NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — General Electric is seeking permission to tear down a former light-bulb part factory in Providence.

The Providence Journal reports the city has advised the Providence Historic District Commission to approve demolition of the complex in Olneyville.

GE says it has spent more than $2 million since 2009 to maintain and secure the 237,000-square feet of buildings on Atwells Avenue.

The company manufactured the base portion of household light bulbs as well as parts for automotive lights and other specialty lamps. It closed in the 1990s.

At its peak, the complex, parts of which date back to the early 1900s, employed 500 people.


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