Cranston mayor weighs in on possible Citizens Bank move

Citizens Bank considers building another corporate office in RI, while keeping HQ in Providence, pictured above.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Citizens Bank is in talks to build another corporate campus in Rhode Island, while remaining headquartered in Providence.

Local leaders are speaking out about the potential impact this could have on Cranston and Providence, two of the state’s biggest cities.

After announcing that Citizens Bank is actively weighing whether to move about 4,000 of its workers from its facility in Cranston, to a newly built corporate campus on vacant land elsewhere in Rhode Island, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung responded saying, “We’re going to make sure that we sit down with them, provide them with all of the options that are available in Cranston.”

Mayor Fung says it’s important that the bank stays where it is.

“A lot of the employees call Cranston home. They sit in the heart of the crossroad right in that central corridor that not only become a central corridor for Cranston but a central corridor for the state.” Says Fung.

Former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino has pushed Citizens to consider moving into the vacant land across from the Superman Building, to potentially create a sky bridge between the two.

Paolino argues that having an “urban corporate campus” would be ideal for Citizens and the state.

Both Fung and Paolino say they are grateful the bank is staying in Rhode Island. Bank representatives have not said when they will decide to move.

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