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Edinburg’s construction activities

Featured, from left: Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Councilmember Richard Molina; Mark Iglesias, President, EEDC Board of Directors; and Mayor Richard García, Member, EEDC Board of Directors, in the Edinburg City Council Chambers at Edinburg City Hall on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

The combined value of permits issued for construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through July 2015 totaled more than $78 million, compared with almost $74 million during the same period last year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. A building permit includes the estimated value of the work, but does not include the price of the lot. In general, a building permit is legal permission given by the City of Edinburg to erect, construct, renovate, maintain, or conduct any other specified activity on any building or structure, or on any installations or facilities therein. The term “building permit” includes but is not limited to building permits, electrical permits, mechanical permits, and plumbing permits. The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Rupert as Members. The latest figures do not include the more than $107 million for new construction projects, approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, which are scheduled to begin this year or which have been authorized this year. UT-RGV, formerly known as UT-Pan American, is a state entity, so the city does not issue building permits or include the value of any construction at the university campus in the data put together by Edinburg’s Code Enforcement Department. “On Thursday, May 14, the UT System Board of Regents gave final permission for the release of funding and of design development for a $70 million, 115,000-square-foot addition to the Science Building at UT-RGV in Edinburg, and that facility, which will be the largest on campus, is set to begin construction this December,” said Mayor García. “A few weeks ago, on Wednesday, August 19, the UT System Board of Regents agreed to begin the process that will lead to the construction of a $37.6 million, 77,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Engineering and Academic Studies Building for the Edinburg campus.” In addition, the UT System Board of Regents on August 19 gave the go-ahead for UT System officials to negotiate the purchase of 53 acres, located at the southeast quadrant of North Sugar Road and West Chapin Street in Edinburg, from Norquest Family Holdings, Ltd., for “future campus expansion”, the mayor noted. EEDC Board President Iglesias said the Edinburg City Council and the EEDC Board of Directors continue to significantly influence the growth of the local economy with their legislative and public policy strategies, such as lobbying the UT System Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature for more state resources for UT-RGV and the UT-RGV School of Medicine in Edinburg. “The EEDC Board of Directors, the Mayor and City Council work as partners, not only with each other, but with our legislative delegations in Austin and Washington, D.C., with our business and community leaders in our city, and especially with our citizens to set high goals and surpass them,” said Iglesias. “With more economic prosperity and investments, such as these incredible advances in higher education, we will continue to see key growth in construction of homes and businesses in Edinburg.” EEDC Executive Director Agustín García, Jr. (no relation to the mayor), said part of Edinburg’s successes is the determination of the elected and appointed leadership in the community to shape state and national policies, on their own or with other regional and statewide groups, for the benefit of the local economy. “Border security, health care, immigration, job creation, they are all important for the city’s prosperity and quality-of-life, and wherever the decisions on such issues are being made that affect us, from the county courthouse to the state and U.S. capitols, we make sure that we are part of the solution,” said the EEDC Executive Director. “That vision and direction come from the EEDC Board of Directors, the Mayor and the Edinburg City Council, who consult with our citizens, and we see the fruits of their labor throughout Edinburg.” From January through July 2015, building permits valued at $78,554,684 were issued by the city, compared with $73,830,585 for the same period in 2014. The top categories in Edinburg from January to July 2015 were: $25,396,282 – Single-Family Residences New Construction; $22,062,622 – Non-Taxable New Alterations (government, religious, but not including UT-RGV) $12,258,728 – Commercial New Construction; $10,011,285 – Commercial Alterations; $4,909,356 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction; and $3,916,411 – Residential Alterations.

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Edinburg’s construction activities from January through July 2015 total $78.5 million, ahead of pace over same period in 2014, announces EEDC

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

The combined value of permits issued for construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through July 2015 totaled more than $78 million, compared with almost $74 million during the same period last year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

A building permit includes the estimated value of the work, but does not include the price of the lot.

In general, a building permit is legal permission given by the City of Edinburg to erect, construct, renovate, maintain, or conduct any other specified activity on any building or structure, or on any installations or facilities therein. The term “building permit” includes but is not limited to building permits, electrical permits, mechanical permits, and plumbing permits.

The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Rupert as Members .

The latest figures do not include the more than $107 million for new construction projects, approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, which are scheduled to begin this year or which have been authorized this year.

UT-RGV, formerly known as UT-Pan American, is a state entity, so the city does not issue building permits or include the value of any construction at the university campus in the data put together by Edinburg’s Code Enforcement Department.

“On Thursday, May 14, the UT System Board of Regents gave final permission for the release of funding and of design development for a $70 million, 115,000-square-foot addition to the Science Building at UT-RGV in Edinburg, and that facility, which will be the largest on campus, is set to begin construction this December,” said Mayor García. “A few weeks ago, on Wednesday, August 19, the UT System Board of Regents agreed to begin the process that will lead to the construction of a $37.6 million, 77,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Engineering and Academic Studies Building for the Edinburg campus.”

In addition, the UT System Board of Regents on Wednesday, August 19 gave the go-ahead for UT System officials to negotiate the purchase of 53 acres, located at the southeast quadrant of North Sugar Road and West Chapin Street in Edinburg, from Norquest Family Holdings, Ltd., for “future campus expansion,” the mayor noted.

EEDC Board President Iglesias said the Edinburg City Council and the EEDC Board of Directors continue to significantly influence the growth of the local economy with their legislative and public policy strategies, such as lobbying the UT System Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature for more state resources for UT-RGV and the UT-RGV School of Medicine in Edinburg.

“The EEDC Board of Directors, the Mayor and City Council work as partners, not only with each other, but with our legislative delegations in Austin and Washington, D.C., with our business and community leaders in our city, and especially with our citizens to set high goals and surpass them,” said Iglesias. “With more economic prosperity and investments, such as these incredible advances in higher education, we will continue to see key growth in construction of homes and businesses in Edinburg.”

EEDC Executive Director Agustín García, Jr. (no relation to the mayor), said part of Edinburg’s successes is the determination of the elected and appointed leadership in the community to shape state and national policies, on their own or with other regional and statewide groups, for the benefit of the local economy.

“Border security, health care, immigration, job creation, they are all important for the city’s prosperity and quality-of-life, and wherever the decisions on such issues are being made that affect us, from the county courthouse to the state and U.S. capitols, we make sure that we are part of the solution,” said the EEDC Executive Director. “That vision and direction come from the EEDC Board of Directors, the Mayor and the Edinburg City Council, who consult with our citizens, and we see the fruits of their labor throughout Edinburg.”

NEW HOMES, BUSINESS FACILITIES REPRESENT TOP CATEGORIES

From January through July 2015, building permits valued at $78,554,684 were issued by the city, compared with $73,830,585 for the same period in 2014.

For the month of July 2015, building permits valued at $13,330,130 were issued, compared with building permits valued at $17,045,690 for July 2014.

The top categories in Edinburg from January to July 2015 were:

$25,396,282 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$22,062,622 – Non-Taxable New Alterations (government, religious, but not including UT-RGV);$12,258,728 – Commercial New Construction;
$10,011,285 – Commercial Alterations;
$4,909,356 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction; and
$3,916,411 – Residential Alterations.

The top categories in Edinburg for July 2015 were:

$6,068,106 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,126,145 – Commercial New Construction;
$2,131,770 – Commercial Alterations;
$1,267,156 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$691,953 – Residential Alterations; and
$45,000 – Non-Taxable New Alterations (government, religious, but not including UT-RGV).

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 182 single-family residences have been approved for construction from January through July 2015, compared with 184 single-family residences during the same seven-month period in 2014.

For the month of July 2015, building permits were issued for 45 single-family residences, compared with 28 single-family residences in July 2014.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to apartment complexes of five or more units, totaled 63 units approved for construction from January to July 2015, compared with 181 units for the same period in 2014.

JULY 2015 CITY BUILDING PERMITS, $100,000 AND HIGHER

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For July 2015, there were 45 single-family residences which were issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $15,900 to $250,000, and represented a total value of $6,068,106.

Of the 45 single-family residences issued building permits, 34 of them were for construction each valued at $100,000 or higher.

The $100,000+ building permits follow by value of the construction, name of the owner(s,), address, and subdivision:

$250,000 – Jacob and Jonathan Innovative Const., 4820 June Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$235,000 – Tony J. Abreo, 4911 Sheffield Street, Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$224,700 – Noé Ramos, Jr., 2521 West Schunior, Original Townsite Subdivision;
$200,000 – Jack McClelland, 3113 Page Ave, West Meadows UT 2 Subdivision;
$218,460 – Verturo Interests LLC, 4904 Nevis Drive, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$217,740 – Verturo Interests LLC, 1109 July, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$213,420 – Ramiro Solis RSCK Inc., 1412 May Drive, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$200,000 – Anna Briales, 5105 June Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$190,000 – Sanjeev Sharma, 4903 Oxford Street, Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$180,000 – Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate, 1903 Rochester Avenue, Madison Park Ph. I Subdivision;
$177,870 – Demetrio and Irma Cantú, 3501 Lerma Drive, Salva Tierra Subdivision;
$165,780 – Yolanda Doria, 5103 Nevis Drive, Summerset Subdivision;
$158,950 – McKenny Glenn Inc., 1914 Majella, Valencia Ph. I Sec. II-C Subdivision;
$157,080 – Cynthia García , 5002 Nevis Dr., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$154,260 – José Cavazos, 2219 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$153,636 – Camino Real Builders, 2107 Snapper Drive, White Rock Estates Ameded Subdivision;
$150,000 – Jorge Marín, 603 Orange Avenue, 281 Estates Subdivision;
$150,000 – Karina Vergara, 2313 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$150,000 – Roque Becerra, 19o8 Mary Street, Citrus Estates Ph. II Subdivision;
$144,960 – Camino Real Builders, 2510 Gregg Drive, Regal Vista Subdivision;
$144,815 – Rubén Gutiérrez, 1360 Patsy Cline Drive, Chapins Corner Subdivision;
$134,900 – Lord I. González, 5012 June Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$130,000 – Raúl Sesin SEP LLC/Raul Sesin, 219 Las Vegas Drive, Stratospher Estates Subdivision;
$130,000 – Roy Rodríguez , 317 Las Vegas, Stratospher Estates Subdivision;
$129,915 – West Wind Homes, 1913 Hannah Drive, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$129,915 – West Wind Homes, 2603 Singletary Drive, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$127,600 – West Wind Homes, 1913 Nitsche Drive, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$125,015 – Genaro Cantú, 3812 Lori Morgan Drive, Chapins Corner Subdivision;
$124,920 – West Wind Homes, 1907 Hannah Drive, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$116,325 – Jorge Cavazos, 5316 Shalom Drive, Tierra Santa Estates Subdivision;
$110,000 – Noemí Galindo, 3618 Los Lagos Drive, Los Lagos Ph. 3 Subdivision;
$100,800 – West Wind Homes, 1905 Nitsche Drive, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision; and
$100,000 – José Martínez , 2009 Glendale Drive, Emerald Pointe Estates Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For July 2015, there were four new commercial construction projects which were issued building permits by the city.

Those building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $131,145 to $2,500,000, and represented a total value of $3,126,145.

The $100,000+ building permits follow by value of the construction, name of the owner(s,), address, and subdivision:

$2,500,000 – Palm Valley Animal Center, 2451 N. U.S. Expressway 281, Boys & Girls Club Subdivision;
$250,000 – René Castellaños, 4817 South Jackson Road, Bently Estates Subdivision.
$245,000 – Raúl Hernández, TDB Properties, 4104 Crosspoint Blvd., Crosspoint Business Subdivision; and
$131,145 – Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, 2821 Michelangelo Drive, Ste. 203, Doctors Center Phase 2 Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction/Addition/Remodel

For July 2015, there was one new multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel project, valued at $100,000 or higher (not including the price of the lot), which was issued a building permit by the city. It was the only such building permit in that category authorized that month.

That building permit follows by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$1,267,156 – Professional Drive Apartments, LLC, 4504 Professional Drive,Kelly-Pharr Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For July 2015, there were 52 residential additions/repairs which were issue building permits by the city.

Those building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $120 to $250,000, and represented a total value of $691,953.

Of the 52 residential additions/repairs issued building permits, one of them was for construction valued at $100,000 or higher:

$250,000 – Arturo Díaz, 2903 Lake Shore Drive, Lake James Subdivision.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For July 2015, there were 44 commercial additions/repairs which were issue building permits by the city.

Those building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $400 to $1,600,000, and represented a total value of $2,131,770.

Of the 44 commercial additions/repairs issued building permits, two of them were for construction valued at $100,000 or higher:

$1,600,000 – Santana Textiles LLC, 6590 Republic Drive, North Industrial Park Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Mary G. and Jessica M. Lozano, 1217 S. Closner Blvd., Country Club Place Subdivision.

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For more information on the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the City of Edinburg, please log on to http://edinburgedc.com or to http://www.facebook.com/edinburgedc

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