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Jax Daily Record Friday, Oct. 16, 202005:10 AM EST

Permits sought to turn old FBI building into apartments

Plans show an estimated $2.6 million construction cost for the 118-unit project.

Developers Marc Peter Kozman and Magdi Samuel applied for permits to convert the former FBI building in Arlington into a 118-unit apartment building with an amenity center and gym.

No contractor is listed for the estimated $2.6 million construction project at 7820 Arlington Expressway. It is in review as the Arlington Apartments.

Fisher Koppenhafer is the architect. Codes-ABC Inc. is representing the project through code compliance.

Plans show the six-story, 95,526-square-foot building will be converted into apartments and there will be a 6,745-square-foot amenity center.

Kozman, based near Toronto, said Sept. 18 his group is working through the selection of a general contractor and hopes to renovate the former FBI building into apartments “as soon as possible.”

“It’s an attractive market,” he said.

Previously filed plans show the building will be converted into 70 one-bedroom and 48 two-bedroom units. Plans show a gym, recreation areas, amenities and a courtyard.

Kozman Realty Inc. paid $1.2 million for the vacant building, according to a deed executed Sept. 26, 2019. It conveyed the property in July to a related group, Theotokos Holdings LLC. Samuel is a partner.

The city approved interior demolition in November. Kozman rezoned the property for apartment use.

The building was developed in 1975 on a 4.79-acre site.

 The Federal Bureau of Investigation leased the building for its Jacksonville field office until the bureau moved in 2009 to a government-owned structure at 6061 Gate Parkway. The building sat largely vacant after the FBI relocated.

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