ATLANTA-Wood Partners and New York developer Donald J. Trump continue to be in preliminary discussions on a proposed luxury residential condominium community combined with a commercial hotel. The project would be the tallest structure in the city and possibly the Southeast, area hotel and office development sources familiar with the project tell

All representatives of the parties involved deny the venture is going forward even though the players have talked about the project for at least two years, knowledgeable Midtown sources tell “We are planning a project in Atlanta, but I cannot say when [it will be built] and where at this time. I can say the announcement is imminent,” Ivanka Trump tells “I am not comfortable disclosing details of the project at this time.”

However, a little-publicized land acquisition by Wood Partners in March is fueling new speculation on the Trump-Wood enterprise, sources tell At that time, Wood bought a 2.48-acre parking lot from Aeroswed Corp. and the 3216 Piedmont LLC at 1252 W. Peachtree St. for $21.25 million. The speculated Trump-Wood project would be built on that site which is across from the Arts Center Marta station, between Spring and West Peachtree streets in Midtown. The 15th Street development site is behind the Woodruff Arts Center and High Museum of Art and just across Interstate 85/75 from Atlantic Station.

The parking lot price equates to $8.57 million per acre or $196.70 per sf, the highest per-acre price recorded in metro Atlanta, according to research. The previous high was the $5.89 million per acre Atlanta developer John A. Williams paid local developer David Songy and his Songy Partners in August 2004, as previously reported.

A pending $6-million per-acre deal for two Midtown acres by Birmingham, AL-based Daniel Corp. and locally based Selig Enterprises next to the Federal Reserve building would be the second-highest per-acre transaction on record, according to research.

The rumored Trump-Wood Midtown project could rise to 56 stories, topping the tallest commercial building in the Southeast, the 55-story, 1,023-foot high Bank of America Plaza. In Downtown Tampa, the under-construction 52-story Trump Tower Tampa will be the tallest building in the Tampa Bay market and also in all of Central and North Florida when it is completed in 2007 or early 2008.

Asked by if the project would be the tallest structure in Downtown Atlanta and possibly the Southeast, Ivanka Trump says: “I knew you would ask that question because Trump Organization has a tendency to build the tallest projects in almost every city it enters. However, I cannot tell you at this time if that will be the case in Atlanta.”

Construction sources who have noted the progress of Trump Tower Tampa tell the Midtown project would have a hard construction cost comparable to at least the Tampa venture. That undertaking is going up at a development cost of $260 million or about $1.3 million per condo home, as previously reported. The Trump-Wood project is expected to cost at least $300 million.

The rumored timeframe for the completion of the Trump-Wood condo-hotel project is 2010. That would mean the venture would have to break ground no later than 2007, area general contractors who have worked on comparable projects tell The proposed venture would have at least 300 condominium homes with a speculated selling price range of $1 million to $7 million per home, according to Atlanta condominium marketers familiar with Trump’s completed projects in other markets.

Wood Partners’ associates in the Trump project are rumored to be Michael Dezer and his son Gil who joint ventured with Trump in 2002 on the $600-million, 972-unit Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residences in Miami Beach, as reported Feb. 2, 2002. Dezer Development Co. is based in Sunny Isles Beach, a northern extension of Miami Beach.

Atlanta developer Marty Kennedy, founder of Kennedy Capital Group, is also rumored to be a partner or advisor in the Trump-Wood enterprise, Midtown real estate investment sources tell Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., and daughter Ivanka are other members of the Trump Organization participating in preliminary discussions on the condo-hotel project, according to sources.

Besides Trump Tower Tampa, a similar venture called Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans, is also planned for the Louisiana city at an undetermined date, as reported in August 2005.

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