Jason Halpern Perfects Adaptive Reuse

Jason Halpern: Property Developer

Jason Halpern is the founder and visionary behind JMH Development. They are a full-service development firm which specializes in redeveloping historic properties. They link the past to the present by reimagining and repurposing historical buildings, a niche that Halpern knows well. JMH Development has a knack for creating distinctive luxury properties with a nod to local history. They thrive under Halpern’s leadership in some of the hottest markets, such as Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami Beach.

Aloft and Jason Halpern

One recent example of his successful approach is the project he spearheaded in South Beach Miami. The Aloft South Beach has 235 spacious rooms in the heart of Miami Beach. The rooms average around 360 square feet and are quite a bit larger than other similar hotels. The project is an adaptive reimagining of the historic Motel Ankara. The original two-story structure was left in place and certain elements were kept as part of the new building. An additional eight-story tower was constructed.

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The Aloft South Beach is located on a prime waterfront location. It is only one block away from the waters of Miami Beach. Customers can access Lake Pancoast and the Collins Canal which wrap around the property. There are plenty of additional opportunities for leisure as the property is quite close to art galleries as well as restaurants and night clubs. The Miami Beach Convention Center is also nearby.

Jason Halpern with Model, Milana and Richard

JMH Development has a professional team in place which is involved in projects from start to finish. All phases are under their purview starting with site selection, design, construction, and successfully marketing the new properties.

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Another fantastic win for JMH Development was the historic renovation of the building at 184 Kent in Brooklyn, NY. This building was once a waterfront warehouse whose tenant was the largest grocer in the US. It was built in 1913 and occupied by The Austin Nichols Company. There are now 340 luxury apartments in the refashioned building which is located in a highly sought after neighborhood. It features beautiful views of Manhattan and a gorgeous landscaped courtyard. Bedford Avenue is nearby with its upscale restaurants and shopping. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and another piece of history is saved.

Samuel Strauch’s Insights on how the Latin America Real Estate Sector Can Grow

Miami Beach, FL is one of the cities in the U.S. with lucrative development opportunities in real estate sector. The city has the potential to grow into a megalopolis. However, the city recorded a slow growth in 2016, especially in real estate development. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections influenced this slowdown. The city gained momentum after the authorities offered investors incentives to develop more properties. Most investors have also developed condominiums in Miami Beach. Furthermore, downtown Miami has the potential to grow based on its location and the type of developments taking place in the area.


Based on angel.co, the demands for penthouses in Miami Beach have increased in the first quarter of 2017. Consumers are also interested in properties built near the ocean. Even though these properties are expensive, most of them have already been sold out before their construction is complete. Construction financing has also influenced the rate of real estate development in Miami Beach. Today, lenders only offer construction loans to clients who have a good history of repaying them quickly.


About Samuel Strauch


Samuel Strauch is an American real estate developer who founded Affinity International Realty. He also serves as the president of the commercial real estate company. Affinity International Realty specializes in developing and acquiring both residential and commercial properties. The company’s mission is to provide clients with affordable housing solutions for sustainability.

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As a developer, Samuel Strauch usually invests in real estate projects in areas with strong economic and demographic growth. He believes that residents of such areas have enough savings to purchase permanent housing. Strauch is also keen on the Latin real estate sector. Samuel Strauch is confident that as Panama goes through economic development, this change will be reflected in its real estate industry. He hopes that the government of Panama will offer foreigners incentives to build commercial and residential properties in the country.

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