Lights Out On Rhode Island’s ‘Superman Building’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The lights on the exterior of Rhode Island’s tallest building have been turned off, and it’s not clear when they’ll be turned back on.

The vacant 26-story Art Deco-style skyscraper is known to some as the “Superman building” for its similarity to the Daily Planet headquarters in the old TV show.

Bill Fischer, a spokesman for the building’s owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, says the blue beacon that shines from the top will continue to be turned on every night, but the floodlights that illuminate its distinctive exterior were turned off on Tuesday.

The building lost tenant Bank of America in April. High Rock pushed for $39 million in state support to help it convert the building into apartments. That idea was rejected by lawmakers.

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