Prime Group Realty Trust has used Merrill Lynch in the past,including last year when it weighed an offer from former chairmanMichael W. Reschke and Montreal-based Cadim inc.

The REIT has been exploring "strategic alternatives" for nearlythree years, and most recently sold off a nine-building suburbanoffice portfolio for $131 million. Meanwhile, the first tenants atthe $355-million Dearborn Center it is co-developing with TheBeitler Co., including Bank One, begin paying rent in 2003.

Shares of Prime Group Realty Trust common stock have traded foras high as $10.13 per share in the past year, but closed Wednesdayat $4.61.

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