Jack Pollin, 87, a general contractor who built and owned several apartment buildings in the Washington area, died Saturday at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He had cancer.

Mr. Pollin had left his home in Silver Spring to live with a daughter in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., the day before his death. He was stricken during the night and was taken to a hospital in nearby Poughkeepsie.

A native of Russia, Mr. Pollin came to the United States in 1909. The family lived in Chicago, where Mr. Pollin was a sheet metal mechanic and foreman. He was active in the union movement there.

In 1929, he moved to Philadelphia and worked as a distributor of bakery goods. In 1937, he moved to Washington. He operated a sheet metal shop at 21st and K streets NW and a delicatessen and tavern at Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

In 1942, Mr. Pollin began his carreer as a general contractor and property owner. Over the years, he built about 245 apartment units and several single-family homes. He also built a fine arts building at Gallaudet College and did several jobs for the D.C. government.

He was a member of the National association of Home and the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie, of Chevy Chase; a son, Albert, of Kensington; a daughter, Naomi Zucker of Wappingers Falls; two brothers, Harry, of Takoma Park, and Dan, of Hollywood, Fla.; two sisters, Rebecca Cooper of Rockville, and Gertrude Richman of Washington, and seven grandchildren.