Cooper Development Company

Cooper Development is an integrated real estate development company focused on securing landmark sites for new residential development and renovation central to Boston’s most desired communities and high-barrier to entry neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and South End.

Through careful site selection, architectural design, and the highest quality construction standards, our team creates comforting living experiences that beautify and preserve traditional, historic appeal while at the same time, integrate flexible and innovative function and timeless aesthetics that will endure for generations.



Cooper Development has access to over 100 financial institutions to accompany private lending and to offset risk should additional funding or refinancing be needed to finish the subject property. The company principal, J. Melissa Cooper, has raised and guaranteed over $25mm in her real estate career.



Cooper Development has an in-house Master Builder and General Contractor, and Building Inspector on staff to assess rehabilitation cost, eliminate properties based on risks that might be unforeseeable to the an investor outside of the space.



Cooper Development has relationships with high-level county and city officials and the appropriate attorneys to handle zoning ordinances and appeals, variances on change-of-use requests, and permitting.



Cooper Development has long established relationships with top-producing realtors in the Boston proper area, skilled in pricing properties appropriately and moving them quickly. The brokers who work with the company are adept at changing strategies if necessary for a successful exit, and at providing continuity planning.

Meet Our Team


J. Melissa Cooper

Lead Developer

Shane Albright

General Contractor

Michael Labrie

Property Manager

Jessica Saranich

Project Manager

J. Melissa Cooper – Principal

J. Melissa Cooper is an active real estate investor and developer in the single family and multi­family space, in addition to managing a portfolio of rental properties. She has experience raising both bank and private financing, as well as extensive Boston real estate market expertise. Over her real estate career, she has raised and guaranteed over $25mm in acquisition and construction loan financing.

Ms. Cooper navigated a successful mid­-seven figure exit from an Internet career services business in 2014. Her background in staffing and hiring lends itself to the successful sourcing and negotiating with various construction contractors and subcontractors.

Ms. Cooper has a Master of Science from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She is also the author of Freelance Nation, a how­ to book detailing her experience starting a business on a shoestring budget and growing it successfully to acquisition.

Aaron Shane Albright – General Contractor/Builder

Aaron Shane Albright is an experienced corporate executive with 20+ years multi­faceted background as a commercial and residential builder, construction manager, general contractor, and building inspector.

Mr. Albright is the founding principal of Albright Construction, LLC. and is an officer of Cooper Development Company. Mr. Albright is a Master Builder and has managed up to $180mm in new apartment building construction for Empire Construction.

As a National Construction Director, he has a proven track record of building up to and over 100 buildings per year for companies such as Family Dollar and Advance Auto Parts in a nationwide capacity.

Mr. Albright also has served as a building inspector in the state of North Carolina for 12 years.

Contact Us

  • 261 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02116
  • Phone: 617-201-0022
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