Most people are pre-exposed to the careers they will later pursue. For Jason Halpern, his childhood exposure to real estate development came from his father. His father was one of the top developers on the east coast. Jason grew up on the construction sites his father worked at.
As a young boy, he would follow his father around the sites. Eventually, his father began letting him sit in during meetings with architects, marketing teams, and other construction professionals. Once Jason was old enough, his father hired him to work at some of the construction sites. His many summer jobs ranged from manual labor to managing the entire property.
Once Jason Halpern had all the skills he believed he needed, he started his own company, JMH Development. Even though his current projects demand constant attention, Jason never forgets those times with his father. Jason makes sure that he’s spending plenty of time with his young son. He also donates his time to working with a couple of charities.
JMH Development has become one of the top developers in the country since its founding. Some of its most popular developments include a full-service hotel in South Beach, a collection of nine luxury townhouses in Cobble Hill, and one of the most recognizable buildings in Brooklyn, 184 Kent.
184 Kent has become the most successful property developed by JMH Development. Jason often talks about how drawn he was to the original building because it was architecturally unique. 184 Kent was a 100-year-old warehouse that JMH poured $250 million into to turn it into what it is today.
The building was purchased in 2008, and Jason led to two-year renovation. Since the building leased in 2010, the building has maintained high occupancy. It also set what would come to be the standard for s/f pricing in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The building was designed with the hopes of re-igniting growth in Williamsburg.
One of Jason Halpern’s favorite things to do is to use historical buildings. He likes the challenge that comes with renovating and rejuvenating those old neighborhoods.