Grebien says demolishing Superman building for Hasbro HQ is unlikely

The former Industrial Trust tower at 111 Westminster St. in Providence has been vacant since 2013. (WJAR)

A report that the Superman building in downtown Providence will be demolished to make way for a new Hasbro headquarters is being dismissed by Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien.

He told NBC 10 News that he has been speaking with Hasbro about a possible move from their Newport Avenue headquarters for months.

"They’re looking to the Superman building or other areas, in my conversations with them, and some of them are private," he said Tuesday. "I think that’s just misleading right now."

Grebien said his understanding is the company does not want to locate into a skyscraper.

“They’re about creativity. They're about technology, and they’re about innovation, and everything will show you it’s more about a campus site -- you know, not building up, building out -- just like the forum they have,” the mayor said.

Julie Duffy, a spokeswoman for Hasbro, sent NBC 10 a statement.

“We are in the process of evaluating several options for contemporizing our corporate headquarters," according to the statement. "We are considering renovating our current building at 1027 Newport Avenue in Pawtucket, but we’re also exploring other alternatives, including finding a new corporate campus in the vicinity of our current headquarters.

We are committed to delivering a fully-updated, connected and flexible workspace for all of our employees, and want to find the right solution that minimizes the disruption to our teams and our business, and will ultimately create the best corporate headquarters for Hasbro into the future."

The website ran a rendering of the hypothetical tower that would replace 111 Westminster St., which is the nicknamed superman building. It suggested the project would be a joint venture between Joe Paolino and the Gilbane Company, neither of which currently owns the building.

No one from the building’s ownership would comment.

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