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City council unanimously approves plan

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is closer to landmark status after
a Chicago City Council committee unanimously approved a plan that
would declare the ballpark a landmark but still allow some changes.

The stadium opened in April 1914.

The Committee on Historical Landmarks and Preservation
recommended Tuesday that the council approve the ordinance, but
with provisions that would allow the Chicago Cubs to build about
200 new box seats and make other possible alterations.

The council is expected to take up the issue on Feb. 11.

Cubs spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo said the team would not
comment.

Alderman Thomas Tunney, whose ward includes Wrigley, said the
team doesn't plan to block the proposal.

The Cubs are not wholeheartedly in support of the ordinance, but
"they are not opposing it," Tunney said.

Preservation groups said they were happy with the committee's
compromise recommendation.

"We have found that what the Cubs were proposing in terms of
expansion was reasonable and did not necessarily affect the
historic fabric and structure" of the ballpark, said David
Bahlman, president of the Landmarks Preservation Council of
Illinois.

The Cubs and the city have been negotiating for nearly three
years on the landmark designation.