Building on an Old Legacy

Susan Halpern and Charlene Melville
Philanthropist Susan Halpern with Charlene Melville, BHC’s Director of Education

The Wall Street Journal | October 12, 2010

By Shelly Banjo

Decades ago her father helped build the Manhattan skyline, developing millions of square feet around the city. Now, Susan Halpern, daughter of late real-estate developer Harold Uris, is looking to make her own mark on New York City.

Through the Sirus Fund, of which she is founder and president, Ms. Halpern is providing $10 million to the affordable-housing nonprofit Broadway Housing Communities. The money will be used to acquire the development site for the Sugar Hill Project, Harlem’s first mixed-use development that combines affordable housing, educational and cultural arts.

The $73 million project will go before the City Council on Wednesday and, if approved, will begin construction before the end of the year, with completion expected in 2012.

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