HOUSTON, April 15, 2009 — The Jack Blanton Community Center at Yellowstone Academy, a 10,700-square-foot activity center developed by Midway Companies, a Houston-based privately owned, fully integrated real estate development and investment firm, received the 2009 Landmark Award for Community Impact from the Houston Business Journal. The announcement was made by Brad Freels, chairman and CEO of Midway Companies.
The Landmark Awards recognize commercial real estate projects and developments that make a significant impact on the Houston real estate landscape. All projects eligible to receive Landmark Awards must be substantially completed and financially viable, as well as environmentally friendly and a value-add to the community. Midway was selected from a pool of 41 finalists.
Completed in December 2008, the Jack Blanton Community Center at Yellowstone Academy is a 10,700-square-foot, state-of-art activity center that contains a multi-purpose gymnasium, volleyball court, additional classroom facilities and an event center for after-school programs. The center is housed in a reclaimed metal building that was donated and redeveloped by Midway Companies. Yellowstone Academy is a non-profit private school formed to meet the educational needs of low-income, inner-city children.
“We are honored to have taken part in this wonderful project,” said Freels. “The center serves as a haven for children and families throughout the community, and we are thrilled that it has been recognized as an impactful, beneficial and useful resource.”
The Jack Blanton Community Center at Yellowstone Academy was honored at a ceremony on April 8, 2009 at the InterContinental Hotel, and was featured in the April 10, 2009 edition of the Houston Business Journal.
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Established in 2002, Yellowstone Academy is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of establishing high quality, faith-based private education for students living in Houston’s inner city. After acquiring an educational property Houston’s Third Ward, Yellowstone Academy officially opened for classes in August 2006. It currently has 256 students in pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thand 5th grades.
Houston-based Midway Companies is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate development and investment firm that has provided the highest level of quality, service and value to its clients and investors for more than 40 years. The Midway portfolio of projects completed and/or under way consists of approximately 32 million square feet of properties in 22 states and Northern Mexico ranging from office and industrial facilities, corporate headquarters, mixed-use centers, business and industrial parks, medical facilities, manufacturing facilities, and master-planned resort and residential communities. Since its inception in 1968, Midway has created projects of distinction, aesthetic relevance and enduring value for its investor partners, clients and local communities.