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East River Awarded the Prestigious 2024 Scenic Star Award by Scenic Houston


May 23, 2024

Midway’s East River is honored to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Scenic Star Award by Scenic Houston. This accolade recognizes East River's commitment to enhancing the visual quality of Houston's public spaces through innovative and thoughtful design.


Scenic Houston’s Scenic Star Award is bestowed annually to a local entity that significantly contributes to the aesthetic improvement of the local environment. East River has been acknowledged for its transformative impact on Houston’s East End and Historic Fifth Ward, integrating sustainable practices and community-focused initiatives that foster a vibrant, visually appealing urban area.


"We are thrilled to receive the 2024 Scenic Star Award and are proud of our team's hard work and dedication to creating a space that not only transforms Houston’s waterfront east of downtown but also aligns with Scenic Houston’s vision of beauty and sustainability," said David Hightower, Executive Vice President of Investment and Development at Midway." This recognition reaffirms our commitment to developing a project that the community can be proud of and enjoy for generations to come."


East River's development strategy focuses on inclusivity and sustainability, incorporating green spaces, public art installations, and pedestrian-friendly pathways that enhance the scenic value of the area. The project's innovative design and architecture have set a new standard for urban development in Houston.


“Scenic Houston is honored to spotlight the East River project and provide stakeholders and leaders with a model project for how future developments can enhance and increase the beauty and economic development of our city,” said Andrea French. Executive Director of Scenic Houston. “We hope to see more investments like this that build on the history of our great city while incorporating new designs and developments that infuse spaces with better function and beauty.”


The award was officially presented at the Scenic Houston Awards Ceremony at The Laura multifamily community at East River. The event gathered city officials, community leaders, and industry stakeholders who share a commitment to enhancing Houston's urban landscape. David Hightower and Anna Deans from Midway’s Investment and Development team accepted the award on behalf of East River. Ms. Deans toured attendees around the property, showcasing the project's unique features and future plans. 


Midway has a history of receiving accolades for its impactful projects. East River was recently honored with a Houston Business Journal 2024 Landmark Award, recognizing its significant contribution to Houston's real estate landscape. Additionally, Midway's Chairman and CEO, Brad Freels, was named the 2019 Scenic Visionary by Scenic Houston for his outstanding efforts in improving Houston's public spaces and livability.


For more information about East River and ongoing initiatives, please visit





Midway’s East River is one of the most impactful urban revitalizations for a generation in Houston’s urban core. East River’s 150 acres of carefully designed, multi-phase, mixed-use development will transform the city’s waterfront east of downtown into a new economic center. Designed to grow and evolve through multiple phases, East River is ideally positioned to serve a wide range of residents, innovative and globally competitive companies, cutting-edge retail and restaurant concepts, and a host of institutional, educational and recreational opportunities. The project’s early phases of development set the tone for a world-class collection of districts by focusing on connecting Houston’s urban fabric to central greenspaces, active transportation, upgraded infrastructure and an impressive mile of waterfront along Buffalo Bayou.


East River is developed by Midway and managed by Parkway. For more information visit To stay up-to-date on East River’s progress, follow along on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.