Details of the new long-term lease were not disclosed, thoughthe current asking rent at the 18-year-old skyscraper is listed at$19 per square foot. Bank of America Plaza, the tallest officestructure in the Southeast, has nearly 1.3 million square feet atthe corner of North Avenue and Peachtree Street, and is at least80% occupied.

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It is unclear how much space Bank of America will now occupy inthe building, including regional offices and a full-service branch.Published reports stated that the bank had been seeking 150,000 to300,000 square feet locally last year in the Midtown and Buckheadsubmarkets.

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"This is more than a building," Bank of America state presidentGeri Thomas stated in a release. "It is an historic iconrepresenting the bank's leadership in providing world-classfacilities for our associates, customers and clients."

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Los Angeles-based BentleyForbes owns Bank of America Plaza,acquiring the asset in 2006 for $436 million or nearly $350 persquare foot. "We are committed to maintaining Bank of America Plazaas Atlanta's premier class A office address," said C. FrederickWehba II, BentleyForbes chief executive.

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John Shlesinger and John Dolan of CB Richard Ellis negotiatedthe new lease on behalf of Bank of America. Lisa Dunavin of Cushman& represented BentleyForbes.

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