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St. Paul mayor wants upscale office building to replace Macy's

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has ruled out any public subsides to attract new retailers to replace the soon-to-be empty Macy's department store in downtown, the Pioneer Press reports.

Coleman told Minnesota Public Radio, "If you're asking me today what my ideal vision for it would be, is a class A office space that would have on the first floor or the second floor, not necessarily retail, but something that would capitalize on the restaurants and the bars and the music scene that's been so successful."

Ohio-based Macy's confirmed earlier this month that it was closing the retail landmark this spring. The announcement came just days after the terms of a $6.3 million forgivable loan, which Coleman supported a decade ago, allowed the company to leave St. Paul without penalty.

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