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Featured, from left: Mayor Richard García, Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., and Mayor Pro Tem Richard Molina on Thursday, February 27, 2015, during groundbreaking ceremonies for the Bert Ogden Arena, the future home of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers professional basketball team, which is part of the NBA Development League. In May 2016, the first building permit, for work valued at $3.5 million, was issued by the city for construction of the 189,000 square-foot multi-events complex, whose total value will approach $90 million. The Bert Ogden Arena is located at the corner of Interstate 69-Central and Alberta Road in Edinburg.

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Construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through May 2016 have passed the $100 million level, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has reported, with the month of May 2016 accounting for almost $18 million of that amount. The most valuable projects, not including the value of the lots, which led the way in May 2016, were: $3,500,000 –Cantú Construction, 429 S. I-69C, Edinburg Arena Subdivision; $3,481,532 – Edinburg Regional Medical Center, 1102 W. Trenton Rd., Trenton St. Subdivision; $1,560,000 – Jeff Knits, 1010 E. Chapin, Tex-Mex Survey Subdivision; $633,559 – R&E Villarreal & Sons, 2945 Regency Drive, The Boardwalk Subdivision; and $510,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC, 2502 Hampton Avenue, Bentley Estates Subdivision.

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Edinburg construction passes $100 million during first five months of 2016, with city building permit issued in May for first phase of Bert Ogden Arena

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through May 2016 have passed the $100 million level, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has reported, with the month of May 2016 accounting for almost $18 million of that amount.

The Edinburg EDC, 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 in January through May 2016 were issued for work valued at $100,045,431, compared with $59,012,389 for the same five months in 2015.

During May 2016, building permits for work valued at $17,954,224 were issued by the city, compared with $7,616,037 in May 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 May 2016, were:

$3,500,000 – Cantú Construction, 429 S. I-69C, Edinburg Arena Subdivision;
$3,481,532 – Edinburg Regional Medical Center, 1102 W. Trenton Rd., Trenton St. Subdivision;
$1,560,000 – Jeff Knits, 1010 E. Chapin, Tex-Mex Survey Subdivision;
$633,559 – R&E Villarreal & Sons, 2945 Regency Drive, The Boardwalk Subdivision; and
$510,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC, 2502 Hampton Avenue, Bentley Estates Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg year-to-date (January through May 2o16), totaling $100,045,431, were:

$28,538,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$25,553,201 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$21,953,114 – Commercial Alterations;
$17,764,970 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,696,500 – 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);
$2,511,246 – 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 May 2016, totaling $17,954,224, were:

$6,769,244 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,442,978 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,600,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$1,448,900 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$592,202 – Residential Alterations;
$60,900 – 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); 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 from January through May 2015, totaling $59,012,389, were:

$21,593,458 – 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).
$16,904,458 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$8,662,121 – Commercial New Construction;
$6,231,502 – Commercial Alterations;
$3,442,200 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,178,787 – Residential 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).

The top categories in Edinburg during May 2015, totaling $7,616,037, were:

$3,637,140 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,665,640 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$999,450 – Commercial New Construction;
$506,108 – 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);
$480,064 – Residential Alterations;
$327,635 – 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, 45 single-family residences were approved for construction in May 2016, compared with 25 single-family residences during the same month in 2015.

Year-to-date (January through May 2016), building permits were issued for 183 single-family residences, valued at $25,553,201, compared with 137 single family residences, valued at $16,904,458, from January through May 2015.

For the month of May 2016, building permits were issued for 67 additions/remodels of single-family residences, compared with 72 in May 2015.

Year-to-date (January through May 2016), building permits were issued for 320 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $2,511,246, compared with 295 additions/remodels of single family residences, valued at $2,178,787, from January through May 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 18 buildings, representing 36 units, valued at $1,448,900, approved for construction in May 2016, compared with 12 buildings, representing 24 units, valued at $1,665,640, in May 2015.

Year-to-date (January through May 2016), building permits were issued for 101 multi-family residences, representing 350 units, valued at $17,764,970, compared with 29 multi-family residences, representing 61 units, valued at $3,442,200, from January through May 2015.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL POWERHOUSE OKLAHOMA SOONERS AND UTRGV VAQUEROS SCHEDULED TO PLAY AT BERT OGDEN ARENA IN NOVEMBER 2017

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on that the men’s basketball team will play its 2017-18 home opener against 2016 Final Four participant Oklahoma on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

The game is likely to be played at Bert Ogden Arena, pending the completion of construction and a lease agreement.

Ticket information will be available at a later date. Priority will be given to UTRGV men’s basketball season ticket holders.

The game is expected to be a sellout. In fact, the largest crowd in the history of Oklahoma’s 41-year old arena, the Lloyd Noble Center, was 13,431 for a game against UTPA on Dec. 29, 2003.

Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are on sale now and can be purchased online at UTRGVTickets.com, or by contacting UTRGV Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations & Sales David Riggs at (956) 665-3747 or david.riggs@utrgv.edu.

“It means everything to get this game on our schedule,” UTRGV Head Coach Lew Hill said. “Power 5 institutions around the country will see that we can host a big team like the University of Oklahoma down here. We’ll have a great crowd and show that we have people behind us in the Valley. We look forward to this game starting a trend of hosting more games against top tier competition. Our athletics administration is committed to helping us to have 17-to-18 home games every year, particularly against fellow Division I Texas programs. We are excited for what our future schedules will look like.”

This will be the fifth-ever meeting between these two programs, with each of the first four match-ups taking place in Oklahoma, including three in Norman and one in Oklahoma City. It is the first meeting between these two programs since January 2, 2005.

Oklahoma’s head coach is former Pan American University Head Coach Lon Kruger, who coached the program from 1982-86. Hill worked as an assistant coach with Kruger at UNLV from 2004-11 and Oklahoma from 2011-16.

This is the second time Kruger has returned to the Rio Grande Valley to face his former program, as he brought Illinois to what was then known as the UTPA Fieldhouse on November 28, 1998. It was one of three meetings between UTPA and Illinois while Kruger was the head coach at Illinois (1996-2000). Kruger and Hill hosted UTPA twice while at UNLV as well.

This is the 1oth time this program has hosted an institution currently in a Power 5 Conference and the first time since 2010. The program’s last home win over a current Power 5 Conference institution was on February 28, 2000, 55-52 over Washington State of the Pac-12. This is also the third time this program has hosted an institution currently in the Big 12 and the first time since 1991. UTRGV’s last home win over a current Big 12 institution was on January 3, 1978, 86-80 over Baylor, then a member of the Southwest Conference.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For May 2016, there were 45 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $10,000 to $510,000, and represented a total value of $5,442,978.

Of the 45 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 28 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.

$510,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC, 2502 Hampton Ave., Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$350,000 – Dulce Castillo, 4814 August Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$200,000 – Luis Pérez Regina Del Bosque, 3206 Page Ave., West Meadows UT 2 Subdivision;
$180,000 – Jaime Marroquín, 2305 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$175,000 – René E. González, 2401 Marvelous, Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$175,000 – Rafael Tapia, 3007 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$160,000 – Ricardo and Brenda Rodríguez, 2721 Seton St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$160,000 – Evan Mason, 2613 Seton St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$152,000 – Belinda García, 216 E. Chapin St., Highland Park Subdivision;
$150,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 3404 Prestwick St., Los Lagos Subdivision;
$144,000 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 3802 Naples, Valencia Ph. 1 Sec. II-D Subdivision;
$140,000 – Randy De León, 3608 Clubhouse Dr., Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club Subdivision;
$136,000 – Ideal Choice Builders, Inc., 2918 Manchester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$135,000 – RGV Grandeur Homes, 2302 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$130,000 – Jorge Ortegón, 711 Abbott Ave., Wisteria Heights Subdivision;
$120,000 – Victory Custom Homes, 2307 Chance Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$120,000 – Ernesto Barrios, 2312 Annette Ave., Danielle Estates Subdivision;
$115,830 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 3804 Naples, Valencia La Sienna Subdivision;
$115,000 – Paisano Construction, 2511 Gregg Dr., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1417 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 2003 Teal Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$110,000 – DH Construction, Inc., 1114 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1913 Teal Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1503 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$105,000 – Carranza Development, 2719 Montegue St.. Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$105,000 – Alejandro Montante, 2718 Montegue St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$100,000 – Alfonso Castillo, 5323 Ake, Acacia Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Antre Homes, Inc., 2409 Gregg Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

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

Both building permits, which do not include the price of their respective lots, represented a combined value of $3,600,000.

The one new commercial construction project valued at $100,000 or more, not including the price of the lot, follows:

$3,500,000 – Cantú Construction, 429 S. I-69C, Edinburg Arena Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For May 2016, building permits were issued for 10 multi-family residences new construction, with nine of those projects valued at $100,000 or higher (not including the price of the lot).

Work on those new facilities represented a combined value of $1,488,900 for that month.

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

$235,000 – Fructuoso and Patricia Villarreal, 3608 Zelma St., Monmack Terrace No. 2 Subdivision;
$200,000 – Ronnie Cantú Construction, 214 Fig Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,000 – Juan Barrera, 211 Fig Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,000 – Moram Management, 3611 Sarah Evans St., Jardin Del Valle Apartment Subdivision;
$160,000 – Moram Management, 3617 Sarah Evans St., Jardin Del Valle Apartment Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$140,000 – Jatz Real Estate, 1223 White Oak Dr., White Oak Subdivision;
$135,000 – Víctor Haddad, 2909 Linda Vista St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$135,000 – Víctor Haddad, 2913 Linda Vista St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision; and
$118,000 – Robert Viña, 211 E. Kuhn St., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For May 2016, there was one residential additions/repairs project, valued at $100,000 or higher, issued a building permit by the city.

In all, there were 67 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $200 to $150,000, for a total value of $592,202.

The residential additions/repair project valued at $100,000 or higher issued a building permit was:

$150,000 – Sandra Sheldton, 3708 S. Sugar Road, Kelly Pharr Subdivision.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For May 2016, there were 38 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 $120 to $3,481,532, and represented a total value of $6,769,244.

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

$3,481,532 – Edinburg Regional Medical Center, 1102 W. Trenton Rd, Trenton Street Subdivision;
$1,560,000 – Jeff Knits, 1010 E. Chapin, Tex Mex Survey Subdivision;
$633,559 – R&E Villarreal & Sons Enterprises, 2945 Regency Dr., The Boardwalk Subdivision;
$380,000 – General Dentistry Centers, 2939 Regency Dr., The Boardwalk Subdivision;
$192,000 – Fresenius Medical Care, NA, 5406 E. Canton Road, Jackson Village Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$150,000 – Tim Warren Investments, 402 W. Chapin Rd., Chapin Industrial Park Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Mary G. and Jessica M. Lozano, 1217 S. Closner Blvd, Country Club Place Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New

For May 2016, there were no non-taxable new construction which was issued a building permit by the city.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For May 2016, there were two non-taxable additions/repairs, representing work with a combined valued at $60,900, which were issued building permits by the city.

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Jonah Goldberg contributed to this story. 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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