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Featured, from left: Sonia Marroquín, Assistant City Manager, Myra Ayala Garza, City Secretary, and Ascensión Alonzo, Director of Finance, who all work for the City of Edinburg. The City Finance Department reports that Edinburg’s local retail economy in 2015 grew almost eight percent over the previous 12-month period in 2014. Local sales taxes in 2015 were $20,386,379, an increase of 7.65 percent over the 2014 total of $18,937,282.

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Construction and related building activities in Edinburg totaled almost $20 million during March 2016, bringing the total value of construction activities in the city to almost $65.2 million during the first three months of the year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. Combined, building permits from January through March 2016 were issued for work valued at $65,173,203, compared with $41,367,340 for the same period in 2015. During March 2016, building permits for work valued at $19,710,781 were issued by the city, compared with $11,888,509 in March 2015.

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Edinburg construction passes $65.1 million through first quarter of 2016 as retail economy in 2015 showed 7.65 percent improvement

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg totaled almost $20 million during March 2016, bringing the total value of construction activities in the city to almost $65.2 million during the first three months of the year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

In a related development, the city’s Finance Department reported that Edinburg’s local retail economy in 2015 grew almost eight percent over the previous 12-month period in 2014. Local sales taxes in 2015 were $20,386,379, an increase of 7.65 percent over the 2014 total of $18,937,282.

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, Jr. as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members.

Combined, building permits from January through March 2016 were issued for work valued at $65,173,203, compared with $41,367,340 for the same period in 2015.

During March 2016, building permits for work valued at $19,710,781 were issued by the city, compared with $11,888,509 in March 2015.

In general, a building permit is legal permission given by the City of Edinburg, through the Code Enforcement Department, 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 most valuable projects, not including the value of the lots, which led the way in March 2016, were:

$4,000,000 – Cooper Construction, 502 Independence Dr., Santa Cruz Ranch Subdivision;
$2,500,000 – William Yoder, 3010 W. University Dr., Hacienda Ford Subdivision;
$1,028,400 – City of Edinburg – Public Works, 1309 N. Doolittle Rd., Texas Mexican Railway Co. Subdivision;
$800,584 – LTD Garco, 590 Independence Dr., Fedex Subdivision;
$656,000 – Stripes LLC, 3703 S. Business 281, Bella Vista Subdivision; and
$475,000 – Universal Health Services, 4302 S. Sugar Rd, Trenton Street Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg year-to-date (January through March 2o16), totaling $65,173,203, were:

$20,009,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$15,324,590 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$15,176,070 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$9,952,574 – Commercial Alterations;
$2,603,500 – Non-Taxable Alterations (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine);
$1,079,069 – Residential Alterations; and
$1,028,400 –Non-Taxable New (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine.

The top categories in Edinburg during March 2016, totaling $19,710,781, were:

$8,749,729 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,348,013– Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,387,224 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,028,400 –Non-Taxable New (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine);
$686,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$508,415 – Residential Alterations; and
$3,o00 – Non-Taxable Alterations (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine).

The top categories in Edinburg from January through March 2015, totaling $41,367,340, were:

$18,890,350 – Non-Taxable Alterations (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine).
$9,636,330 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$5,417,841– Commercial Alterations;
$5,397,400 – Commercial New Construction;
$1,106,259 – Residential Alterations;
$919,160 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction; and
$0 – Non-Taxable New (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine).

The top categories in Edinburg during March 2015, totaling $11,888,509, were:

$5,999,000 – Non-Taxable Alterations (government, religious, but not including the value of construction activities at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or its School of Medicine);
$3,673,005 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,029,900 – Commercial New Construction;
$608,704 – Residential Alterations;
$300,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$286,900 – Commercial Alterations; and
$0 – Non-Taxable New (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, 48 single-family residences were approved for construction in March 2016, compared with 35 single-family residences during the same month in 2015.

Year-to-date (January through March 2016), building permits were issued for 105 single-family residences, valued at $15,324,590, compared with 86 single family residences, valued at $9,636,330, from January through March 2015.

For the month of March 2016, building permits were issued for 83 additions/remodels of single-family residences, compared with 68 in March 2015.

Year-to-date (January through March 2016), building permits were issued for 177 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $1,079,069, compared with 151 additions/remodels of single family residences, valued at $1,106,259, from January through March 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 29 buildings, representing 62 units, approved for construction in March 2016, compared with n0 buildings in March 2015.

Year-to-date (January through March 2016), building permits were issued for 59 multi-family residences, representing 266 units, valued at $15,176,070, compared with 5 multi-family residences, representing 13 units, valued at $919,160 from January through March 2015.

MARCH 2016 CITY BUILDING PERMITS, $100,000 AND HIGHER

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For March 2016, there were 48 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $4,000 to $290,000, and represented a total value of $5,348,013.

Of the 48 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 26 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.

$290,000 – Roel Rodríguez, 4916 Nevis Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$239,000 – Roel Rodríguez, 4908 Nevis Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$225,000 – Eagle Homes, 1320 Dartmooth Ave., West Meadows Unit 2 Subdivision;
$220,000 – Pin Point Investments, LLC, 2414 Flipper Dr., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$200,000 – Pin Point Investments, LLC, 2413 Flipper Dr., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$185,000 – José Luz & Nora Garza, 5111 Juno Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$180,000 – Gilberto Medina, 1301 July Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$175,000 – Hugo Leal, 2615 Benji Cir., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$168,000 – Steve Rodríguez, 2517 Hylton Ave., Castle Ridge Subdivision;
$150,000 – Erasmo Rodríguez Homes, 4913 Juno Dr., Summerfield Estates Subdivision;
$150,000 – Verturo Construction Co., 2905 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$134,720 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 1302 Maravilla Dr., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$128,000 – Michael Sánchez, 2016 Sandia Ln., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$120,565 – Geoval Construction, 2214 Liverpool, Camden Village Subdivision;
$120,000 – DH Construction, Inc., 1114 Goodrich Dr., Castle Ridge Estates Subdivision;
$120,000 – Javier Peña, 1311 Jalapeño Ln., Jalapeño Subdivision;
$120,000 – Armando Bellido, 3110 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$110,000 – Óscar Cantú Dolcan Construction, 1413 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$110,000 – Gilberto & Laura Vela, 1911 Woods Drive East, Los Lagos Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1909 Teal Ln., Spring Valley Phase 2 Subdivision;
$105,000 – AJ & Iris Hernández, 2401 Annette Ave., Danielle Estates Subdivision;
$103,360 – Guzmán Construction, LLC, 2914 Machester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$100,493 – West Wind Homes, 2404 Singletary Dr., Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$100,000 – M&N Cantú Builders, 2504 April Ave., Granite Meadows Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$100,000 – Oswaldo I. Murillo, 1359 Patsy Cline Dr., Chapins Corner Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Elías Lozano, 2408 Flipper Dr., Greenleaf Estates Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For March 2016, two new commercial construction projects were each issued a building permit for work, with only one authorized for work valued at $100,000 or more.

The two building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, were valued at almost $686,000.

The larger permit follows:

$656,000 – Stripes LLC, 3703 S. Business 281, Bella Vista Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For March 2016, building permits were issued for 19 multi-family residences new construction, 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 $3,387,224 for that month.

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

$310,000 – Amanda Lee & Ernesto Gonzáls, Jr., 1105 W. Stubbs St., Westview Place Subdivision;
$299,112 – Ronnie Cantú, 1209 Bodark Dr., West Oak Subdivision;
$299,112 – Ronnie Cantú, 1205 Bodark Dr., West Oak Subdivision;
$250,000 – Quintanilla Construction, 2216 Taxco Ct., Villas Escondidas Subdivision;
$250,000 – Quintanilla Construction, 2204 Taxco Ct., Villas Escondidas Subdivision;
$250,000 – Quintanilla Construction, 2208 Taxco Ct., Villas Escondidas Subdivision;
$250,000 – Quintanilla Construction, 2212 Taxco Ct., Villas Escondidas Subdivision;
$187,000 – Héctor Guerra, 3214 Luz Divina St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$187,000 – Héctor Guerra, 3213 Bellas Hadas, Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$160,000 – Juan Barrera, 215 Fig Dr., West Oak Subdivision;
$145,000 – Gerardo Zavala, 3311 Aurora Ln., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1427 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Group, 1424 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1431 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1428 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1432 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1503 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision;
$100,000 – Chapa Group, 1420 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Chapa Blue, LTD, 1507 Leann Rimes, Stony Brook Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

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

However, there were 83 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $147 to $42,452, for a total value of $508,415.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For March 2016, there were 28 commercial additions/repairs which were issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $100 to $4 million, and represented a total value of $8,749,729.

Seven of these projects were valued at $100,000 or higher:

$4,000,000 – Cooper Construction, 502 Independence Dr., Santa Cruz Ranch Subdivision;
$2,500,000 – William Yoder, 3010 W. University Dr., Hacienda Ford Subdivision;
$800,584 – LTD Garco, 590 Independence Dr., Fedex Subdivision;
$475,000 – Universal Health Services, 4302 S. Sugar Rd, Trenton Street Subdivision;
$360,000 – Raider Eye, LLC, 4143 Crosspoint Blvd., Crosspoint Business Center Ph. II Subdivision;
$250,000 – T-Mobile, 1708 West University Dr., Wal-Mart Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Nogales/Texas Properties, LLC, 4805 N. U.S. Hwy 281, Santa Cruz Ramseyor Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New

For March 2016, there was one non-taxable new construction which was issued a building permit by the city:

$1,028,400 – City of Edinburg – Public Works, 1309 N. Doolittle Rd., Texas Mexican Railway Co. Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For March 2016, there were two non-taxable additions/repairs which were issued building permits by the city. Neither of them were valued at $100,000 or more.

The two building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represented a total value of $3,000.

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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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