The city grants permission to convert the former FBI building into apartments. Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

With the approvals granted on December 10, developers Marc Peter Kozman and Magdi Samuel can begin converting the former FBI building into the Arlington Apartments for $ 11 million.

As Theotokos Holdings LLC, the developers own the property at 7820 Arlington Expressway and will convert the six-story building into 118 apartments with an equipment center and gym.

Axios Construction Services LLC from Fern Park is the contractor. Fisher Koppenhafer from Jacksonville is the architect.

The city approved the conversion of 95,256 square feet into housing at a cost of nearly $ 10.98 million and a 6,745 square foot equipment center and gym at a cost of $ 100,000.

Kozman and Samuel said in September they were hoping to convert the former FBI building in Arlington into 118 apartments “as soon as possible.”

“Jacksonville is a beautiful city,” said Kozman, who lives near Toronto, on September 18 during a visit to Jacksonville.

“It made good sense to us.”

Kozman said Jacksonville has a diversified economy. Along with the downtown development, he said, the area has a good school system and marketplace that attracts students and young professionals.

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

The City Council issued Ordinance 2020-0295 on Re-zoning and Ordinance 2020-0294 on Land Use Change on August 11th.

The group has converted the property into a planned residential unit and switched the land use to high-density residential buildings.

Halff Associates Inc.’s engineering and architecture firm applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District for a permit exemption that includes redeveloping the office building into low-income housing.

Kozman said his group is not targeting a specific market for renters but is more aware of the demographics of the area. He said rents will be in line with the neighborhood.

In a written description, Halff Associates, represented by Joe Loretta, said the project is expected to be completed in one phase in 12 to 15 months.

Kozman Realty Inc. paid $ 1.2 million for the vacant building, according to a deed executed on September 26, 2019. The property was transferred to a related group, Theotokos Holdings LLC, in July. Samuel is a partner.

The city approved the demolition of the interior in November 2019.

The building was developed in 1975 on a 4.79 hectare property

The Federal Bureau of Investigation rented the building for the Jacksonville field office until the office moved to a state-owned structure at 6061 Gate Parkway in 2009.

The building was largely empty after the FBI moved. The class C office building was destroyed and without electricity.

“It seemed like an opportunity to serve the community,” Kozman said.

“Everyone needs a place to live.”

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