City of Chicago denies Cubs' request for extended construction at Wrigley
The City of Chicago has denied a request from the Chicago Cubs to allow extended work hours on the Wrigley Field construction project delayed in recent weeks by weather, according to a report from Crain's Chicago Business.
On Monday, team officials broached the idea of continuing work on the project 24 hours a day, in order to catch up to the construction timetable. On Tuesday, that idea was squelched by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel a little more than a month before Emanuel will face a mayoral runoff election.
[daily_cut.mlb]In response to that denial, the team requested that the city allow them to extend daily construction hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., instead of the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. standard mandated by the city.
Chicago's Department of Buildings denied that request as well, saying that the request and the project did not qualify for any exception to the city's codes. "City ordinance is clear," said Mimi Simon, the Department of Buildings' director of public affairs. "[The] request made by the Cubs for any type of expanded hours is not allowed under City code."
The Chicago City Council is also able to approve an extension, but has not weighed in on the matter.
Officials with the team announced on Monday that the stadium's first phase of construction is on track for completion by the Cubs' April 5 season-opening night game. However, recent problems with the weather had helped delay construction on the bleachers in Wrigley's left and right fields.
Earlier this year, the team reported that the left-field bleachers would not be completed until May 11, and the right-field stands would be finished at the end of that month. Crane Kenney, the Cubs' president of business operations, said on Monday that the bleachers in right-field now might not be completed until the beginning of June.