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Lawson Software inks long term lease to remain in downtown St. Paul

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Lawson Software has renewed its lease in downtown St. Paul through 2022.

The Pioneer Press reports that the long term deal is reassurance that the city will keep one of its larger employers. In January, Infor, the New York based parent company for Lawson, indicated it wanted a smaller space for its 650 St. Paul employees because more of them work remotely now. The company suggested that it would need about half the space it was leasing in the 13-story Lawson Commons building.

But under the new agreement, the company will maintain most of its space. The Pioneer Press obtained an internal company notice saying Infor will return floors 10 through 13 of Lawson Commons to the building's landlord over the next two years.

St. Paul financed construction of Lawson Commons in 1997. The newspaper writes that the building became a commerce magnet of sorts for downtown.

Downtown suffered a blow in March when Macy's closed. City boosters say the announcement from Infor is one of several pieces of good news for the downtown area, including construction of the Penfield apartment building and plans for a Saints baseball stadium in Lowertown.

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