Thomas Herd | December 23, 2020 | People
Jason Halpern is the award-winning independent real estate developer with a proven track record of refining buildings in historic districts. As the principal of JMH Development, Halpern has overseen the renovation of many multimillion-dollar buildings all while preserving their historic landmark statuses. Beyond his track record of improving the building, its amenities, and its financials, Halpern has a proven history of giving back. Halpern has made a point to consistently donate masks and other personal protective equipment to Petra Nemcova’s All Hands and Hearts Foundation, a global partnership with Nick Rose Ntertsas & Global Wildlife Conservation, and other charitable foundation
Halpern’s recent charitable contributions are consistent with his history of being thoughtful about his business. To this point, Halpern and JMH Development are known for preserving historic landmark statuses for the buildings that they renovate. This is not a coincidence. Halpern sincerely wants to protect the original character of the neighborhoods he develops in. Halpern walks the line between renovation and conservation perfectly.
Halpern commonly quips, “I’m not just a developer, I’m a preservationist.”
Halpern and JMH development track record is proven. They were behind the renovation of 70 Henry Street. This property is located in the famed historic district of Brooklyn Heights and was unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in June of 2015. Halpern and JMH were also responsible for the renewal of a collection of nine luxury townhouses originally constructed in the mid-1800s known as the Townhouses of Cobble Hill and located in one of Brooklyn’s most historic neighborhoods. After the 2015 renovation, every townhome was purchased due to their historic character, modern amenities, and solid economics. Halpern also completely renovated the Aloft South Beach Hotel, which won the 2015 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) Award as the Select/Limited Service Development of the year. In 2011, Halpern and JMH Development were awarded the Building Brooklyn Award for his 184 Kent project by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in recognition of how their newly completed project improves its neighborhood.
Clearly, Halpern has always strived to go beyond the physical structure and economics of the buildings he improves. Halpern is very concerned with, and successful at, positively influencing the neighborhoods he builds in. Now, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many individuals as well as businesses throughout America hurting, Halpern is resolved to step up. Further, many of the cities Halpern and his firm do business in are in dire need of PPE and are suffering due to spiking cases & stay at home orders. This is exactly why Halpern is giving back.
Whether it’s through real estate development or charitable contributions, Halpern is also striving to make a difference in his community.