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  • Chicago reaches out to rooftop owners near Wrigley

  • CHICAGO — The Cubs met with Wrigley Field rooftop owners and neighbors Wednesday to show their plans for the $300 million ballpark renovation.
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  • CHICAGO — The Cubs met with Wrigley Field rooftop owners and neighbors Wednesday to show their plans for the $300 million ballpark renovation.
    Rooftop owner Beth Murphy said the Cubs were successful in persuading many that they aren't out to block the views of all the rooftop owners.
    Is there a thaw in the feud between the Cubs and the rooftop owners?
    "We're at a point where we're just going to have to work out the details (of the plan)," Murphy said. "I no longer believe the Cubs want to block us. I wasn't sure before, but I no longer believe that. I truly am optimistic they want to work this out."
    Murphy said the owners had a meeting with Cubs business president Crane Kenney on Wednesday.
    "The meeting with Crane was just surprising," she said. "It was great."
    Murphy had been upset by a remark from Cubs spokesman Julian Green, who clarified Chairman Tom Ricketts' threat to move by saying the team would consider leaving only if the rooftop owners sued.
    "That was an unfortunate comment because I was trying not to say anything (about suing)," she said. "I know (the media) wanted me to say, 'I'll see you in court.' But that's not where we are."
    Murphy said the two sides are closer after the meeting with Kenney. The Cubs will install mock-ups of the proposed signage and video board for the rooftop owners to gauge how much of their view will be obstructed, just as they did during the bleacher expansion and the installation of the Toyota sign in left field.
    The Cubs would like to block the view of the Miller Lite beer sign on the Sheffield Ave. building behind the right-field bleachers, which advertises a competitor of one of the team's biggest corporate partners. But the building signage is grandfathered in and the Cubs have no say over it.
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