Supporting sustainability and wellness is at the core of our development strategy, and we're proud to partner with LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, WiredScore,the International WELL Building Institute, Teal’s iPlant, and more at East River.
In collaboration with the Fifth Ward Redevelopment Authority, East River will serve as a new gateway enriching the lives of an already deeply historic and proud community.
The story of East River is as old as can-do Houston itself. On the shores of Buffalo Bayou, called Buffalo River back then, Houston was founded and formed.
By the turn of the 20th century, the city grew westward and the present-day East River site became home to the Merchants and Planters Oil Company, owned by William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice Institute. But a series of dramatic events in quick succession—the great Galveston hurricane of 1900 and a fire that destroyed the mill—changed the fate of the area.
But by the second decade of the 21st century, the once bustling campus lay dormant, awaiting a new wave of innovators. Now, opportunity and fortune have found the site again and a new chapter in this storied landscape’s history begins.