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Featured, from left: Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., Mayor Richard García; Mayor Pro Tem Richard Molina; Councilmember David Torres; Ellie M. Torres, Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; and City Manager Richard Hinojosa on Thursday, July 21, 2016, immediately following the ribbon-cutting for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the South Texas International Airport in Edinburg.

Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through June 2016 have passed the $131 million level, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has reported, with the month of June 2016 accounting for almost $32 million of that amount. Combined, building permits from January through June 2016 were issued for work valued at $131,744,588, compared with $65,224,544 for the same six months in 2015. During June 2016, building permits for work valued at $31,699,427 were issued by the city, compared with $6,212,165 in June 2015. The most valuable projects, not including the value of the lots, which led the way in June 2016, were: $22,500,000 – Edinburg Legends LTD, 1815 W. Chapin St, Tex-Mex Railway Co. Survey Subdivision; $500,000 – The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley LLC, 609 Trenton Rd., The Shoppes at RGV Subdivision; $450,000 – Kamel Investments LLC, 3020 W. Trenton Rd., Marvel Plaza Subdivision; and $400,000 – Edinburg Independent Consolidated School District, 310 E. Palm Drive, Tex-Mex Subdivision.

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Edinburg construction approaches $132 million for the first half of 2016 as city, Edinburg EDC open U.S. Customs service at regional airport

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Construction and related building activities in Edinburg from January through June 2016 have passed the $131 million level, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has reported, with the month of June 2016 accounting for almost $32 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 from January through June 2016 were issued for work valued at $131,744,858, compared with $65,224,544 for the same six months in 2015.

During June 2016, building permits for work valued at $31,699,427 were issued by the city, compared with $6,212,165 in June 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 project issued a building permit by the city in June 2016 was for the construction and development of Legends Edinburg, an off-campus student residential community designed to serve The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, and which will bring 588 beds to the market.

With the additional amenities that will be featured, the final value of Legends Edinburg is estimated at $29.1 million, making it one of the larger construction projects to break ground in Edinburg this year.

Details on Legends Edinburg are available online at: http://www.edinburgpolitics.com/2016/06/17/legends-edinburg-student-apartments/#more-2636

The value of construction alone for Legends Edinburg was set at $22.5 million.

The top construction projects in Edinburg for June 2016, not including the value of the land, are:

$22,500,000 – Edinburg Legends LTD, 1815 W. Chapin St, Tex-Mex Railway Co. Survey Subdivision;
$500,000 – The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley LLC, 609 Trenton Rd., The Shoppes at RGV Subdivision;
$450,000 – Kamel Investments LLC, 3020 W. Trenton Rd., Marvel Plaza Subdivision; and
$400,000 – Edinburg Independent Consolidated School District, 310 E. Palm Drive, Tex-Mex Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg year-to-date (January through June 2o16), totaling $131,744,858, were:

$42,526,940 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$29,887,130 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$29,764,085 – Commercial New Construction;
$22,267,154 – Commercial Alterations;
$3,338,262 – 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);
$2,932,887 – 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 June 2016, totaling $31,699,427, were:

$24,761,970 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,333,929 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,226,085 – Commercial New Construction;
$641,762 – 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);
$421,641 – Residential Alterations;
$314,o40 – 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).

The top categories in Edinburg from January through June 2015, totaling $65,224,544, were:

$22,017,622 – 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).
$19,328,176 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$9,132,583 – Commercial New Construction;
$7,879,515 – Commercial Alterations;
$3,642,200 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,224,458 – 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 June 2015, totaling $6,212,165, were:

$2,423,855 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,648,013 – Commercial Alterations;
$1,045,671 – Residential Alterations;
$470,462 – Commercial New Construction;
$424,164 – 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
$200,000 – 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).

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 40 single-family residences were approved for construction in June 2016, compared with 18 single-family residences during the same month in 2015.

Year-to-date (January through June 2016), building permits were issued for 223 single-family residences, valued at $29,887,130, compared with 137 single family residences, valued at $19,328,176, from January through June 2015.

For the month of June 2016, building permits were issued for 53 additions/remodels of single-family residences, compared with 60 in June 2015.

Year-to-date (January through June 2016), building permits were issued for 373 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $2,932,887, compared with 295 additions/remodels of single family residences, valued at $3,224,458, from January through June 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 41 buildings, representing 304 units, valued at $24,761,970, approved for construction in June 2016, compared with one building, representing two units, valued at $200,000, in June 2015.

Year-to-date (January through June 2016), building permits were issued for 142 multi-family residences, representing 654 units, valued at $42,526,940, compared with 30 multi-family residences, representing 63 units, valued at $3,642,200, from January through June 2015.

EDINBURG ECONOMY RECEIVES ANOTHER BOOST WITH OPENING OF U.S. CUSTOMS FACILITY

The City of Edinburg, the Edinburg EDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday, July 21, 2016, officially opened a new federal inspection user fee facility.

To mark the completion of that economic development project, the Mayor, Edinburg City Council, and and Edinburg EDC hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony at 10 that morning.

More than 100 people were in attendance at the event including Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director of the Edinburg EDC; City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., Mayor Richard García; Mayor Pro Tem Richard Molina; Councilmember David Torres; Ellie M. Torres, Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; and City Manager Richard Hinojosa

Mayor García welcomed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Edinburg and thanked them for helping develop infrastructure that will make it easier for people to travel to Edinburg.

“This is going to help us take that next step to become a destination city,” the mayor said. “As of today, international travelers and merchandise will be able to clear customs without having to make a pit-stop in another city, but fly directly into Edinburg.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is located at the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, will allow international travelers to clear Customs in Edinburg.

The airport is located at the intersection of I69 Central and FM 490. It is a general aviation use facility that handles landings and departures of non-commercial aircrafts.

The airport is also home to The Texas Department of Public Safety Aviation Division for this region and is designated as the staging area for Texas Task Force One during emergencies.

This new facility is 4,500 square feet and will be staffed by two-CBP Inspectors for general aviation traffic. The $1.3 million project was a joint partnership between the city, EEDC and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection.

The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg is located at 1300 East FM 490.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For June 2016, there were 40 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $5,000 to $230,000, and represented a total value of $4,333,929.

Of the 40 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 24 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.

$230,000 – Marco Pérez, 2319 Arlina Dr., Los Lagos Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$207,450 – Alexis Villarreal, 1415 July Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$195,000 – Félix Salazar, 1812 Nautical Ln., Wind Rose Estates Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$190,000 – Gustavo Villegas, R4816 Nevis Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$180,000 – Rich Heritage Construction, 1118 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$175,000 – Robert and Patricia Villarreal, 3214 Lerma Dr., Salva Tierra Subdivision;
$167,000 – Juan and Flor Cantú, 4110 Stillwater Cove, The Coves Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$160,000 – Waldo Homes LLC, 924 Hill Country Dr., Hill Country Villas Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$160,000 – Dynasty Custom Homes, 2402 Marvelous Ct., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$150,365 – Néstor García, Jr., 2010 Sandia Ln., Greenleaf Estates Lot 66 Subdivision;
$135,000 – Alfredo Cantú Garza, 4014 Pedernal St., Los Llanitos Subdivision;
$130,000 – Frank Treviño RT Construction, 2306 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Estates Subdivision;
$120,000 – Elena Guajardo, 2209 Chance Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$110,000 – David Arispe, 222 Glasscock Ave., Glasscock Subdivision;
$105,629 – David Muñiz, 401 Mercado Dr., Salva Tierra Subdivision;
$105,000 – Miguel Pérez, 1708 Relaxation St., Villa Tranquilla Subdivision;
$105,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1413 Candy Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$105,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1424 Sweet Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$105,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1407 Sweet Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$105,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1328 Candy Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$105,000 – Juan M. Briones, 3401 Christopher Ln., Holly Height Subdivision;
$104,600 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 1934 Magella St., Valencia Ph. 1 Sect II-D Subdivision;
$100,000 – Camino Real Builders, 25o4 Terranova Cir., Emerald Points Ph. 2 Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Geoval Construction, 3009 Manchester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For June 2016, four new commercial construction projects were each issued a building permit for work, with three 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 $1,226,085.

The three new commercial construction projects valued at $100,000 or more, not including the price of the lot, follow:

$500,000 – The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley LP, 6o9 Trenton Rd., The Shoppes at RGV Subdivision;
$450,000 – Kamel Investments LLC, 3020 W. Trenton Rd., Marvel Plaza Subdivision; and
$180,000 – Whitney Hall, 1509 S. McColl Rd., West Meadows 2 Amended Plat Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For June 2016, building permits were issued for 16 multi-family residences new construction, with 15 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 $24,761,970 for that month.

That building permits for the nine structures valued at $100,000 0r higher follow by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$22,500,000 – Edinburg Legends LTD, 1815 W. Chapin St., Tex-Mex Railway Co. Survey Subdivision;
$241,335 – HQ Investments Group LLC, 208 Teak Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$241,335 – MCI Development, 204 Teak Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$240,000 – Raúl Pérez Caltia Construction, 1211 Upas St., West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,800 – Novellini Construction and Development, 212 Teak Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,000 – Juan Barrera, 207 Fig, West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,000 – Víctor Galván 106 Teak Ave., West Oaks Subdivision;
$150,000 – Texas Homeco LLC, 707 Jasper St., Inland Grove Subdivision;
$150,000 – Texas Homeco LLC, 703 Jasper St., Inland Grove Subdivision;
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1502 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision;
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1410 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision;
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1420 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision;
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1416 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision;
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1314 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision; and
$120,000 – Gilberto De Los Santos, 1404 Quitaca, Paseo Del Paisano Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

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

In all, there were 53 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $200 to $31,000, for a total value of $$421,641.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For June 2016, there were 13 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 $500 to $120,000, and represented a total value of $314,o40.

Of the 13 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, one was for construction valued at $100,000 or higher.

That $100,000+ building permit follows by value of the construction, name of the owner(s,), address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

$120,000 – Luis Navarro, 2301 S. Highway 281, Kelly Pharr Tract Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New

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

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For June 2016, there were eight non-taxable additions/repairs, representing work with a combined valued at $641,762, which were issued building permits by the city.

Of the eight non-taxable additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, one was for construction valued at $100,000 or higher.

That $100,000+ building permit follows by value of the construction, name of the owner(s,), address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

$400,000 – Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, 310 E. Palm Dr., Tex-Mex Subdivision.

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Irma Garza 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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