Superman Building Competing For State Office Space Contract

Jun 20, 2013

The owner of the vacant Industrial Trust Building -- aka the Superman Building -- submitted a bid in response to a state RFP for 70,000 to 80,000 square feet of office space.

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.

The status of the RFP was not immediately known. The office space in question would be for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Governor Lincoln Chafee last year floated the idea of moving state workers into the iconic downtown building.

Fischer says that if the Superman Building is picked for the state contract, it will require renovation and "some level of state and municipal support." He declined to specify a dollar amount for that support.

The Superman Building has a total of 380,000 square feet. Fischer says that means other uses would have to be cobbled together if the building is chosen for state office space.

In May, High Rock unveiled a pitch for millions in state and municipal aid. That concept went over poorly in the post-38 Studios atmosphere.

This post has been updated.