Mayor Encourages Cubs and Rooftops to Continue Negotiations

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today offered the latest tea leaves to read in the ongoing saga over possible renovations to Wrigley Field, saying he encouraged the Chicago Cubs and owners of rooftop buildings to continue to negotiate on a deal that would avoid a court battle.

Emanuel, however, stopped short of saying the Cubs should go back to their original renovation plan that only would add one video board and one script advertising sign. Last week, some of the rooftop owners said they would agree not to sue the Cubs for blocking views of the ballpark if the team went back to that original $300 million renovation plan that passed through the City Council in December.

“They should always have an open door policy, both sides, to negotiate,” Emanuel said, “and I would encourage them to continue to do that.”

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