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Artist renderings showing what the US Federal Courthouse on Walnut Street in Harrisburg might look like once it’s transformed into high-end apartments were unveiled by developer, Global Ocean Investments on Thursday.

The developer plans to convert the building, once it is no longer used as a courthouse, into a luxury apartment building with a rooftop bar and two restaurants that would offer visitors a view of the city.

The 11-story, 251,000-square-foot building at 228 Walnut St. was bought at an online auction for $10.01 million in December. The deal was completed on January 27. The buyer, RRF Building LLC, is a subsidiary of Global Ocean Investments.

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Some details of the building, which will be renamed “The Federal,” have changed since the developer announced its plans in February. Instead of 288 apartments, plans call for 200 luxury loft apartments and penthouses.

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Global Ocean Investments has unveiled artist renderings of what the current US Federal Courthouse on Walnut Street in Harrisburg could look like once it is transformed into a high-end apartment building. (Provided)

Plans call for an 8,000-square-foot, two-level addition to the top of the building that houses the penthouse with two upscale restaurants: an Italian restaurant and an American steakhouse.

“This new glass-topped pavilion we are proposing will house a superior restaurant with Sky Bar and Gardens, allowing Harrisburg visitors and residents to dine with a view of the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex,” said Global Founder and CEO. Ocean Investments, Justin Etzin, in a press release.

Previous plans included a heated outdoor rooftop pool and “speakeasy” called the “Boiler Room,” a co-working space, and meeting and conference rooms. Those weren’t included in the latest developer announcement. Instead, Global Ocean Investments said residents will have access to a concierge, movie theater, hair salon and beauty salon. There will be a gym.

The rooftop will be accessed via a panoramic elevator to the rooftop terrace or to the former courtrooms, which will house a Japanese restaurant and bar.

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Global Ocean Investments said it hopes to start construction when the federal tenants leave in early 2023, and expects the project to be completed in 2024 or 2025.

“The 200 apartments will bring much-needed residential space to Harrisburg and will be the most luxurious available,” Etzin said. “We’ve taken architecturally designed penthouse and loft apartment living to a whole new level.”

The project would first need city approval to go ahead. Geoffrey Knight, the city’s planning director, said that, to his knowledge, no application or supporting documentation has yet been submitted to the city. He also said that a zoning change is not required for the proposed project since “multi-family housing” is permitted by right in the Centro Centro district where the property is located.

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Global Ocean Investments has unveiled artist renderings of what the current US Federal Courthouse on Walnut Street in Harrisburg could look like once it is transformed into a high-end apartment building. (Provided)

Global Ocean Investments Ltd. is based in the Seychelles and is a real estate development company with projects in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

The building is also for sale for $22 million. A company official previously said it is standard practice for Global Ocean Investments to list buildings for sale while projects are in the planning and development stages.

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Global Ocean Investments has unveiled artist renderings of what the current US Federal Courthouse on Walnut Street in Harrisburg could look like once it is transformed into a high-end apartment building. (Provided)

The courthouse was built in 1966. The building is near Strawberry Square and the grounds of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex. The building sits on a 0.695 acre parcel and has 55 basement parking spaces. It is almost 50 feet from two public parking lots.

The federal government will occupy the building until the new courthouse in Harrisburg is completed. The courthouse is being replaced by a 243,000-square-foot, $190 million building under construction at Sixth and Reily streets in Harrisburg. The new building is named after US District Judge Sylvia Rambo and is expected to open this year.

Federal officials have said that the current building is inadequate for modern court operations and does not meet security requirements.

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