response yet. If I do, I'll post it here.