Jason Halpern is known as the Founder and the Principal of JMH Development, a major real estate firm based in New York. He is predominantly known for his innovative ways to renovate buildings in historic places without losing its value. Halpern and JMH contribute to nature by protecting the existing ones and reducing the harnessing of natural resources or polluting the environment. Since his family is into real estate development for decades, he has a greater understanding of growing needs and the importance of preserving the existing ones without losing its uniqueness. Halpern and his team have renovated a number of projects, in which, some of them are more than a century old.
The prominent one is 184 Kent, a waterfront warehouse originally constructed in 1913. JMH Development converted this building located in Brooklyn to a 340 unit luxury apartment for rental. Halpern was very specific to retain the historical integrity of the building, and his efforts have paid well as the building is currently on the National Register maintained for Historic Places. Interestingly, the building received Building Brooklyn Award – 2011 under the category of adaptive reuse. There are also many more projects similar to 184 Kent that give optimal use and reuse. Starwood Aloft hotel developed by JMH Development was a historic motel in Ankara, Florida; Halpern and his team renovated the motel and built a new eight-story building to convert it into an impressive beachside hotel. There are also renovation and development stories like The Townhouses of Cobble, LIC Hilton Hotels, Hill Three Hundred Collins, 70 Henry, and more.
The development model of Halpern has appreciated by many industry experts, and he is recognized by various industrial bodies. The Starwood Aloft hotel received Lodging Investment Summit Award – 2015 for limited service development. Jason is focused on both residential and commercial developments which are driven by high-quality and customization considering the expectation of the customers. As a leader in constructing distinctive properties, JMH has grown across the U.S. under the leadership of Halpern. His insights have significantly helped the firm to identify the values of various properties, and Halpern had developed a niche over the years of renovating historically important buildings.
Jason has also involved in philanthropic activities apart from sustainable development projects. He is the primary contributor of Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center under Westchester Medical Center. The Trauma Center is capable of handling open heart surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, fixing of severed limbs, and emergency neurosurgery. Additionally, the center is equipped with treating burn patients, critical internal injuries, children, and pregnant women. Halpern initiated philanthropic activities as part of JMH Development as well and contributes to global clean water charity called “water.” The firm made a commitment that it would donate $20,000 per each successful contract to the non-profit organization to provide clean and safe water to Nepalese and Ethiopian locals.