Wrigley rooftop owners drop lawsuit against city

A federal judge last week granted a request by owners of Wrigley rooftop businesses to withdraw their lawsuit against the city of Chicago and its Landmarks Commission, which sought to throw out the panel’s decision allowing the Cubs to install its outfield signs.

The businesses, Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, did not give any reason for their voluntary dismissal, according to court records. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve granted the request.

The complaint was filed in Cook County several weeks after the commission’s July decision before being moved to federal court. The suit originally brought by owners of eight rooftop businesses who feared that signs and large-scale video boards, part of the team’s $375 million renovation, would block their birds’-eye views into Wrigley Field. (An additional $200 million in upgrades to the surrounding area was not subject to landmark approval.)

The attorney for those eight businesses, Tom Moore, declined to comment this week about the dismissal.

The rooftop owners argued the Cubs should be stopped from putting up the signs because they would violate the 2004 landmark ordinance protecting Wrigley Field features, including “the unenclosed, open-air character, the exposed structural system and the generally uninterrupted ‘sweep’ and contour of the grandstand and bleachers.”

By last week, the plaintiffs had dwindled to two rooftop clubs, both controlled by commodities trader Edward McCarthy. The ones who dropped out include those located in buildings recently purchased by the Cubs-owning Ricketts family as well as others involved in an unrelated foreclosure lawsuit.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-rooftop-city-lawsuit-dismissed-20150421-story.html



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