RI Officials Push for Redevelopment of Superman Building

Business and community leaders and elected officials are holding a news conference to push for the redevelopment of Rhode Island's tallest building, which has been vacant for more than three years.

Among those speaking at Thursday's news conference inside the skyscraper known locally as the Superman building will be Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, a labor leader and the president of the Rhode Island Foundation.

The 1920s building was purchased by High Rock Development in 2008 and was used as a bank until Bank of America moved out in April 2013.

High Rock officials say the building needs extensive repairs and renovations.

The company proposed converting it into apartments in 2013 with $39 million in state support, but the proposal died.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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