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Old Posted Oct 12, 2009, 11:07 PM
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/181...wrig12.article

Wrigley hotel done shrinking
BY FRAN SPIELMAN


Developers of a hotel, retail and residential complex across the street from Wrigley Field are apparently done compromising with area residents concerned about game-day congestion.

...The five-story triangle building promised to Wrigleyville residents in exchange for a bleacher expansion was supposed to house a 400-space garage, upscale restaurants, retail stores and rooftop garden and below-ground batting cages, pitching mounds and player workout facilities.

The $100 million building has since been redesigned to include more retail and office space at the expense of parking, with a stadium club replacing the rooftop garden. A smaller garage could be built on less-valuable land away from Wrigley.

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The new triangle building sounds exciting now that they seem to have eliminated a substantial (all?) amount of parking.
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Old Posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:57 PM
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This article actually talks about both the triangle building next to Wrigley and the hotel south of it. I'd really like to see both of them go through, it would do wonders in making the area seem much less desolate and much more pedestrian friendly.

I actually kinda like the design in the above picture, which one of the two buildings is it? Its the hotel to the south right? That crappy little sports store that refused to sell is on the left right?
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Good! I liked the old Bud ad, but I absolutely hate looking at that Casino ad. Now just bring back TORCO and we're set!
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 7:09 AM
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fenway anyone???

oh well, wrigley couldn't stay billboardless for too much longer, right?

and yeah, last season was one of the stranger seasons at wrigley looking at HORSESHOE and not a big red BUDWEISER roof... perhaps if the new ad is bud, then things will seem more visually normal out in left center...

plus it'll give Z a new target in bp!!

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So the owner of the house got greedy and now it's going to cost him his advertising with Horseshoe... I love it!
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Shouldn't this thread be renamed New Ownership and Refurbishment?
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Good, they are a model of efficancy. Keep enough TP, soap, and running water and I'm set.
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Short term I think it's right to assume McDonalds will maintain their site as a drive through and part time parking lot.

But it's such an easy site to redevelop if they ever want a new space/more consistent year round revenue.

Build a new store on the corner with rental above, demolish the existing building once it's done, then you have a large lot for development into whatever monolithic project you like. Much easier than the land aquisition ballet of the proposed hotel south of the stadium.
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i'd be funny to have a brand new, fully upgraded restroom with a brand new set of troughs...


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That would be an improvement.
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i'd be funny to have a brand new, fully upgraded restroom with a brand new set of troughs...


Mmhmm, thems look fancy 'nuff fer Wrigley bathrooms
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Good, they are a model of efficancy. Keep enough TP, soap, and running water and I'm set.
They really are. Just go to Soldier Field and United Center to see how NOT to design a stadium restroom.
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhal...n17web.article

Big billboard in left field at Wrigley?
Tunney questions request for 75-foot illuminated sign

March 17, 2010
BY FRAN SPIELMAN


...The Cubs filed a permit application this week for a "projecting, illuminated" billboard rising high above the left-field bleachers that has the potential to rake in big bucks from advertisers at the expense of offending purists.

But, there's a problem. The 75 foot high, 360 square foot billboard has raised the eyebrows of local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). And it may not pass muster with the Commission on Historical Landmarks, which must decide whether new signage conforms with Wrigley's landmark designation.
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At least one positive aspect of the renovations is that they're taking out those ugly concrete panels:

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/...son-rehab-work

nomarandlee also posted this bit of news on the triangle building on SSC:

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http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseb...-cub12.article
From Wrigley to Mesa, Ricketts family has game plan
March 12, 2010
BY TONI GINNETTI


• A $100 million multipurpose baseball-use, office, retail, hotel and restaurant structure adjacent to Wrigley providing not only new training needs for the players but an anticipated lucrative new revenue stream. The potential six-story structure, which already is drawing partner interest from at least three hotel chains and businesses, would include a top-story stadium club and outdoor seating and would be connected by walkways to the park. Work could begin by the end of this season, with a targeted opening in 2014 to coincide with the team's 100th anniversary in the park.
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At least one positive aspect of the renovations is that they're taking out those ugly concrete panels:

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/...son-rehab-work
But they're just being replaced with more chain link fence, spray-painted green...
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But they're just being replaced with more chain link fence, spray-painted green...
still an improvement.
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still an improvement.
also more like the original exterior treatment if my memory of historic photos serves me well.

If i was in Chicago right now, I'd post a photo, but I'm not so I can't.

Still hope to see at least one game there this season. Hopefully without a gaudy red light Toyota sign. Although I like it more than the Horseshoe ad.
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What's up the huge new banners all over the exterior? I hope it's temporary. They're very distracting...
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