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Construction in Edinburg for January 2016 off to big start, topping $36 million in value, with soccer stadium and multi-family complex leading the way

Featured: Letty Reyes, Director of Business Development & Public Affairs, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Dalila Razo, Business Manager, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos; Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; and Diego Reyna, Research Analyst, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. This image was taken at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Thursday, January 21, 2016, during the public affairs luncheon sponsored by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg totaled more than $36 million for January 2016, almost five times higher than the same month in 2015, with the 9,400-seat stadium that will be home to the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros professional soccer team coming in as the most valuable project, after it was issued a building permit for work priced at $16.8 million, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. The soccer stadium, which still has not been given a name, is being built on a 37-acre site, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, which issues all building permits. The second-most significant construction project approved for a building permit in January 2016 was a 168-unit multi-family housing complex, worth more than $9.7 million, located at 4604 South Sugar Road, next to the Edinburg Regional Medical Center/Edinburg Children’s Hospital. Located on a 9.77 acre site, this multi-family housing development, a project of Greenpoint Developers, LLC, is the latest addition to a growing and modern residential region that now includes The Villages at Sugar Road, the Bridges at Edinburg, which is an assisted living community, and the residential Summerset Estates and Summerfield Manor. Kamaldeep Gill was issued a building permit by the city in January 2016 valued at $2.1 million for a 50-room MainStay Suites, an extended stay hotel, to be located on a 10-acre site next to the Comfort Inn. Both hotels, which are part of Choice Hotels International, are immediately west of The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley. The address for both the Comfort Inn and the MainStay Suites is 4001 S. Business Highway 281 in the Comfort Subdivision. 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. 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. During January 2016, building permits for work valued at $36,212,106 were issued by the city, compared with $7,279,701 in January 2015. The top categories in Edinburg during January 2016 were: $19,240,000 – Commercial New Construction; $9,994,464 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction; $5,885,185 – Single-Family Residences New Construction; $935,200 – Commercial Alterations; $140,075 – Residential Alterations; and $17,000 – 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). Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 45 single-family residences were approved for construction in January 2016, compared with 13 single-family residences during the same month in 2015. For the month of January 2016, building permits were issued for 27 additions/remodels of single-family residences, compared with 50 in January 2015. Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 176 units approved for construction in January 2016, compared with 20 units in January 2015. On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, plans for the soccer stadium now under construction were first unveiled with the announcement that the United Soccer League (USL) awarded its 25th franchise to Alonzo Cantú, owner of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The club, known as RGVFC Toros, will serve as the hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo. RGVFC is slated to kick off later this spring. The soccer stadium, which is modeled after the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, is located at the intersection of East Freddy González Drive and South Raúl Longoria Road. “The USL is proud and excited to welcome RGVFC to our league,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said during last summer’s announcement. “We have great confidence in Alonzo Cantú, who has a proven track record in business and professional sports in the Rio Grande Valley. This vibrant economic market with a population of 1.3 million enjoys a long tradition in soccer. RGVFC is a first-class sports organization that will treat the passionate south Texas soccer fans to a state-of-the-art 9,400-seat soccer-specific stadium which surely will become a source of pride for the region.”

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Construction in Edinburg for January 2016 off to big start, topping $36 million in value, with soccer stadium and multi-family complex leading the way

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg totaled more than $36 million for January 2016, almost five times higher than the same month in 2015, with the 9,400-seat stadium that will be home to the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros professional soccer team coming in as the most valuable project, after it was issued a building permit for work priced at $16.8 million, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

The soccer stadium, which still has not been given a name, is being built on a 37-acre site, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, which issues all building permits.

The second-most significant construction project approved for a building permit in January 2016 was a 168-unit multi-family housing complex, worth more than $9.7 million, located at 4604 South Sugar Road, next to the Edinburg Regional Medical Center/Edinburg Children’s Hospital.

Located on a 9.77 acre site, this multi-family housing development, a project of Greenpoint Developers, LLC, is the latest addition to a growing and modern residential region that now includes The Villages at Sugar Road, the Bridges at Edinburg, which is an assisted living community, and the residential Summerset Estates and Summerfield Manor.

Kamaldeep Gill was issued a building permit by the city in January 2016 valued at $2.1 million for a 50-room MainStay Suites, an extended stay hotel, to be located on a 10-acre site next to the Comfort Inn. Both hotels, which are part of Choice Hotels International, are immediately west of The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley. The address for both the Comfort Inn and the MainStay Suites is 4001 S. Business Highway 281 in the Comfort Subdivision.

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.

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.

During January 2016, building permits for work valued at $36,212,106 were issued by the city, compared with $7,279,701 in January 2015.

The top categories in Edinburg during January 2016 were:

$19,240,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$9,994,464 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$5,885,185 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$935,200 – Commercial Alterations;
$140,075 – Residential Alterations; and
$17,000 – 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).

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 45 single-family residences were approved for construction in January 2016, compared with 13 single-family residences during the same month in 2015.

For the month of January 2016, building permits were issued for 27 additions/remodels of single-family residences, compared with 50 in January 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 176 units approved for construction in January 2016, compared with 20 units in January 2015.

SOCCER STADIUM FIRST ANNOUNCED IN JULY 2015

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, plans for the soccer stadium now under construction were first unveiled with the announcement that the United Soccer League (USL) awarded its 25th franchise to Alonzo Cantú, owner of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The club, known as RGVFC Toros, will serve as the hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo. RGVFC is slated to kick off later this spring.

The stadium, which is modeled after the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, is located at the intersection of East Freddy González Drive and South Raúl Longoria Road.

“The USL is proud and excited to welcome RGVFC to our league,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said during last summer’s announcement. “We have great confidence in Alonzo Cantú, who has a proven track record in business and professional sports in the Rio Grande Valley. This vibrant economic market with a population of 1.3 million enjoys a long tradition in soccer. RGVFC is a first-class sports organization that will treat the passionate south Texas soccer fans to a state-of-the-art 9,400-seat soccer-specific stadium which surely will become a source of pride for the region.”

RGVFC’s majority owner is no stranger to the hybrid affiliation model. Over eight seasons, he has overseen one of the NBA D-League’s most successful franchises. In 2009, Cantú and the Houston Rockets pioneered the concept of hybrid affiliation in the NBA. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers boast two championships (2010 and 2013), one coach of the year award winner and two MVPs. They also rank near the top of the league in average attendance, and the front office has received multiple league awards.

“Today is an exciting day for the Rio Grande Valley. Our ownership is proud to bring a United Soccer League franchise to the Valley. As the fastest growing sports league in the country, the USL is a perfect fit for our rapidly growing region,” RGVFC’s Bert García said. “We are also excited about our partnership with the Houston Dynamo. RGVFC and the Dynamo are the first professional soccer franchises to operate under hybrid affiliation. The model has proven successful in this region and we look forward to kick off next spring.”

The USL is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league below Major League Soccer (MLS).

The USL features 24 clubs in the U.S. and Canada in 2015 in all four time zones, including new clubs in Austin, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Louisville, Montreal, New York, Portland, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Toronto, Tulsa, and Vancouver.

The strategic expansion of the league has led to the development of more regional competition through the reduction of travel, and has further strengthened local and regional rivalries – the lifeblood of a strong professional league.

Through aggressive and strategic growth, the USL has built a stable, national professional soccer league. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the longest-standing professional affiliate member of U.S. Soccer.

JANUARY 2016 CITY BUILDING PERMITS, $100,000 AND HIGHER
Single-Family Residences New Construction

For January 2016, 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 $14,000 to $325,000, and represented a total value of $5,885,185.

Of the 45 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 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. The permits do not include the value of the lot.

$ 325,000 – Eddie Garza, 2008 W. Alberta Rd., Reno Subdivision;
$ 280,000 – Marcos Doria Prestige Luxury Homes, 5005 Nevis, Summerset Subdivision;
$ 270,000 – Marcos Doria Prestige Luxury Homes, 3202 Aceves St., Monte Cristo Manor Subdivision;
$ 201,000 – Marce F. Martínez, 4915 June Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$ 200,000 – Lord I. González, 4806 August, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$ 200,000 – Ali Famitafreshi, 2308 Jordan Dr., Haciendas Las Fuentes Subdivision;
$ 200,000 – Antre Homes, Inc., 2417 Gregg Dr., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$ 182,000 – Lord I. González, 1404 May, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$ 175,000 – Daryl & Mayra Cavazos, 3210 Soto Dr., John Closner Subdivision;
$ 155,000 – Edward Méndez, 3404 Granada St., Sevilla Grande Subdivision;
$ 156,300 – Jesús Robles, 2311 Gregg Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$ 152,600 – Gilber and Claudia Ramírez, 1712 Twin Cir., Trenton Manor Subdivision;
$ 151,040 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4819 Juno Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$ 150,000 – Rickey and Jane Ferrara, 3200 Country Club Dr., Monte Cristo Gold & C Club Subdivision;
$ 150,000 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 1930 Majella, Valencia Ph. 1 Sec. II Subdivision;
$ 149,720 – Bellaire Hagen, LTD, 4319 Stillwater Cove, The Coves Ph. I Subdivision;
$ 140,000 – Guzmán Construction, LLC, 4306 Stillwater Cove, The Coves Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$ 134,900 – West Wind Homes, 1912 Nitsche Dr., Fairheaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$ 130,000 – Edgar Carranza CJE Construction, 2710 Seton St., Los Lagos Ph. IV Subdivision;
$ 128,000 – Juan C. Meléndez, 218 W. Fay St., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision;
$ 127,000 – Guzmán Construction LLC, 2408 Serrano St., Pepper Ridge Subdivision;
$ 126,600 – McKenny Glenn Inc., 4920 Nevis, Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$ 125,000 – Rolando Morales Ark Builders LC, 3201 Ginger Ave, Valley Verde Manor Subdivision;
$ 120,000 – Roel Rodríguez, 3509 Lerma Dr., Salva Tierra Subdivision;
$ 118,000 – Bellaire Hagen, LTD, 4004 Revilla St., Valencia Ph. 1 Sect II-B Subdivision;
$ 110,000 – Andrés Lozano, 2426 Flipper Dr., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$ 110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1409 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley II Subdivision;
$ 110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1506 Finch Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$ 105,360 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4003 Revilla, Valencia PH. 1 Sec. II B Subdivision;
$ 100,000 – Miguel J. Martínez, 515 Via Sol Dr., Vista Del Sol Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$ 100,000 – Miguel J. Martínez, 833 Casa Blanca Dr., Tierra Santa Estates Subdivision; and
$ 100,000 – Duo Financial Services Inc., 837 Casa Blanca Dr., Tierra Santa Estates.

Commercial New Construction

For January 2016, six new commercial construction projects were issued building permits for work, with four of those structures each valued at $100,000 or higher.

The six building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represented a total value of $19,240,000.

The building permits for the four projects valued at $100,000 or higher follow by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$ 16,800,000 – Alonzo Cantú, 1616 S. Raúl Longoria Rd., Family Recreations and Aquatics Subdivision;
$ 2,100,000 – Kamaldeep Gill, 4001 S. Business Hwy 281, Comfort Subdivision;
$ 150,000 – BGS Naraindas, Inc., 4606 S. Business Hwy 281, Sheaval Subdivision; and
$ 100,000 – BGS Naraindas, Inc., 4602 S. Business Hwy 281, Sheaval Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction/Addition/Remodel

For December 2015, building permits were issued for three multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel projects, and each of those projects were valued at $100,000 or higher (not including the price of the lot).

Work on those new facilities represented a combined value of $9,994,646 for that month.

That building permits follow by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$ 9,714,646 – Greenpoint Developers, LLC, 4604 S. Sugar Rd., Kelly-Pharr Subdivision;
$ 140,000 – Acero Construction, 3208 Bellas Hadas, Tulipan Villas Subdivision; and
$ 140,000 – Acero Construction, 3204 Bellas Hadas, Tulipan Villas Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For January 2016, there were no residential additions/repairs project, valued at $100,000 or higher, issued a building permit by the city.

However, there were 27 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $27,000, for a total value of $140,075.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For January 2016, there were 24 commercial additions/repairs which were issue building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $100 to $600,000, and represented a total value of $935,200.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For January 2016, there were two non-taxable additions/repairs which were issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represented a total value of $17,000.

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Rebecca Sweat contributed to this article. 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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