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Edinburg construction figure passes $163 million


For the second consecutive month, construction activities in Edinburg were down, but the year-to-date total remains ahead of last year’s record-breaking pace, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.
Between January and November, total construction in Edinburg passed $163 million, compared to $161 million during the same period in 2004.
For the month of November, total construction activities, which include everything from installing plumbing to building the structures, saw building permits approved for more than $6.7 million in residential and commercial construction, down from more than $12.1 million during the same month last year.
For the month of October, total construction saw building permits approved for more than $8.8 million in residential and commercial construction, down from more than $13.1 million in October 2004.
Jaime Lozano and Ector Casas were issued building permits for November’s largest projects, which were both valued at $250,000.
Lozano received a building permit for construction of a multi-family unit at 713 Logan Drive in the Sprague Landing Subdivision, while Casas was issued a building permit for a single-family residence being built at 211 Conquest Boulevard in the Shea-Val Subdivision. <>
Rafael Selgado received a building permit for the most expensive single-family residence in November, a structure being built at 3120 Hawthorne that is valued at $200,000.
Building permits are permits taken out in order to allow excavation and to protect public safety.
Building permits represent the estimated cost of construction, not the selling price.
A start in construction is defined as the beginning of excavation of the foundation for the building and is composed primarily of residential housing.
A building permit is permission issued by a city’s planning department to oversee and approve any changes to structures.
They are documents designed to guarantee that any construction work, from remodeling to demolition to building a new home or business facility, meets the city’s building codes
The building and repairs of single-family and multi-family homes dominate construction activities in the three-time All-America City.
The building permit values of the 691 new homes, which began construction from January through November 2005, total more than $61.2 million.
By comparison, the city had issued building permits for 790 single-family homes, valued at more than $67.4 million, during the same period in 2004.
For the month of November, the pace of work authorized for 46 single-family homes reached almost $4 million, down from more than $6.7 million for 84 new homes in November 2004.
Those figures do not include the construction of multi-family residential units.
Construction of multi-family residences – duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and apartments – reached almost $2.1 million for 19 buildings for the month of November, down from the almost $2.6 million figure attained for 32 buildings in the same month last year.
Year-to-date, almost $30.9 million worth of work on 320 multi-family homes have been approved for construction, compared to more than $35.8 million between January and November 2004 for 302 multi-family residences.
So far this year, construction has been approved for 258 duplexes, 43 triplexes or fourplexes, and 19 buildings with five or more units. <>
During the same time last year, construction was approved for 230 duplexes, 39 triplexes or fourplexes, and 33 buildings with five or more units.
For the month of November, the value of construction of new commercial buildings was reported at $450,000, down from more than $2.3  million in the same month last year.
Between January and November, the city issued building permits for almost $39.8 million in new commercial facilities, compared to almost $40.1 million during the same period last year.
In 2005, the city has issued building permits for almost $17.5 million in new non-taxable structures, such as government buildings or churches, compared to no permits for such facilities during the same period last year.
No building permits were issued in November for alterations of non-taxable structures, the same as in November 2004.
Year-to-date, the city has issued building permits for alterations, valued at almost $1.6 million on non-taxable structures, down from more than $5.4 million in the same period last year.
In November, alterations for existing commercial buildings reached more than $128,000, compared to $387,000  in the same month last year.
Year-to-date, alterations of commercial buildings total more than $9.4 million, compared to more than $7.9 million during the same period in 2004.
In November, alterations for single-family residences were valued at more than $157,000, compared to more than $60,000 for the same month last year.
Year-to-date, alterations for single-family residences have reached more than $2.6 million, compared to more than $3.3 million during the same period in 2004.
Highlights of construction in November of commercial buildings, not including multi-family residences, valued at $100,000 or more include:
• Ector Casas, 211 Conquest Boulevard ($250,000); and
• Javier García, 1102 N. Closner ($150,000).
Highlights of construction in November of multi-family residences valued at $100,000 or more include:
• Jaime Lozano, 713 Logan Drive ($250,000); <>
• Bordeaux Construction, 413 Pacific Avenue ($195,000);
• Bordeaux Construction, 2302 West Stubbs Street ($195,000);
• Felipe Aguayo, 2320 W. Stubbs Street ($184,000);
• Bordeaux Construction, 2314 W. Stubbs Street  ($182,000);
• Bordeaux Construction, 2308 W. Stubbs Street ($182,000);
• Noeme Maxwell, 1908 Western Drive ($180,000);
• R&R Construction, 2304 Moonlight ($180,000);
• Rubén Gutiérrez, 2224 Moonlight ($150,000);
• José Chapa, 603 Logan Drive ($150,000);
• José Peña, 1703 Phoenix ($140,000); and
• Juan Carlos Velez, 2607 Ft. Brown Avenue ($140,000).
Highlights of construction in November of single-family residences valued at $100,000 or more include:
• Rafael Selgado, 3120 Hawthorne ($200,000);
• Jaime González, 1913 Ariel Lane ($175,000);
• José Peña, 4916 Hummer Lane ($160,000);
• Rey Benavides, 719 Sable Avenue ($150,000);
• Frank Guerrero, 1510 Armagoza ($139,899);
• David Rogers, 2340 Llano Grande Lane ($133,000);
• Joe D. and Norabel Treviño, 5313 N. Expressway 281 ($120,000);
• David Rogers, 2320 Llano Grande Lane ($117,000);
• David Rogers, 3829 Drury Drive ($116,900);
• David Rogers, 2108 Gary Lane ($116,600);
• David Rogers, 2327 Llano Grande Lane ($115,000);
• David Rogers, 1340 Kokopelli Drive ($110,900);
• Delfino Benavidez, 912 Loyola Drive ($110,000);
• David Rogers, 2319 Llano Grande Lane ($105,000);
• Jabed Khan, 312 Glasscock Avenue ($101,000); and
• Marín González, 2720 Sydney Avenue ($100,000).

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By DAVID A. DIAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

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