Although we are still waiting out the ramifications of the rooftops/City lawsuit, the Chicago Cubs and the City really do appear to be proceeding with the renovation precursors in advance of the offseason.
To wit, having prepared Waveland and Sheffield Avenues for work that necessarily must precede the plan to bump out the outfield walls at Wrigley, among other things, the Cubs and the City are starting work on those streets today.
A helpful BN’er passes on the message the Cubs just sent out to folks in the area, and here’s the substantive piece:
Today, crews will begin relocating underground public works and utility infrastructure in preparation for the renovation and expansion of Wrigley Field.
The City of Chicago Department of Water Management, Peoples Gas and Commonwealth Edison will be performing work to relocate underground water, sewer and gas lines. This work will take place under the street and the parkway on the east side of Sheffield Avenue.
Sheffield Avenue will be completely closed from Thursday (8/28) through Sunday (8/31) for excavation and installation of a new main and service to the residences and businesses. Beginning Tuesday, September 2, the parkway and east lane of traffic will be closed from 8 am until two hours prior to the start of each Wrigley Field event. CDOT will allow work to proceed on game days but all work, equipment and personnel will be off site a minimum of two hours prior to the start of each Wrigley Field event.
These, of course, are good signs for the prospect of a full-speed-ahead when the season ends. I’m going to wait until the Cubs break ground on the plaza/clubhouse to the west of the park and start working on the outfield walls before doing some kind of GIF dance party, but I do like tangible signs of progress. This is that.