Jefferson-Werner, LLC, is a Real Estate Development Company with over 20 years of experience.  Partners began working in the real estate industry in the early 1990’s as a transition from a successful career in facilities and property management. This background in hands-on asset management coupled with transaction and development experience coming from our own projects affords us a unique perspective.  We not only understand how to get the job done, we’ve actually done the work many times over.

Our Vision

We recognize the changing world we live in.  Over the years, cities and towns outside of the major metro areas that were once magnets for people and culture lost population to suburban developments.  Today, there is a move back to cities, back to community.

We believe technology has evolved to the point were it supports the desire of people to live in communities that offer a higher quality of life while working virtually anywhere.  Major metro areas are great places to visit but they lack the closeness and sense of community offered in smaller towns.  Developing real estate opportunities in these areas requires a higher level of commitment and longer-term business outlook that is not appealing to many developers.  It’s also more difficult.

Jefferson-Werner, LLC, is an experienced urban real estate developer.  Our vision is to bring our experience, our market driven creativity to cities outside of the major metro areas.  The trends are changing and urban living is attractive again. Repopulating our cities offers benefits beyond eliminating urban sprawl.  It is the ultimate in green to repurpose and reuse older buildings.  Our vision is to be the expert, the go to company for development needs in these communities.

The Team

Principal – Charles C. Jefferson

Charles Jefferson is the founding principal of Jefferson-Werner, LLC.  Mr. Jefferson is responsible for managing the Company’s growing portfolio of innovative development projects.  Prior to forming Jefferson-Werner, Mr. Jefferson served as the Vice President of Development for a national developer and Executive Director for the real estate subsidiary of one of the larger universities.  He received a MBA in Finance and BA in Marketing from Temple University.

Duane A. Wagner

Duane Wagner has over 15 years of Commercial and Residential Real Estate Development experience – specializing in historic adaptive reuse and urban infill development.  Throughout his career he has held various positions within the real estate development industry, focusing on project financing, financial reporting, loan & lease negotiations and debt & equity structuring and placement.

Jessica Kalinoski

Jessica Kalinoski leads the sales and marketing efforts for Jefferson-Werner and manages daily operations of the all aspects of property management.   Jessica’s experience in business development at a grassroots level creates new opportunities for each property for our residents, commercial tenants and partners alike.

Mark Belleteire

Mark Belletiere has 25 years of extensive experience as finance professional.  Mark’s experience includes strategic planning and analysis, accounting, corporate reporting, budgeting and forecasting, operations, tax planning and preparation, regulatory compliance and filing, merger and acquisition due diligence and investor relations.  Mark holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Accounting from Wilkes University.  He also holds security licenses 7, 79 and 63.


Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines repurpose as giving a new use or purpose to. Real estate development in the new economy is about repurposing.  Whether it is an infill site in an urban area, an existing building or raw land, opportunity is not in what it is but rather what it can be.

Developing for our own account affords us a unique perspective.  Whether its initial due diligence or a fresh look on an existing opportunity, we’ll provide the expertise to help sort through the various scenarios and create a success.


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Our experience has given us the opportunity to work on some of the largest and most complex projects in the country.  As owners, partners and employees, we have worked extensively to bring great projects to life.  We believe success is determined by consistent and flawless execution, setting and sharing goals and delivering on your promises.  We bring this belief to every task.

  • Development Management
  • Due Diligence Assistance
  • Owner Representation
  • Property Condition Assessments
  • HTC & NMTC Assistance
  • Financial Modeling
  • NMTC Compliance Reporting
  • Distressed Asset Purchases 
  • Strategic Planning

Our current projects include relationships with

  • PNC Bank
  • US Bank
  • Commonwealth Cornerstone Group
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

News & Events

  • Jan 28
  • 2018

Plan Calls for Remake of Old Button Factory in Scranton into Counseling Center

The project by Charles Jefferson of Jefferson- Werner LLC calls for renovating a vacant, former button factory on Cedar Avenue at Cherry Street in South Side, and moving the Scranton Counseling Center there from its current pair of unconnected buildings on Adams Avenue.

  • Jan 27
  • 2018

Developers Pitch Plans for Lackawanna County's Administration Building

“The building needs to pop when you drive into town, and it should, because it’s an awesome building,” Jefferson said while detailing his plans for street-level restaurant and retail space and a minimum of 50 apartment units throughout the building. “This is such a key corner in the downtown, and there needs to be life there.” If Jefferson is able to buy the building, the total conversion project would likely cost between $10 million and $12 million and take 20 to 24 months to complete, he estimated, noting business tenants would rent the restaurant and retail space.

  • Dec 5
  • 2017

Downtown Focus Correct

Downtown Scranton is in the midst of a revival and transformation. The conversion of the Marketplace at Steamtown from a retail mall to a mixed-use lifestyle center and the conversion of the former Samter's building into apartments with street-level dining and retail are examples of the trend.

  • Oct 31
  • 2017

Small Cities on the Rise

As businesses continue to invest in downtown districts and people continue to move back to cities, the question becomes, does this trend trickle down to smaller cities in tertiary markets and what are they doing to create their own downtown renaissance? We spoke with business, government and economic development leaders from several smaller cities in the region to find out how they were faring in their efforts and planning for the future.

  • Oct 20
  • 2017

Lehigh to Convert Storage Facility into Apartments

Charles Jefferson, the founding principal of Jefferson-Werner, said the project should be completed and ready for residents to move in by August 2018. The building will have an outdoor courtyard and might have a cafe in the retail space. Jefferson-Werner has spoken with many vendors, but plans are not finalized yet. These apartments will not be affiliated with Lehigh housing, so anyone can move into the apartments.

  • Oct 16
  • 2017

Demolition Work Underway at Former Samter's Building

Renovations have begun at the former Samter building at the corner of Lackawanna and Penn Avenues. The building which is directly across from the Marketplace at Steamtown has been empty for several years. It will soon become dozens of apartments in what has become an increasing trend in the Electric City.

  • Oct 4
  • 2017

Apartments Pitched for Former Ice House in Bethlehem

Developer Charles Jefferson plans to create the next cool place to live in a building that started out as a 19th century icehouse in south Bethlehem. Inside a five-story brick warehouse at Adams and Fourth streets, the project would feature 30 apartments and a first-floor cafe that spills into the courtyard.

  • Oct 4
  • 2017

Lehigh University to get in on South Bethlehem Boom with Apartments

Lehigh has selected developer Jefferson-Werner, LLC, to convert the building into apartments. Tuesday night Bethlehem City Council was scheduled to vote to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the work. Construction is slated to start in October with the first tenants moving into units in August 2018.

  • Sep 27
  • 2017

Downtown Lofts Opening Doors for Mixer

Owner Charles Jefferson and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce plan a free mixer event to showcase the Samters Lofts from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lackawanna and Penn avenues in downtown Scranton. The nearly 100-year-old, five story building is now in the earliest stages of restoration.

  • Aug 11
  • 2017

Peach Music Festival Returns to Montage Mountain for Weekend of Music, Camping, and More

Peach Music Festival rocks its sixth year at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain Thursday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 13. Started by the Allman Brothers Band and pavilion concert promoter Live Nation, the festival was modeled after the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, according to a Times-Tribune story in 2012. Due to its scenic mountain setting paired with proximity to restaurants, shops, hotels and more, the Pavilion at Montage Mountain seemed an ideal venue for the festival.

  • May 30
  • 2017

U.S. Census Estimates Scranton Population is Growing

Scranton may have increased its population to 77,291, which is up about 1.5-percent or 1,200 people over the last few years. Jessica Kalinoski of Admiral Management has helped to renovate Scranton's Connell building and the former Chamber of Commerce property into apartments. She says demand is so high she constantly has a waiting list. Her company will soon begin converting the old Samter's building into living space. "Seventy-one percent of our tenants in our buildings are from out of Scranton. About 43-percent of them are from out of the state in general," Kalinoski said.

  • Apr 30
  • 2017

Electric City Craft Brew Fest Draws More Than 1,000 to Montage Mountain

Beyond the beer, the festival also featured food trucks, live music and a host of vendors selling things like cigars and artisan cheeses. Those who attended a special VIP session of the festival earlier Saturday also enjoyed exclusive beer offerings and unique food pairings.

  • Mar 25
  • 2017

Skiers and Snowboarders Hit the Slopes One Last Time

It's the final weekend for snow sports at Montage Mountain in Scranton. And even though we're having some spring weather, there's just enough snow left for a final ride. "Well, I was wearing shorts while snowboarding today," said Zach Chilson, a 12-year-old on the slopes. Springtime skiers hit the slopes one last time -- but this time they ditched the winter coats. "The temp was fantastic out there today! I was riding in a t-shirt," said James Grace. Even though the spring sun is quickly melting the snow at Montage Mountain, the season did last longer than people expected.

  • Mar 24
  • 2017

The Leonard Theater Looks To Improve Adams Avenue By Drawing Crowds

Hundreds of party-goers took a trip back to the 80's as The Leonard Theater in Scranton hosted a “Back To The Eighties Show” The bash featured the popular New York City band "Jessie's Girl". The show sold out, making it the largest event at the Leonard since it opened in 2014. “It’s perfect, it's a perfect venue, it really is,” said Leanna Brazil from Scranton. “So glad for something like this to be downtown.”

  • Mar 16
  • 2017

Montage Mountain Ski Resort Extending Season After Record Snow Fall

At Montage Mountain Ski Resort, families were turning a snow day off from school to a ski day. “We were all dug out yesterday so school`s off and we figured what a better way to spend the day,” said Michaelyn Reichwein from Mount Carmel. “It's beautiful.” With Tuesday's winter storm dropping more than a foot of snow in our area, many students still haven't returned back to class, so why not spend this beautiful day on the slopes?

  • Mar 12
  • 2017

Scranton's downtown boasts elements for success

Scranton benefits from several key elements that help spur downtown renewal: preserved historic buildings; numerous government facilities and nearby hospitals, colleges and other institutions; and a daily influx of thousands of employees and others who work at or use those services. More people living downtown adds to its critical mass and promotes more growth, said developer Charles Jefferson, whose holdings in the city include two downtown buildings he converted into apartments — the Connell and former Chamber of Commerce buildings, both on North Washington Avenue, as well as the Leonard Theater on Adams Avenue. His apartment buildings had 100 percent occupancies since each opened, he said.

  • Mar 5
  • 2017

Perfect Day for Cardboard Sled Derby At Montage Mountain

Yellow submarines, battleships, and dragons all in one place? Those were some of the designs for the second annual Cardboard Sled Derby at Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton. "The game plan is to get as many people as we can and to make it across the finish line alive," said Alysa Scavone of Exeter. Racers spent lots of time and effort creating their sleds. "Cardboard box derby turned out great, just a testament to our crew and how we bounce back. And put a great product out there and we are loving it," said Jeff Slivinski, director of marketing at Montage Mountain.

  • Mar 3
  • 2017

Montage Mountain to Reopen After Storm Damage

Atop the mountain today was a sight and sound many felt was doubtful after some of the warmest -- and wildest -- winter weather some have ever seen: snow making. After a week of nearly 70 degree days, plus extensive damage from an EF-2 tornado, Montage Mountain was forced to close in order to clean up and regroup from the one, two punch. "You know, we're fighters here at Montage, so we kind of took it with the attitude, 'we're going to make this happen and we're going to put snow down and we're going to get back open'," said Jeff Slivinski, Director of Marketing at Montage Mountain. Slivinski says the resort in Scranton plans to open again Saturday morning -- a tall order considering power was just restored in full Friday morning.

  • Jan 18
  • 2017

Samters Building Slated for Apartments

For years, people in Scranton have passed a prominent building downtown but have no idea what is inside. From the 1920s through the 1970s, Samters Brothers Clothing Store welcomed shoppers. Then it was office space. Later this year, it is set to be renovated into apartments. The Samters Building, on the corner of Lackawanna and Penn in downtown Scranton, is set to open as retail space and apartments later this year. It adds to businessman Charlie Jefferson's portfolio in downtown Scranton. His company now has about 200 apartments that his company says they have no trouble filling.

  • Jan 5
  • 2017

Developer Charles Jefferson Adds Long Empty Samter's to Regional Portfolio

Charles Jefferson, whose investment groups own Montage Mountain Resorts, the Connell Building on North Washington Avenue and the Leonard Theater on Adams Avenue, purchased the 43,712-square-foot building for the asking price of $500,000 through his company, Scranton-Samter LP, according to the deed made public Wednesday.

  • Nov 30
  • 2016

Plan for Relocation of Scranton Counseling Center

A relocation of Scranton Counseling Center from the city’s downtown to South Side entails redevelopment of old buildings in both locations, officials said. The plan calls for the private, nonprofit Scranton Counseling Center to move from the 300 block of Adams Avenue downtown, its location for nearly 30 years, to a building in South Side that Mr. Jefferson would renovate for the behavioral health services agency.

  • Oct 14
  • 2016

Bar Pazzo’s new Sunday offerings focuson cured meats, cheeses, fresh fruit

Bar Pazzo joined this culinary community in May and carved out a niche in the market with its authentic dishes rooted in Old World and Sicilian influences. Now, the eatery housed in downtown Scranton’s Connell Building, 131 N. Washington Ave., offers Sunday brunch, too, with an emphasis on cured meats, cheeses and fresh fruit. The new offerings extend Bar Pazzo’sspotlight on the purest, simplest ingredients in its food.

  • May 5
  • 2016

‘Bar Pazzo’ to Open in Scranton

Bar Pazzo will open soon inside the Connell Building. The building is also home to about 100 apartments. Downtown living is one of the reasons Bar Pazzo's owners wanted to give downtown Scranton a try. "It always had to be where there's a lot of people. There's 100 people that live upstairs, so we're going to cater to everyone who is downtown," said Sam Agolino. Part-owner Agolino says he wanted to capitalize on the growing number of people who live in downtown Scranton. The restaurant will share the Connell Building with about 100 downtown residents.

  • Mar 21
  • 2016

Charter School Helps to Recast South Bethlehem as Arts District

They fill the hallway between classes, some giggling in pairs and others tapping their smartphones as they lumber toward their next class. The crowd of teens in T-shirts and jeans is punctuated by a few in leotards and others with large instrument cases slung over their shoulders. Some practice their fancy footwork in the hallways, while others warm up their vocal chords by singing a few bars. It's just a typical day at the new Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts, which moved into a new building last fall in south Bethlehem. In what was once a quintessential blue-collar part of town, students now learn to pirouette, write music and paint while they master their academic subjects.

  • Nov 30
  • 2015

Spirit of Hope Celebration Raises over $54,000 for Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute board of ambassadors and associate board of ambassadors met in mid- January at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport for a wrap-up meeting of the 2015 Spirit of Hope Celebration. The Ambassadors presented the Cancer Institute with a $54,342 check from this past year’s event. The Board of Ambassadors, a group of community volunteers, hosted the fourth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration in November 2015 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. More than 350 people were in attendance. The event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a live and silent auction.

  • Nov 16
  • 2015

Festival brings together beer aficionados

When Bill Packer’s wife, Beth, bought him a kit to brew his own beer for Christmas a couple of years ago, the Scranton resident discovered a new hobby. Mr. Packer was one of dozens of people who attended lessons from the Scranton Brewers Guild at the Electric City Fall Craft Brew Fest at Montage Mountain, which packed Montage with beer-lovers on Saturday.

  • Nov 14
  • 2015

Brew Fest on Tap at Montage Mountain

Every beer lover's fair share of brews were on tap in Scranton at the lodge at Montage Mountain. The Electric City Craft Brew Fest kicked off Saturday afternoon. Event goers could enjoy more than 100 styles of beers on tap.

  • Sep 13
  • 2015

Happy Warriors: Northeast PA Yoga Festival takes over Montage Mountain

The swimming pools were nearly dry and the ski hills still green, but plenty of energy and activity was still on display at Montage Mountain on Saturday at the first Northeast PA Yoga Festival. The festival is the brainchild of Chelsea Manganaro, the founder of Nearme Yoga in Wilkes-Barre and Moosic. The yogi said she came up with the idea while sipping beers at the Electric City Craft Brew Fest at Montage Mountain this spring.

  • Sep 4
  • 2015

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts celebrates new school

Walking through the new Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts building, school Executive Director Diane LaBelle said it was like moving from a cave to the Taj Mahal. Tuesday morning 580 Charter Arts students will arrive at 312 E. Third St. for their first day of school in the new four-story, $26 million building on South Side Bethlehem.

  • Aug 16
  • 2015

Peach Festival brings music, spectacle to Montage Mountain

Peach Music Festival hit its stride Friday afternoon and evening as the sun-kissed Pavilion at Montage Mountain filled with the sounds of jam bands, edgy folk and psychedelic rock on three stages. The night before, a pair of sets by Dark Star Orchestra and an evening spent under the stars by overnight campers set the tone for a weekend-long love-in of ethereal music.

  • Jul 27
  • 2015

1st annual NEPA Yoga Festival will be held at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Sept. 12

Northeastern Pennsylvania will celebrate National Yoga Month with the first annual NEPA Yoga Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., rain or shine, at Montage Mountain in Scranton. In addition to promoting an overall healthy lifestyle, the festival is focused on yoga. It will offer a diverse array of yoga instruction for every yogi – beginner to advanced level.

  • Apr 19
  • 2015

EC Brew Fest draws record crowd under blue skies

With blue skies and temperatures pushing toward 80 degrees, almost 3,000 people agreed Saturday was a great day for a beer, or several beers, at the Electric City Craft Brew Fest. With still-melting snowpack at Montage Mountain Ski Resort looming in the background, the extraordinary weather caught some off guard.

  • Apr 8
  • 2015

Bethlehem House Gallery to Host the Lehigh Valley Charter Arts Senior Student Art Exhibit

Bethlehem House Gallery, a contemporary art gallery providing innovative art in a variety of contemporary styles, will host the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) for its annual Senior Student Art Exhibit. The exhibit will take place at Bethlehem House Gallery, 459 Main Street, Bethlehem, April 10-May 10, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 10 at 6pm.

  • Apr 7
  • 2015

Bethlehem Economic Growth Spurred by Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

When Hellertown resident Dana Frisk owned a second-hand clothing store in Whitehall Township, customers would regularly ask her to consider opening a shop in Bethlehem. When she learned of an open shop across from the under-construction Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, she jumped at the chance.

  • Apr 1
  • 2015

March accolades at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

Figure skating students at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) passed United States Figure Skating Association Tests earlier this month. Nine Charter Arts theatre majors competed in the PA Shakespeare Festival's High School Competition this month. Senior instrumental music major, Tory Figueroa, was chosen to perform with the PMEA All-State Honors Ensemble in Hershey, Pennsylvania, earlier this month.

  • Mar 27
  • 2015

Frigid winter couldn't dampen region's skiers

Skiers like the cold, generally speaking, but too much of it could keep them indoors. Charles Jefferson, part owner of Montage Mountain, said Presidents Day weekend — most ski resorts’ “bread and butter” — was one of the coldest of the season, which left the mountain all but barren.

  • Mar 22
  • 2015

Last Day of Ski Season Draws Big Crowd to Montage

It’s another sign of spring, despite some new snowfall and chilly temps. Sunday is the last day of skiing for the season at Montage Mountain. Skiers and snowboarders packed the slopes to get in the last few runs of the season. Folks with Montage tell Newswatch 16 everything is open until 9 p.m.

  • Mar 8
  • 2015

Relief from Winter Weather for Skiers, Snowboarders

What a relief it was to feel the warm sunshine Sunday and get outside without having to layer up. Newswatch 16 found skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Montage Mountain in Lackawanna County. Most of this winter has been so cold, people needed to wear extra layers of clothing to keep warm, but not Sunday.

  • Feb 24
  • 2015

Winter Festival Hits Montage Mountain

Lots of folks took a day off from work Tuesday and hit Montage Mountain for a day of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. But all the fun had a purpose. Winter Festival 2015 is an event designed to introduce corporate executives from outside the area to the quality of life northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer.

  • Feb 14
  • 2015

Presidents Day Weekend Celebration at Montage Mountain

The long Presidents Day weekend is usually a big one for ski resorts and Newswatch 16 found Montage Mountain was no exception. Folks filled the slopes for the torchlight parade as part of the resort’s Presidents Day celebration. After the torches lit up the mountain, fireworks brightened the sky as part of the festivities in Lackawanna County.

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