Eco-conscious shopping center developer relocates 200 year oak tree, setting precedent in preservation during development

ATLANTA (October 16, 2017) – Shopping center developers often get a bad rap for being environmentally destructive, but Halpern Enterprises defies that expectation by proactively working to preserve and relocate vegetation such as old-growth trees on its development sites.

The Ogden Oak ready for relocation. Photo credit: Cammie Bellamy (Star News)

The Ogden Oak, a 200-year-old tree, was in the path of the forthcoming Publix-anchored Ogden Market Place in Wilmington, NC. The quicker and less expensive option was to cut the tree down; however, Chairman Jack Halpern decided the development company would relocate the tree. According to Charles Worthen, a partner in Halpern’s development division, “It was important to us from the beginning to be good neighbors, good stewards of the environment, and to steer a collaborative effort to bring this project to the area the very best way possible.”

With the help of the expert arborists at Connolly Tree Preservation, a relocation plan was formed and received the backing of the Wilmington city council, mayor, and residents.  The plan involved packing up the tree’s root system, then using compressed air to pump into airbag rollers to elevate the tree. The tree was then transported to its new home on the Publix site.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo shared in an interview with WWAY TV 3 how Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, “made it a goal of his to preserve as many of the trees as he possibly could … he did a magnificent job in preserving as many of the trees as he possibly could.”

Ogden Oak’s roots lifted onto airbag rollers to move it to its new home. Photo credit: Cammie Bellamy (Star News)

The decision to preserve the tree is part of the Halpern ethos and mission – to be “a positive force – a caring, committed partner – in each community” where Halpern does business. Additional conservation efforts include donating and relocating a selection of shrubbery from the planned Village at Friendly shopping center to the Healing Gardens at Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, NC.

The developer is also in the process of installing solar panels at its newly constructed headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga. When the idea was put forward to Halpern’s leadership, they were instantly interested in using the clean, unlimited, independent energy source to save on energy costs in operating the building. “We as a company are environmentally conscious – we care,” said Executive Vice President Carolyn Oppenheimer. “Installing solar panels at our headquarters will reduce our impact on the environment. We’re also exploring the idea of adding solar panels to our properties.”

Halpern’s new headquarters, which is just over a year old, was built to maximize energy efficiency and minimize its effect on the environment. The building features low-VOC paint that releases minimal toxins into the air, recyclable construction materials, high-efficiency glass to keep inside temperatures down, an exercise facility that helps employees make fewer trips by car, occupancy sensors for interior lights, LED site lights, and water-efficient commodes.

The developer also introduced an office-wide recycling program to reduce its carbon footprint. It installed two electric car chargers in the parking lot, which are shared by three Halpern employees who drive electric cars.

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About Halpern Enterprises

Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns 40 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern’s tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

The Friendly-Hobbs center is now The Village at Friendly

GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 20, 2017) – Halpern Enterprises is excited to announce the new name of its mixed-use development at the intersection of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road.

The Village at Friendly, formerly referred to as Friendly-Hobbs, is in a prime commercial location and will be a 41,421-square-foot retail and restaurant complex, to be paired with 13 single-family homes.

“We are excited about the interest and the reception we have been receiving for what we think will be the finest shopping complex in Greensboro,” said Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises.

Site work is underway at the Village at Friendly. Construction plans include situating three of the four retail buildings along Friendly Avenue, west of Hobbs Road. Parking lots and a buffer area with landscaping will separate retailers from the new homes.

“The amount of interest from restaurants, regional and national specialty stores and boutiques has been very, very brisk,” according to Rianne Bell of the Bell Moore Group property management firm in Charlotte. “We are actively negotiating with retailers. This will not just be a shopping area, it will be a regional draw.”

For leasing information, contact Rianne Bell at rianne@bellmooregroup.com and 704-529-6720 ext.302 or John Brozovic at jbrozovic@halpernent.com and 770-508-3314.

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About Halpern Enterprises

Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns more than 30 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

Major mixed-use project to open in Smyrna, Ga.

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Commercial developer Jack Halpern on the 12-acre Jonquil development, which is set to open in late December. | Photo credit: Kathryn Ingall (Marietta Daily Journal)

by Jennifer Hafer
Reporter, Marietta Daily Journal

Before Publix or any other tenant was identified for the Jonquil development at the corner of Atlanta and Spring roads in Smyrna, commercial developer Jack Halpern had his eye on the property.

“We have been doing business in Smyrna for more than 50 years down the street at what was the Belmont Hills Shopping Center,” said Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises. “We were always aware of the Jonquil site, and we watched as previous owners’ and developers’ plans succumbed to bad timing and the downturn in the economy that took place a number of years ago.”

So when the 12-acre property hit the market two and a half years ago, Halpern jumped on it, believing the site was in a good location with a great road network and that the city of Smyrna would embrace a mixed-use development there.

“In terms of our investment, it’s in the millions of dollars,” Halpern said. “Most of the initial investment was in the form of land, but we also spent a lot of money getting the site ready to be redeveloped. We demolished some of the improvements prior owners had made on the property that were no longer of any value to the development that we planned for the property, then there were utilities and new infrastructure.”

 

Keep reading at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Developer unveils latest plans for Friendly and Hobbs site

screenshot of article in Triad Business Journalby John Brasier
Reporter, Triad Business Journal

Developer Jack Halpern is now targeting March 2018 to open his mixed-use project at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road, and the latest conceptual plans reveal a shift in the residential component of the project.

Halpern, the chairman of Atlanta-based developer Halpern Enterprises, unveiled his plans for the prime commercial location at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensboro at the Terrace at Greensboro Coliseum. The plans now call for a 41,421-square-foot retail and restaurant complex, to be paired with 13 single-family homes.

A residential component to the project is not new, but the mix has fluctuated, with the last known plan showing 22 townhomes. Now earmarked for 13 single-family homes, the residential portion of the project would be built by another developer still to be contracted, Halpern told Rotarians.

 

Keep reading at the Triad Business Journal.

Jonquil’s Publix pencils in mid-December opening

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, updated attendees at Thursday morning’s Smyrna Area Council meeting on Halpern’s two Smyrna developments, Belmont and Jonquil.

By Jon Gargis, Marietta Daily Journal:

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Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, updated attendees at Thursday morning’s Smyrna Area Council meeting on Halpern’s two Smyrna developments, Belmont and Jonquil. Photo by Jon Gargis.

SMYRNA — Construction continues on Jonquil, the mixed-used development on a 12-acre site at the corner of Atlanta and Spring roads. One major portion of the project — its grocery store anchor — is expected to be open by the end of the year.

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, the company behind the estimated $40 million-plus Jonquil development, told attendees at Thursday morning’s meeting of the Smyrna Area Council that Publix would be opening its doors in mid-December.

“It’s been a tight construction schedule to be able to turn this store over to them in time, but it looks like we’re going to make it. They should start stocking the store before Thanksgiving and open it in the middle of December,” Halpern said.

Jonquil will also consist of retail shops and luxury apartment units. Among the retail offerings in the development will be Willy’s Mexicana Grill, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, and Newk’s Eatery, which just entered the Cobb market with a location going into the new Kennesaw Marketplace at the corner of Cobb and Barrett Parkway.

Halpern said Jonquil’s retail spaces are slated to open by the end of first quarter of 2017 — with 100 percent of them expected to be leased by this year’s end — while the 260 residential rental units, which are being developed by Wood Partners, are expected to be completed in the middle of 2017 with leasing beginning then.

Read the rest of the story at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Shopping center developer opens new headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Jack Halpern, Mayor Rusty Paul, Carolyn Oppenheimer, and Councilman Andy Bauman smile as they cut a large red ribbon

L to R: Jack Halpern; Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs; Carolyn Oppenheimer; Andy Bauman, Sandy Springs City Council | Photo credit: Eric Bern Studio

Atlanta, Ga. (September 7, 2016) – After 50 years on Buford Highway in Doraville, Ga., Halpern Enterprises opened its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga., with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new building.

Executive Vice President Carolyn Oppenheimer welcomed about 80 guests, including dignitaries Mayor Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman, and representatives from the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber.

As to the timing and reason for the new headquarters, Oppenheimer credited her brother Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, for having “the foresight to realize that our company deserved a home and a space that was in keeping with the organization we’ve built for today and the future.”

“It’s great to see expansion and development of local businesses that employ locally, and I’m really proud to have you [here],” said Bauman in his public remarks.

Mayor Rusty Paul spoke of the value of having a longtime family business relocate to the city, citing family as “the true core of our community.” He went on to add, “Thank you for investing – coming home to Sandy Springs, investing in our community, and creating jobs here.”

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, expressed gratitude “for the successful years we enjoyed on Buford Highway.” He recounted Oppenheimer and himself asking where Halpern should consider home “for the next 50 years.” He paused and said, “[Sandy Springs] seemed like a good answer.”

The relocation of Halpern Enterprises brought 32 full-time jobs to the city of Sandy Springs. Halpern expressed the great privilege the company has in being a corporate citizen in the city: “We hope that our company will prove to be an asset to the community for many years to come.”

At the conclusion of Halpern’s remarks, he and Oppenheimer were joined by Mayor Paul and Councilman Bauman for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Guests were treated to tours of the new building and a reception. The architects for the new headquarters were Larry Sweat, Grant Mosely, and John Knight of MSTSD; furnishings by Turner Boone; construction by Hodges & Hicks; and interior design by Susan B. Bozeman Designs.

Halpern Enterprises is located at 5200 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342.

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Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns 35 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern’s tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

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Boom Town: Marietta Daily Journal details Halpern’s newest mixed-use projects

Marietta Daily Journal - Boom TownDetails about Halpern’s two new mixed-use developments, Belmont and Jonquil, are revealed in a double-feature in this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:

SMYRNA — The retail shops at Belmont are completely filled, and the residential units, both houses and apartments, are filling up fast as the Smyrna redevelopment project nears completion.

Belmont is a 48-acre mixed-use development at the corner of Atlanta and Windy Hill roads that Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, hopes will bring business and job opportunities to Smyrna and “improve the quality of life for Smyrna residents.”

In May 2008, the city approved a development agreement with Halpern Enterprises for the redevelopment of the former Belmont Hill shopping center, which was hailed as the largest shopping center in the South when it opened in 1954. The center was demolished in 2009, but further development was stalled by the economic downturn.

For the full story, keep reading “Boom Town” at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Halpern family donates $10,000 to Doraville Police Department

Halpern family makes generous donation to city police department

by Robert Kelley, Doraville Insight

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. photo credit: Robert Kelley

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. Photo credit: Robert Kelley

Local businessman Jack Halpern and his sister, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, were recently recognized at a city council meeting by Mayor Donna Pittman and Doraville Police Chief John King for a generous gift to the Doraville Police Department (DPD). Halpern and his sister made a $10,000 donation to the DPD in memory of their parents, Halpern Enterprises founder Bernard Halpern and his wife, Shirley.

Halpern Enterprises, based in Doraville, is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most experienced shopping center development and management companies.

Chief King noted that the donation was used to purchase two significant pieces of equipment for each officer. One was Officer Survival Packs, that every patrol officer will have in his or her patrol car.

These packs are compact and loaded with the following contents: 1-OSS Combat Compression Dressing; 2-Hemostatic Gauze Packs; 1-Swat-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet; 2-Sterile 3 inch Gauze Rolls; 6-Sterile 4×4 Gauze Sponges; 1-12 ply 5×9 Sterile Trauma Pad; 1-3×9 Petrolatum Non Adherent Dressing; 1-Set of Rescue Shears; 1-1 inch Cloth Medical tape; and 2 pairs of Black OSS Nitrile Gloves.

This Rip Away Patrol Pack is a two-part Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) system. The back-plate is designed to be affixed to any M.O.L.L.E. component with the pouch being affixed to the backplate with a Velcro backing. This is a tri-pouch compartment that will fit any blowout kit with extra room for additional squad support items or medical supplies.

The kit allows officers to provide immediate first aid on trauma victims awaiting medical assistance.

“Also purchased with the donation were top-of-the-line reflective vests that our officers can wear while they’re on the freeway, especially useful in meeting new Depart of Transportation requirements,” said Chief King. “The roads are pretty dangerous for our officers, especially at night, and the new vests should provide additional protection.

The donation was at the bequest of Shirley Halpern before her recent passing. “This was such a gracious thing for her to do, to think of our police department,” said Mayor Pittman. “She loved the police department and this equipment will be much used and appreciated.”

Reprinted with permission of the Doraville Insight (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Spring 2015).