Portman Proposes Tower on Historic Atlanta Midtown Site
Portman Holdings proposed developing as much as 700,000 square feet of office space, a 325-room hotel and a 350-unit residential tower in Atlanta’s Midtown. The Atlanta-based developer submitted plans to the state under its Development of Regional Impact program to add another tower to the Atlanta skyline.
The prized Midtown site, at 10th and Spring, houses the historic Spring Hill Mortuary. Portman plans to preserve the landmark exterior of the more than 90-year-old funeral home, as well as gardens. The nearly four-acre hilltop site overlooks Technology Square and is in an emerging market that’s becoming a draw for corporate HQs and larger occupiers.
Portman Holdings initially envisioned a larger project, though what ultimately gets approved and built could vary. Developers can submit proposals that encompass the maximum density for a site. The filing is a promising sign for the project, as Portman appears poised to move ahead with zoning and entitlement plans.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.