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Featured, Mayor Richard García, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, signs documents relating to Edinburg municipal business as Myra L. Ayala Garza, City Secretary, reviews his action at the raised platform used for city council, EEDC and Planning and Zoning board meetings. Those public sessions are held in the council chambers at Edinburg City Hall.
Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

With construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through August 2015 totaling almost $86 million, area leaders on Thursday, September 17, gathered at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s latest architectural showpiece – Day Surgery at Renaissance. Day Surgery at Renaissance, located at 5520 Leonardo Davinci, immediately east of Women’s Hospital at Renaissance, is a 90,000 square foot, two-story outpatient surgical center that features eight operating rooms, 40 pre-operative beds, 40 recovery beds, and 10 endoscopy suites. Day Surgery at Renaissance, based on the building permit issued more than a year earlier, in August 2014, by Edinburg’s Code Enforcement Department, represents an investment of $14 million for its construction. As a result, the value of Day Surgery at Renaissance is not included in the year-t0-date total construction figures of almost $86 million for January through August 2015. Ellie M. Torres, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, and who also is a member of the Edinburg school board, was on hand for the 2 p.m. standing-room only event. “This outstanding facility will have significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for our hometown and our neighboring cities,” said Torres. “Along with our other excellent hospitals, physicians, health care professionals, and our University of Texas medical school that will open in the Fall of 2016, Edinburg continues to build on its deserved reputation as a preferred city in which to live, raise a family, work or own a business, and succeed.” 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 Ruppert as Members. Richard García and Agustín García, Jr. are not related. Mayor Richard García noted that Edinburg is blessed with nationally-recognized hospital systems. “In mid-July, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and South Texas Health Systems, which includes Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children’s Hospital, were ranked among the top 20 hospital complexes in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report,” Mayor García said. “Across-the-board, from education to health care, from entertainment to construction, these and other economic development advances continue to lead to new jobs and stronger businesses.” EEDC Board President Iglesias said the city’s construction activities so far this year also reflect strong growth in new homes. “From January through August 2015, Edinburg has seen 223 new single-family homes, valued at more than $31 million, authorized to be built – including 41 homes approved for construction during the month of August alone,” Iglesias reported. “During the same eight months in 2014, there were 199 homes, valued at more than $23.8 million, issued building permits. Those statistics and more reflect the overall strength and consumer confidence that speak volumes about our city’s economy.” EEDC Executive Director Agustín García, Jr. added that Edinburg also benefits from another DHR complex, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Family Medical Center, literally located across Owassa Road but in the city limits of McAllen, which was part of the September 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Day Surgery at Renaissance. “As a direct result of state legislation passed in 2013, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was given the authority and resources to build a full-fledged School of Medicine, with a major presence in Edinburg,” said the EEDC executive director. “But in helping shape the creation of the School of Medicine, the Edinburg mayor, Edinburg City Council, and EEDC Board of Directors always took a regional approach in order for the Valley to stay united and strong in order to make the medical school a reality. “That is what the UTRGV Family Medical Center symbolizes, and Edinburg also benefits as a result.” The Family Medicine Center will serve as a physician training center for family medicine medical residents. That newly-constructed facility will serve as a base for integrated programs of health care and education that are built around a team approach to cover a spectrum of health services, including prevention and treatment.

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Day Surgery at Renaissance opens for business as Edinburg approaches $86 million in construction activities from January through August 2015

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

With construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through August 2015 totaling almost $86 million, area leaders on Thursday, September 17, gathered at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s latest architectural showpiece – Day Surgery at Renaissance.

Day Surgery at Renaissance, located at 5520 Leonardo Davinci, immediately east of Women’s Hospital at Renaissance, is a 90,000 square foot, two-story outpatient surgical center that features eight operating rooms, 40 pre-operative beds, 40 recovery beds, and 10 endoscopy suites.

The medical complex serves as a convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures, focusing on delivering same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures, “in a modern and cost-effective environment,” according to Kelli Owen Quin, Manager of Corporation Communications for DHR.

“Day Surgery at Renaissance will revolutionize the outpatient surgical experience for patients in our community. With all services conventionally located in one building, patients have access to pre-admission testing, laboratory services, imaging, and registration as well as financial counselors and a cafeteria all under one roof,” Quin explained. “Services provided at Day Surgery at Renaissance will include gastroenterology, endoscopy, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic and hand surgery, and urology.”

Day Surgery at Renaissance, based on the building permit issued more than a year earlier, in August 2014, by Edinburg’s Code Enforcement Department, represents an investment of $14 million for its construction.

As a result, the value of Day Surgery at Renaissance is not included in the year-t0-date total construction figures of almost $86 million for January through August 2015.

A building permit includes the estimated value of the work, but does not include the costs of the lot, equipment and furnishings.

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.

Ellie M. Torres, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, and who also is a member of the Edinburg school board, was on hand for the 2 p.m. standing-room only event.

“This outstanding facility will have significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for our hometown and our neighboring cities,” said Torres. “Along with our other excellent hospitals, physicians, health care professionals, and our University of Texas medical school that will open in the Fall of 2016, Edinburg continues to build on its deserved reputation as a preferred city in which to live, raise a family, work or own a business, and succeed.”

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

MAYOR GARCÍA: EDINBURG HOSPITAL SYSTEMS MAKE NATIONAL RANKINGS

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 Ruppert as Members.

Richard García and Agustín García, Jr. are not related.

Torres, along with Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr., McAllen Mayor Jim Darling (who also serves as DHR general counsel), and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya were among the business, medical, and community leaders who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Day Surgery at Renaissance.

Mayor Richard García noted that Edinburg is blessed with nationally-recognized hospital systems.

“In mid-July, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and South Texas Health Systems, which includes Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children’s Hospital, were ranked among the top 20 hospital complexes in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report,” Mayor García said. “Across-the-board, from education to health care, from entertainment to construction, these and other economic development advances continue to lead to new jobs and stronger businesses.”

EEDC Board President Iglesias said the city’s construction activities so far this year also reflect strong growth in new homes.

“From January through August 2015, Edinburg has seen 223 new single-family homes, valued at more than $31 million, authorized to be built – including 41 homes approved for construction during the month of August alone,” Iglesias reported. “During the same eight months in 2014, there were 199 homes, valued at more than $23.8 million, issued building permits. Those statistics and more reflect the overall strength and consumer confidence that speak volumes about our city’s economy.”

WHAT IS GOOD FOR EDINBURG IS GOOD FOR THE VALLEY

EEDC Executive Director Agustín García, Jr. added that Edinburg also benefits from another DHR complex, the 45,000 square-foot University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Family Medical Center, literally located across Owassa Road but in the city limits of McAllen, which was part of the September 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Day Surgery at Renaissance.

“As a direct result of state legislation passed in 2013, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was given the authority and resources to build a full-fledged School of Medicine, with a major presence in Edinburg,” said the EEDC executive director. “But in helping shape the creation of the School of Medicine, the Edinburg mayor, Edinburg City Council, and EEDC Board of Directors always took a regional approach in order for the Valley to stay united and strong in order to make the medical school a reality.
That is what the UTRGV Family Medical Center symbolizes, and Edinburg also benefits as a result.”

The Family Medicine Center is part of DHR’s South Campus, which is located adjacent to the DHR’s sprawling series of hospitals, medical centers, and medical offices in Edinburg.

The Family Medicine Center will serve as a physician training center for family medicine medical residents. That newly-constructed facility will serve as a base for integrated programs of health care and education that are built around a team approach to cover a spectrum of health services, including prevention and treatment.

“I am excited about the opening of the Family Medicine Center and DHR’s commitment to the success of the UTRGV School of Medicine faculty, medical residents, and medical students – a commitment we share,” said Dr. Francisco Fernández, founding Dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine. “Together, we can significantly enhance our clinical, educational, and research affiliations into the future for the good of the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

In collaboration with UTRGV, the Family Medicine Center medical residency program will focus on comprehensive, family-oriented care, including services for the Valley’s underserved population, according to UTRGV and DHR officials.

Physicians will be trained by other health care professionals to provide team-based, collaborative, integrated education and healthcare to meet the goals of the expanding health care system. Once UTRGV medical students graduate and earn their physician license, the next step is to choose a speciality. For those who take their medical residency programs at the Family Medicine Center, they will be able to specialize in family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, or obstetrics.

“The opening of the Family Medicine Center is an important step both in expanding health care in the Rio Grande Valley and in our partnership with DHR,” said UTRGV founding President Guy Bailey. “We are very enthusiastic about the possibilities going forward.”

MORE ON DAY SURGERY AT RENAISSANCE

Day Surgery at Renaissance will use state-of-the-art equipment to deliver a multitude of services to better serve its patients, DHR officials emphasized during the September 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“For example, an innovative new device will be used to better evaluate and monitor acid reflux in their patients. The device features a monitoring capsule placed on the esophagus, providing a patient-friendly test for acid reflex,” Quin noted. “This new monitor is catheter-free, allowing patients to maintain their regular activities, sleep patterns, and diet while providing a convenient wait to evaluate heartburn symptoms.”

With this new equipment, physicians are able to collect a more comprehensive report of important information about the patient’s health, which can lead to a faster diagnosis and more treatment options, she added.

Day Surgery at Renaissance will be the only facility in Hidalgo County, and one of only two hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, using this device.

“Another new machine that will be used at Day Surgery at Renaissance will feature video processing for advance endoscopic procedures,” Quin continued. “The machine’s unprecedented processing capabilities deliver outstanding image quality enabling the physician to operate with greater detail, sharpness and clarity.”

This new technology will facilitate more accurate diagnosis and treatment, she said. For patients, this means physicians will be able to provide efficient surgical while minimizing discomfort, which can lead to improved post-operative success.

Day Surgery at Renaissance also features spacious, comfortable waiting areas and a children’s playroom. Services will be streamlined and efficient, with less wait times and more parking.

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES TO LEAD ALL EDINBURG CATEGORIES

From January through August 2015, building permits valued at $85,815,374.00 were issued by the city, compared with $94,038,025.00 for the same period in 2014.

For the month of August 2015, building permits valued at $7,260,690.00 were issued, compared with building permits valued at $20,207,440.00 for August 2014.

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

$31,221,922.00 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$22,098,905.00 – Non-Taxable New/Alterations (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine);
$12,633,728.00 – Commercial New Construction;
$10,453,135.00 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,029,356.00 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction; and
$4,378,328.00 – Residential Alterations.

The top categories in Edinburg for August 2015 were:

$5,825,640.00 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$461,917.00 – Residential Alterations;
$441,850.00 – Commercial Alterations;
$375,000.00 – Commercial New Construction;
$120,000.00 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;and
$36,283.00 – Non-Taxable New/Alterations (government, religious, but not including UT-RGV or its School of Medicine).

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 223 single-family residences have been approved for construction from January through August 2015, compared with 199 single-family residences during the same eight-month period in 2014.

For the month of August 2015, building permits were issued for 41 single-family residences, compared with 15 single-family residences in August 2014.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to apartment complexes of five or more units, totaled 67 units approved for construction from January to August 2015, compared with 188 units for the same period in 2014.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For August 2015, there were 41 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 $38,800 to $500,000, and represented a total value of $5,825,640.00.

Of the 41 single-family residences issued building permits, 32 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:

$500,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC, 4909 Oxford St., Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$225,000 – Paisano Construction, 2114 Fuente De Gozo, Villa Las Fuentes Subdivision;
$220,825 – Bellaire Hagen, LTD., 3914 Revilla, Valencia Subdivision;
$207,900 –Badir Arizpe, 4812 Nevis Drive, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$191,675 – Lord I. González, 1306 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$189,970 – Infinity Custom Construction, LLC, 4912 Juno Drive, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$182,490 – Babajide Osaufuyi, 2511 Jordan Dr., Hacienda Las Fuentes Subdivision;
$180,000 – Ramón Mejiá, 620 Dawson Drive, Acres Bonitos Subdivision;
$177,385 – Guzmán Construction, LLC, 3707 Ebro Dr., Hacienda Las Fuentes Subdivision;
$171,160 – Juan M. Rivas, 1208 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$170,500 – Roldan Castro, 2319 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$160,000 – Lord I. González, 5011 August Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$160,000 – Robert Ramírez, 1016 N. McColl Rd., Tex Mex Railway Survey Subdivision;
$153,205 –Manuel Garza, 2309 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$146,190 – McKenny Glenn Inc., 1913 Majella St., Valencia Ph. I Sec II-C Subdivision;
$145,255 – Dolcan Construction, 1406 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley Ph. II Subdivision;
$145,090 – Óscar Cantú Dolcan Construction, 1410 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$141,350 – Edna Ríos, 2515 Gregg Drive, Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$140,415 –Dean Chávez, 2202 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$140,000 – Vicente Solar, 2401 Gregg Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$137,225 – Noé Salazar, 1912 Amos St., The Village at Los Lagos Subdivision;
$135,000 – Javier García, 3813 Amando St., Wisconsin Subdivision;
$130,000 – Mike Méndez, 5104 Gisselle St., Wisteria Heights Subdivision;
$129,580 – OC Construction, 1405 Sparrow Ln, Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$127,655 – West Wind Homes, 1904 Nitsche Dr., Fairhaven Heights Subdivision;
$127,655 – West Wind Homes, 1910 Hanna, Fairhaven Heights Ph 4 Subdivision;
$123,200 – West Wind Homes, 2002 Nitsche Dr., Fairhaven Heights Ph 4 Subdivision;
$120,000 – Óscar García, 3320 Prestwick St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$117,820 – Blas Torres, Jr., 3035 Floresta St., Foresta Subdivision;
$114,750 – Martín Villanueva Construction, 2316 Radiant Lane Subdivision;
$114,705 – Martín Villanueva Construction, 2315 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$103,180 – Leticia Trejo, 1619 Look Out Dr., Northwind Subdivision; and
$101,950 –Julieta Nuñez, 3619 Stratospher Dr., Stratospher Estates Subdivision;

Commercial New Construction

For August 2015, there was one new commercial construction project, valued at $100,000 or higher (not including the price of the lot), which was issued a building 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:

$375,000 – First Hartford Realty Corp, 601 E. Trenton Rd., Crosspoint Business Park Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction/Addition/Remodel

For August 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:

$120,000 – Novellini Construction and Development, 415 Pirul, Torres Del Sol Ph. 1 Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For August 2015, there were no residential additions/repairs projects, valued at $100,000 or higher issued a building permit by the city.

However, there were 57 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $300 to $35,000, for a total value of $461,917.00.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For August 2015, there were 22 commercial additions/repairs which were issue building permits by the city.

Those building permits ranged from $300 to $140,000, and represented a total value of $441,850.

Of the 22 commercial additions/repairs issued building permits, only one was for work valued at more than $100,000.

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

$140,000 – Rainbow Pizza, 1522 W. University Drive, Cheyenne Commercial Park Subdivision.

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