Superman building goes dark in April

Downtown Providence is about to get a bit darker.

The lights on the iconic "Superman" building will be shut off after the current tenant moves out at the end of April.

William Fischer, spokesman for building owner High Rock Development of Massachusetts, says, "The prospect of the building being darkened is certainly not something we want to see. It's almost a sad day for the city."

When Bank of America moves out of the building, Fischer says it will cost 2 million dollars to maintain the empty building, so the lights will be turned off to save money.

High Rock is hoping to turn the 1920s structure into apartments.

The company is seeking millions of dollars in historic tax credits to do so.

Fischer says, "It's going to take an enormous amount of investment to restore it to make it vibrant. We believe Providence is in desperate need of downtown rental units."

The company will release its findings on renovating the building in a few weeks.

The "Superman" building got its nickname for its resemblance to the Daily Planet newspaper building from Superman.