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Jason Halpern is the Independent Real Estate Development Entrepreneur Specializing in Modernizing Historic Districts and City Skylines

Thomas Herd | November 24, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

Many real estate developers, as well as entrepreneurs in general, simply look for the best opportunities available. While it is true that a talented entrepreneur should always have their ear to the ground, the best entrepreneurs conduct business with a purpose. This is precisely what separates Jason Halpern from the pack.

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Many real estate developers, as well as entrepreneurs in general, simply look for the best opportunities available. While it is true that a talented entrepreneur should always have their ear to the ground, the best entrepreneurs conduct business with a purpose. This is precisely what separates Jason Halpern from the pack.

As the principal of the independent real estate development firm JMH Developments, Jason Halpern’s vision for tastefully refining historic districts and old city skylines is unparalleled and his work speaks for itself. The NYC real estate community agrees, under Halpern’s management, JMH Developments has solidified itself as the leader in refining and modernizing historical districts and city skylines.

Since the early 2000’s Halpern has been committed to taking on projects that he is inspired by, regardless of their perceived risk and complexity. Halpern has past experience with failure, as all seasoned entrepreneurs do, so the prospect of a difficult project actually excites him. Halpern has learned a lot from his past experiences, which is why he has been able to expertly curate a niche for himself. Due to his unusually exceptional ability, as an independent real-estate developer, to build and close multiple properties at a price point of 100 million dollars or more, Halpern and JMH Developments are recognized as the premier choice to develop and refine historic district and city skylines.

One of Halpern’s most impressive projects of this kind was the renovation of the old Brooklyn waterfront warehouse at 184 Kent Avenue. Built in 1913, 184 Kent was originally home to the Austin Nichols Company, the largest grocer in the United States. Recognizing the memorable nature of this building, and keeping in line with his modus operandi, when Halpern took on this project he wanted to completely renovated and modernize the building while honoring its past. Halpern’s overall sense of purpose and history informs how he approaches each project; this is exactly why he preserves the historic integrity of the building all while improving and refurbishing it for the modern era.

After Halpern’s work, 184 Kent is now home to 340 luxury rental apartments, 20,000 square feet of landscaped courtyard, and 10,000 square feet of amenities, including a modern gym with views of the East River. This building, which is now a paradigm of modernity, did not sacrifice any of its historic authenticity and character; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As an objective measure of Jason Halpern’s and JMH Developments’ success with modernizing historic districts and skylines, the 184 Kent project won the Building Brooklyn Award in 2011. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce selects the winners of this award in order to recognize development companies who have completed a new project that improves the neighborhood.

Clearly, Jason Halpern and JMH Developments are not only leaders in the independent real estate development space, but they are also the most trusted team to develop historic districts and old city skylines. We are excited to see which significant historic district Halpern will modernize next.



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