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8:40 am
Tue February 11, 2014

New Life For The 'Superman' Building?

The 'Superman building' in downtown Providence has sat vacant since last April.
Credit RIPR FILE

There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.  But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.

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.

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The Bottom Line
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Success Stories in Rhode Island

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.

This week Dave and Mark discuss the opening of the Arcade in downtown Providence and its significance for redevelopment of the downtown. They also analyze the record quarterly earnings of Washington Trust Bank, looking at how it happened and whether this is a model for other banks.

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RI News
8:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life

The 1828 building the Providence Arcade now house 17 locally owned RI shops and restaurants.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.

Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.

A bike shop, a jewelry store, and a café and bar were among the first wave of new stores to open in the newly renovated Arcade.

In all, eleven of the seventeen shops to be housed in the historic mall were ready for business during the first phase of its re-opening.

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RI News
1:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals

Eddie And Son Diner has been operating out of it's Dorrance St. location for the last 20 years. Before that it was located on Westminster, Pine and Broadway.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After more than 65 years in business, the iconic Providence eatery, Eddy and Son’s Diner is shutting its doors.

About a dozen customers sat scattered through the restaurant in the calm before the early lunch rush at Eddie and Son Diner in downtown Providence on their final day of business.

The restaurant has been serving affordable Italian and diner fare for the last 70 years, always taking only cash.

At the counter Connie Caputo, who runs the restaurant with her husband takes orders at the cash register.

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RI News
9:28 am
Mon July 29, 2013

City of Providence Unveils Ad-Campaign for Summer Tourists

Waterfire in Downtown Providence attracts thousands to the city each summer. Now the capital city is looking to attract crowds during the daylight.
Credit RIPR FILE

While most Rhode Islanders are out drinking up the joys of beach life this summer, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is trying to lure them back into the city in a series of television and radio ads that started running last week.

The ads highlight popular tourism spots in the capital city and try to allay people’s concerns about parking, saying:

“Whoever said there’s no parking in downtown Providence needs to come visit us. We have over 15,000 parking spaces. The city’s in bloom this summer with fabulous restaurants, concerts and more.”

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On Politics
12:17 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Restored Providence Arcade announces new tenants

The Arcade Providence is announcing a new round of retail tenants. The historic Arcade downtown has attracted Adirah, Kingston Crafts, ArchAngels, Luniac Glamour and Ntrendsic.

Adirah is a Providence gallery concentrating on authentic African art. ArchAngels Threading Studio restores brows that have been damaged by over-tweezing, bad waxing or threading by inexperienced threaders.

Kingston Crafts specializes in locally made and antique furniture restoration. The Arcade represents the firm’s first retail location.

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RI News
10:14 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Businesses Surge in Downtown Providence

The Providence Downtown Improvement District is out with its annual business guide and it shows a surge of new business for the city center area.

The guide shows 13 new restaurants and shops opened last year. Thirty-five new businesses have opened their doors in the past two years.  And this is just in the downtown area. It does not include College Hill, Federal Hill or other popular business districts.

Joelle Kanter of the Providence Downtown Improvement District said the new businesses run the gamut.

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RI News
7:08 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Superman Building Owner Pursues State Aid

Credit RIPR

The owner of the vacant Superman Building in downtown Providence wants to use $39 million in state money to convert it into for residential apartments.  It remains unclear whether the General Assembly is willing to support that kind of spending.

The Superman Building has been sitting empty ever since Bank of America left in early April. The property’s owner, High Rock Development of Massachusetts, wants to convert the art deco building into 278 rental apartments.

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RI News
6:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Kennedy Plaza May Soon Get New Look

Providence's Kennedy Plaza may undergo renovations.
Credit Natalie Jablonski/RIPR

A plan to fill Kennedy Plaza in Providence with a mix of pedestrian-friendly activities will be announced Thursday evening.

    

The effort to populate Kennedy Plaza with more people is being led by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. The group’s head, Cliff Wood, said it will take time and a mix of millions of dollars in public and private money to reach the goal. The vision is to fill Kennedy Plaza with a variety of uses, like transit, shopping, socializing, concerts, a beer garden and children’s programs.

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