Superman building http://ripr.org en The Bottom Line: The Message Pension Mediation Sends To Outside Businesses http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-message-pension-mediation-sends-outside-businesses <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:46:48 +0000 Dave Fallon 31912 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: The Message Pension Mediation Sends To Outside Businesses Financing Plan To Revitalize Superman Building May Soon Be Announced http://ripr.org/post/financing-plan-revitalize-superman-building-may-soon-be-announced <p>Supporters of turning the vacant Superman Building into apartment units say they may unveil a new financing plan as soon as next week.&nbsp; The General Assembly has been wary of offering a public subsidy to reuse the Superman Building in the aftermath of the collapse of video-game company 38 Studios. Supporters of the project say filling the Superman Building with tenants and other new uses would boost the economy in Providence.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:12:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 30040 at http://ripr.org Financing Plan To Revitalize Superman Building May Soon Be Announced New Life For The 'Superman' Building? http://ripr.org/post/new-life-superman-building <p>There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.&nbsp; But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The 26 story building, built in 1928 went dark in April of last year, when its tenants, Bank of America, moved out. The owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, proposed a plan to turn the office space into residences.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:40:38 +0000 John Bender 28957 at http://ripr.org New Life For The 'Superman' Building? The Bottom Line: Breathing Life Into the Providence Arcade http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-breathing-life-providence-arcade <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling The Bottom Line. Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:13:19 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 28810 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Breathing Life Into the Providence Arcade The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence http://ripr.org/post/wildlife-soars-above-downtown-providence <p></p><p>A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.</p><p>It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:40:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 25458 at http://ripr.org The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence "Superman" Building At The Center Of Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/superman-building-center-lawsuit <p>A court case beginning this week could impact the future of Rhode Island’s tallest building, known as the Superman Building.</p><p>The building’s new owner claims it was left in deplorable condition by longtime occupant Bank of America.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts developer High Rock, which owns the so-called Superman Building in Downtown Providence, is suing Bank of America for more than 23 million.</p><p>High Rock claims that the former tenant left the 26 story building so neglected that it is un-rentable without costly repairs.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:32:14 +0000 John Bender 24684 at http://ripr.org "Superman" Building At The Center Of Lawsuit Only the Beacon Will Glow Atop Providence’s Superman Building http://ripr.org/post/only-beacon-will-glow-atop-providence-s-superman-building <p>Starting this week, only the beacon atop the so called Superman building will be lit. Most of the other exterior lights will be dark, said Bill Fischer, spokesman for the building’s owner.</p><p></p><p>Bank of America was the only tenant and it left the building earlier this year. Fischer said keeping the beacon lit is sign that work is being done to bring the building back to life.</p><p>“You know, to maintain outside lighting on an empty building of approximately anywhere between $26,000 to $30,000 a year, is not a prudent expenditure of money,” said Fischer.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:34:28 +0000 Catherine Welch 18195 at http://ripr.org Only the Beacon Will Glow Atop Providence’s Superman Building Superman Building Competing For State Office Space Contract http://ripr.org/post/superman-building-competing-state-office-space-contract <p>The owner of the vacant Industrial Trust Building -- aka <a href="http://ripr.org/post/beacon-atop-superman-building-wont-go-out">the Superman Building</a> -- submitted a bid in response to a state RFP for 70,000 to 80,000 square feet of office space.</p><p>Bill Fischer, a spokesman for High Rock Development, says the bid was submitted in time for a June 3 deadline. "We wanted to keep any and all options open," Fischer says. "We did respond," even though High Rock continues to believe that a residential conversion offers the best future for the historic structure.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:50:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 17237 at http://ripr.org What to Do With Providence's Empty Dynamo House http://ripr.org/post/what-do-providences-empty-dynamo-house <div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">The Dynamo House, the century-old onetime Narragansett Electric power station, now sits as a forlorn reminder of what once thrived along Providence’s downtown waterfront.&nbsp; And as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay notes, it now stands as a guard to the old Jewelry District that state and city officials are trying to rebrand as a Knowledge District.</span></font></div><div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><p></p></div><div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:23:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 15507 at http://ripr.org What to Do With Providence's Empty Dynamo House The Bottom Line: What's Next for the Superman Building? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-whats-next-superman-building <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island executive director Scott Wolf. They discuss proposals for the Superman Building, the costs of such development, &nbsp;urban residential living and trends in downtown office buildings.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:11:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 14969 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What's Next for the Superman Building?