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Jax Daily Record Friday, Mar. 13, 202005:10 AM EST

Arlington FBI building targeted for 118 apartments

Sanford owner wants to create one- and two-bedroom units and resident amenities along the expressway.

If walls could talk.

A developer filed plans to convert the former Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Arlington into 118 apartments.

The FBI leased the six-story, 94,000-square-foot building for the Jacksonville field office until the bureau moved in 2009 to a government-owned structure at 6061 Gate Parkway.

Developers built the 7820 Arlington Expressway building in 1975. It sat largely vacant since the FBI relocated.

The city calculated no mobility fee for converting the structure into 70 one-bedroom and 48 two-bedroom units. Plans show a gym, recreation areas, amenities and a courtyard area.

The city credited the mobility count to the prior use as a government office building. 

Documents show Marc Kozman of Kozman Realty Inc. in Sanford as the property owner. Joe Loretta of Halff Associates is the agent.

Kozman has not responded to requests for comment.

Work began about year-end. The city approved interior demolition of the building in November. 

The permit allowed All American Debris & Wrecking LLC to gut the interior and remove some of the exterior elements at a cost of $275,000. The permit listed the proposed use as storage.

Kozman Realty Inc. paid $1.2 million for the vacant building, according to a deed executed Sept. 26. Kozman provided an address in Canada.

Kozman soon sought the demolition permit.

Miami-based Bnei Zipora Inc. sold the property to Kozman Realty, which is led by Kozman and Barthina Kozman.

A quitclaim deed shows the Miami group acquired the 4.8-acre property in 2017 for $250,000.

The commercial real estate site said the Class C office building has been vandalized and without power. Some windows are shattered.

The real estate website said the building could be useful to “a savvy value-add investor” who would recognize it has a better use or could be held for development.

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