respect wrigleyWith baseball being played in sunny Arizona, it’s almost easy to forget that there’s a harried and massive renovation projection still ongoing back in Chicago with an eye toward having a great deal completed in just a little over three weeks.

Before we get to the latest visuals, though, a quick update on the renovation-related lawsuits. As you may recall, two rooftops in right field have sued the Cubs to block the erection of the video board there on a number of grounds, and, while they weren’t able to get a temporary restraining order, there will be a preliminary injunction hearing to block the signs in 10 days. At that hearing, the rooftops will be asking for the court to prohibit the Cubs’ outfield signage (presumably only in right field, where they are affected) until the case proceeds to trial, which could take some time. In support of their argument, they’ve recently submitted documentation indicating that they could lose upwards of $400,000 if the signage goes up to start the season (Tribune). Your reaction there should be like mine: if that’s the range of dollars we’re talking about for the start of the season, it’s very hard to see the signage being blocked prior to trial, because the rooftops can be made whole relatively easy with monetary damages (if it comes to that).



As you may also recall, there was a related lawsuit, filed previously against the city of Chicago for having approved the renovation in the first place. According to the Tribune’s Jared S. Hopkins, some of the rooftops in that suit were granted a voluntary dismissal (which makes you wonder if there was a settlement with those rooftops, or if the Ricketts are on the verge of purchasing them). Left in that suit, alone, are the two rooftops that are also suing the Cubs. That could mean that those are the only two rooftops that now have any dispute left with respect to the renovation. That would be excellent progress. (But, keep in mind, it’s also possible that the rooftops exited the city lawsuit for other reasons, and are still leaving open the possibility of suing the Cubs. We won’t know for sure until/unless a purchase announcement is made, or until/unless the signage goes up and nobody freaks out.)





All right, enough of that. On to the renovation visuals:




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