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CHICAGO -- The Cubs are waiting for the city of Chicago Landmarks Commission to set a date to review the revised Wrigley Field renovation plans, with hopes they can break ground on the project this summer.

City officials were caught off guard when the Cubs announced last week they wanted to double the size of the outfield doors and move the bullpen under the bleachers. In the latest proposal, the doors would stay the same size.

"We basically shared that we're willing to take those elements off the table if that was causing the Landmarks Commission grief," said Cubs vice president of communications and community affairs Julian Green. "We're continuing to talk to the Landmarks Commission in hopes to move forward with the process.

"If the Landmarks Commission finds that, as we believe, the revised bleacher expansion meets with the landmark criteria, then we'll move forward and we're prepared to start construction," Green said.

There is no date set for when the Cubs would begin the $575 million project. Green said the Ricketts family, which is privately financing the renovation, wants approval from the city before construction begins.

The bullpens at Wrigley Field are currently along each side of the field in foul ground near the outfield lines. They would be moved under the bleachers in the latest proposal, and the Cubs wanted wider doors in the outfield walls so players would have a better view of the field while in the bullpen.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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