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Ackerberg likely to develop St. Paul police training facility

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Downtown St. Paul’s former police training facility, also known as the Public Safety Annex, will likely be redeveloped by Minneapolis-based Ackerberg Group.

In a statement, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said a staff recommendation will soon be sent to the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority to award tentative developer status to Ackerberg. The company submitted a proposal to turn the building into office space with retail on the first floor. It will also make a capital investment in the adjacent Pedro Park.

“This is an incredible opportunity to preserve a building with a rich history and build out vibrant green space, while also attracting hundreds of new jobs,” Coleman said.

The annex, which is near the corner of Robert and 10th streets, will be empty after St. Paul police move out by the end of the year.

Stinson Leonard Street moves to Fifty South Sixth

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One of the Twin Cities’ largest law firms has moved into a new space in downtown Minneapolis.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP opened its new offices Monday relocating nearly 320 attorneys and staff members from the Fifth Street Towers to the Fifty South Sixth building on Nicollet Mall.

"Today is a significant day for both the history and future of our law firm," said Mark Hinderks, Stinson's managing partner, in a statement. "Our Minneapolis office is staying downtown, where it's been for 95 years, and it is a superb example of beautiful, intelligent design. The upgrades we have made in construction, technology and footprint flexibility will translate to an energizing, more collaborative work environment and even better client service."

The law firm signed a 16-year lease for about 108,000 square feet of space on floors 22, 24, 25 and 26. The new office includes a conference center and employee café among other features.

Stinson had been a long-term tenant of the Fifth Street Towers, which last week had its grand opening after a multimillion-dollar renovation. The 29-story Fifty South Sixth tower also was recently renovated. Stinson has reduced its footprint by about 22,000 square feet, a continuing trend for law firms and other traditional office tenants that are looking for greater efficiencies in consolidated space.

Gensler Minneapolis led the design of the new space with Gardner Builders leading the construction. Minneapolis real estate brokerage NTH represented Stinson in the leasing.