Jason Halpern is a proud real estate developer who cares about tradition. He assumed control of the family business in 2010 and has since invested $500 million in projects around New York. He recently turned a warehouse on 184 Kent Avenue into a luxurious 340 unit luxury apartment complex to the rave reviews of the locals.
Halpern’s desire to bring a sense of the traditional mixed with luxurious touches has set his firm, JMH Development, apart from other real estate development companies. His efforts with the 185 Kent Avenue project earned him the prestigious 2011 Building Brooklyn Award.
Halpern and his firm are currently involved in multiple projects in New York and have recently expanded into the lucrative and popular Miami real estate market. He proudly states that his firm has completed more that $500 million in projects since 2007. He recently completed the 200 plus room Aloft South Beach hotel project. He also has a condo project under way that is bound to inspire bourbon drinkers everywhere.
His firm is converting a former Wild Turkey warehouse located in Williamsburg into condominiums.
What is inspiring about Halpern beside his work ethic and dedication to his firm, is his regard for old world building traditions. He and his firm celebrate the topping out of a project. This is done when the last structural piece of lumber is put in place on a building under construction. This tradition is borrowed from the Scandinavian tradition of having a live tree planted at the top of a new structure. The history is that the tradition is to appease the spirits of the various trees that have been cut down in order to make way for the new building structure.
Whether you believe in this time-honored traditions or not, Jason Halpern is a developer who is on his way to the top.