Breathing New Life into Historic Buildings



I don’t do basic. I don’t do dropped ceilings. I don’t do cookie-cutter construction.

What I do is revitalize communities – and I do it by preserving one historic building at a time.

As a real estate development professional, I’m deeply dedicated to creating meaningful spaces that have character and quality. That’s why I’m passionate about resurrecting historic buildings, with a focus on downtown neighborhoods, energy efficiency and sustainability.

I’m a giant nerd who’s happiest when I’m finding the highest and best use for a long-forgotten building. I love getting my hands dirty inside old buildings, unearthing architectural treasures and sharing them with folks who value the special things in life.

Why? Because when historic character intersects with timeless elegance, you’ve created something special. And we’re all better because of it.

  • CEO of Jenifer Acosta Development

  • Bachelor's degree in Sociology - Southern Illinois University

  • Master's degree in International Administration & Sustainable Development - University of Miami

  • Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate - New York University

  • LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development

  • Larson Leader at Urban Land Institute

  • 2017 RUBY Award Recipient

  • 2017 Crain’s Detroit Michigan Change Makers: Ones to Watch

  • Founder of Great Lakes Bay Young Preservationists

  • Co-founder & Vice President of Infuse Great Lakes Bay Community Development Organization

  • ULI Michigan Local Product Council Member for Housing and Community Development

  • Faculty for The Incremental Development Alliance