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What should be done with the Industrial Trust Tower, also known as the ‘Superman’ Building?

Posted 12/1/13

Recently the Industrial Trust Tower, or “Superman Building,” was named to the top spot of a list of “zombie towers” in mid-size U.S. cities by Gizmodo.

The former headquarters of Bank of America’s operations in the state has been empty since the Charlotte, N.C.-based financial services giant consolidated its offices in other Ocean State facilities in April.

Gizmodo posited in the article accompanying the list that “tall buildings are economic bellwethers,” meaning that the tower could be seen symbolizing the state’s economic problems.

If so, how important should it be to redevelop the 26-story building, and at what cost? Should it be a top economic priority for the state?

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connie_kelectric@verizon.net

One of the first marketing strategies should be to drop the ridiculous "Superman" building name. It is demeaning to the stature of the building. Additionally, the building itself is in need of extensive electrical, hvac etc. repair/upgrade and the cost of these long overdo fixes must be considered before anny serious price tag can be placed on going forward.

I do not see where this should be a state priority at this time.

Constance Kirk

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randernyc@gmail.com

Redevelop the building for mixed-use for incubator companies on the lower floors and moderate and market rate apartments on the higher floors; might also lease out blocks of rooms to JW, RISD and Brown.

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richard@langseth.com

Current owner takes federal monies and builds low to moderate income housing. This is not a good use of 111 Westminster. Remember what happened in St. Louis etc. when high rise buildings were used for this purpose. Not a good idea.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | Report this
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