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Featured: Dr. Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, addressing the inaugural class of the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, which opened its $54 million Medical Education Building at the Edinburg campus, welcoming 55 students into its charter class. In a related development, the UT System Board of Regents on Monday, September 26, 2016, unanimously approved the leasing of an approximately 85,000-square-foot facility from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, which is based in Edinburg, to UTRGV for medical research and educational and clinical uses. The Edinburg Mayor, Edinburg City Council, and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation lobby the Texas Legislature and the UT System Board of Regents for advances at UTRGV and the UTRGV School of Medicine in Edinburg.

Photograph By DAVID PIKE

More people continue to move into Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced, based on the latest year-to-date figures which show that between January and September 2016, more than $108 million in new homes and multi-family residences were approved for construction. For the month of September 2016, total construction activities during that period totaled more than $13.5 million. Also year-to-date, construction and related building activities for all categories have approached the $180 million level, based on information collected by the city’s Code Enforcement Department. The increasing number of residents in Edinburg is reflected in the most recent population estimates by the U.S. Census Department, which show the city has grown more than 13 percent between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2015. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Edinburg’s estimated population as of July 1, 2015 was 84,497, compared with 74,541 on April 1, 2010, representing a growth of 13.4 percent. Year-to-date (January through September 2016), building permits were issued for 357 single-family residences, valued at $47,071,342, compared with 257 single family residences, valued at $37,102,917 from January through September 2015. Year-to-date (January through September 2016), building permits were issued for 230 multi-family residences, representing 928 units, valued at $61,655,264, compared with 36 multi-family residences, representing 71 units, valued at $5,365,356, from January through September 2015. The Edinburg EDC, whose executive director is Agustín García, Jr., is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mayor Richard García as President, Harvey Rodríguez, Jr. as Vice President, Elías Longoria, Jr., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Richard Ruppert and Dr. Peter Dabrowski as Members.

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More people moving into Edinburg, with $108+ million in new homes and multi-family residences approved for construction between January and September 2016, announces Edinburg EDC

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

More people continue to move into Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced, based on the latest year-to-date figures which show that between January and September 2016, more than $108 million in new homes and multi-family residences were approved for construction.

Also year-to-date (January and September 2016), construction and related building activities for all categories have approached the $180 million level, based on information collected by the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

The increasing number of residents in Edinburg is reflected in the most recent population estimates by the U.S. Census Department, which show the city has grown more than 13 percent between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2015.

The federal agency reports that Edinburg’s estimated population as of July 1, 2015 was 84,497, compared with 74,541 in April 1, 2010, representing a growth of 13.4 percent (http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/4822660).

Year-to-date (January through September 2016), building permits were issued for 357 single-family residences, valued at $47,071,342, compared with 257 single family residences, valued at $37,102,917 from January through September 2015.

Year-to-date (January through September 2016), building permits were issued for 230 multi-family residences, representing 928 units, valued at $61,655,264, compared with 36 multi-family residences, representing 71 units, valued at $5,365,356, from January through September 2015.

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 45 single-family residences, valued at $5,257,672, were approved for construction in September 2016, compared with 34 single-family residences, valued at $5,880,995, during the same month in 2015.

For the month of September 2016, total construction activities during that period totaled more than $13.5 million.

Combined, building permits from January through September 2016 were issued for work valued at $179,762,188 compared with $100,045,966 for the same nine months in 2015.

During September 2016, building permits for work valued at $13,502,708 were issued by the city, compared with $14,230,592 in September 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 Edinburg EDC, whose Executive Director is Agustín García, Jr., is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mayor Richard García as President, Harvey Rodríguez, Jr. as Vice President, Elías Longoria, Jr., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Richard Ruppert and Dr. Peter Dabrowski as Members.

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

$3,687,300 – Doctors Hospital at Renaissance 5540 Raphael Dr., Doctor’s Center Ph. 2 Subdivision; and
$560,170 – Cantú Construction, 1508 S. Highway 336, Lonestar Plaza Subdivision; and
$300,000 – Javier Treviño, 1909 W. Rogers Rd., G.M.s Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg year-to-date (January through September 2016), totaling $179,762,188, were:

$61,655,264 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$47,701,342 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$33,244,255 – Commercial New Construction;
$27,336,326 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,016,361 – 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);
$4,410,240 – 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 September 2016, totaling $13,502,708, were:

$5,257,672 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,22o,393– Commercial Alterations;
$2,861,188 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$655,170 – Commercial New Construction;
$506,945 – Residential Alterations;
$1,340 – 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 September 2015, totaling $100,045,966, were:

$37,102,917 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$23,765,605 – 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);
$15,875,178 – Commercial New Construction;
$13,227,202 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,365,356 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,709,708 – 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 September 2015, totaling $14,230,592, were:

$5,880,995 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,241,450 – Commercial New Construction;
$2,774,067 – Commercial Alterations;
$1,666,700 – 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);
$336,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$331,380 – 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).

For the month of September 2016, building permits were issued for 52 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $506,945, compared with 62 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $331,380, in September 2015.

Year-to-date (January through September 2016), building permits were issued for 544 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $4,410,240, compared with 466 additions/remodels of single family residences, valued at $4,709,708, from January through September 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 39 buildings, representing 78 units, valued at $2,861,188, approved for construction in September 2016, compared with four multi-family residences, representing four units, valued at $336,000, in September 2015.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For September 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 $18,900 to $283,888, and represented a total value of $5,257,672.

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.

$283,888 – Óscar Cantú Dolcan Construction, 3404 Crystal Falls Ave., Madison Park Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$260,000 – Luis Arechina, 4914 June Dr., Summerfield Subdivision;
$250,000 – Luis Verdoreen, 4816 Juno Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$180,000 – Innovative Construction, LLC, 4911 June Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$175,000 – Ricardo Rodríguez Envy Homes, 5305 Calle Divina St., Tierra Divina Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$160,000 – Rocass Homes, 4901 Nevis Dr., Summerfield Subdivision;
$150,000 – Bernadene Arches, 3307 Prestwick St., Los Lagos Subdivision;
$150,000 – Nutx Incorporated, 2402 Flipper Dr,, Greenleaf Estates Subdivision;
$150,000 – Rocass Homes, 4811 Juno Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$150,000 – Verturo Construction Co., 3105 London Ave, Camden Village Subdivision;
$145,000 – Pablo Grimaldo, 3021 Iris Ave., West Meadows Subdivision;
$136,240 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4016 Santa Fe St., Santa Cruz @ La Sienna Subdivision;
$135,000 – Omar and Oziel Ortiz, 3201 Nikki Ln., Cantera Ridge Subdivision;
$135,000 – Isabela González and Valentín Casas, 1805 Woods Dr. W., Los Lagos Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$134,400 – Carranza Development, 2318 Supreme Drive, Regal Vista Subdivision;
$130,275 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4322 Stillwater Cove, The Coves Subdivision;
$130,000 – Guzmán Construction LLC, 2509 Elbrus Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – Dynasty Custom Homes, 5505 Alquos Ave, Jackson Village Ph. 3 Subdivision;
$129,500 – Signature Homes, 3106 Manchester, Camden Village Subdivision;
$125,000 – Marcelo García, 3628 Ileana St., Lantana Estates Subdivision;
$123,840 – Carranza Development, 2631 Seton St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$120,000 – Ana Villegas, 3104 Zircon Dr., Graciela Estates Subdivision;
$108,480 – Paul and Lisa Park, 4017 Santa Fe St., Santa Cruz@LaSienna Subdivision;
$101,104 – West Wind Homes, 1909 Hannah, Fairhaven Heights Ph. IV Subdivision;
$100,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 3421 Featherie St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$100,000 – Dahlia Guzmán, 1622 Jeni Rey Ln., Northwind Pass Subdivision;
$100,000 – Celestina Sandoval, 511 Happy Valley Dr., Lomas Del Valle Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Óscar Cantú, 2007 Teal Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For September 2016, three permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $655,170.

One of those projects was valued at $100,000 or higher.

The $100,000+ building permit follows by value of the construction, name of the owners, address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

• $560,170 – Cantú Construction, 1508 S. Highway 336, Lonestar Plaza Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For September 2016, building permits were issued for 22 multi-family residences new construction, with 14 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 $2,861,188 for that month.

That building permits for the 10 structures valued at $100,000 0r higher follow by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$300,000 – Javier Treviño, 1909 W. Rogers Rd., G.M.’s Subdivision;
$240,188 – Mario and María Pifalo, 1808 Upland Dr., Vista De Las Colinas Subdivision;
$230,000 – Francisco Narro, 308 W. McIntyre St., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision;
$219,000 – Manuel Galván, 105 Fig Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$198,000 – Dolores Vázquez and J. Guerra, 1108 Leticia, Trenton Terrace Subdivision;
$180,000 – Samson Properties, LLC, 1705 Tampa St., Summerwinds LTC Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$170,000 – Elisandro De Hoyos, 1210 Upas Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$170,000 – Elisandro De Hoyos, 1214 Upas Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$125,000 – Alejandro Torres, 3215 Luz Divina St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$125,000 – Gerardo Torres, 3309 Davin Ln., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$125,000 – Alejandro Torres, 3211 Luz Divina St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$125,000 – Gerardo Torres, 3305 Davin Ln., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$125,000 – Gerardo Torres, 3203 Luz Divina St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision; and
$120,000 – Genaro Cantu, 3003 Linda Vista St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For September 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 52 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $60,000, for a total value of $506,945.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For September 2016, there were 19 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 $950 to $3,687,300, and represented a total value of $4,220,393.

Of the 19 commercial additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, three were for construction valued at $100,000 or higher.

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

$3,687,300 – Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance, 5540 Raphael Dr., Doctor’s Center Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$237,000 – Cooper Construction, 502 Independence Dr., Santa Cruz Ranch Subdivision; and
$167,000 – Wal-Mart Real Estates Bus. Tr., 1724 W. University Dr., Wal Mart Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

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

$1,340 – Boys and Girls Club, 702 Cullen St., Boys and Girls Club Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For September 2016, there were no building permits issued for non-taxable additions/repairs.

UT SYSTEM REGENTS APPROVE FACILITY LEASING AGREEMENT BETWEEN UTRGV AND DHR

The UT System Board of Regents on Monday, September 26, 2016, unanimously approved the leasing of an approximately 85,000-square-foot facility from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, which is based in Edinburg, to UTRGV for medical research and educational and clinical uses.

The building – the result of a public-private partnership that has been in development for many months – is to be built at 2300 E. Dove Ave by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, and DHR Real Estate Management, L.L.C., will lease the space to the university.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said approval of the space will expand UTRGV’s footprint in the Valley and create ever-expanding opportunities for research that will positively affect healthcare, education and economic development in the region.

“We are pleased to be able to work with community partners like DHR on this leasing agreement, which will allow us to provide our students and research faculty a space in which to grow and discover,” he said. “Ultimately, the residents of the Rio Grande Valley will benefit from this partnership.”

“Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is very excited about our research agreement with UTRGV,” said Marissa Castañeda, DHR Senior Executive Vice President. “The building will bring world-class researchers to UTRGV, DHR and the RGV. By building the facility on the DHR campus, these researchers will work directly with the doctors, residents, students and other healthcare professionals at DHR and improve healthcare.”

Dr. Steven A. Lieberman, Interim Dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, said the space will help expand the university’s research capabilities.

“This approval comes at a time of tremendous growth for the School of Medicine,” Lieberman said. “Just as we have grown our South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute from 22 to 52 researchers in less than two years, this space will allow us to establish and grow additional research programs.”

Rick Anderson, UTRGV Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, said the completion date is projected to be January 2018.

“This is an exciting project for UTRGV,” he said. “We’re pleased the board has approved it, and we now can go ahead with finalizing the lease agreement with DHR.”

Building costs are estimated at between $32 million and $34 million, Anderson said.

UTRGV has not finalized the leasing costs yet, but UTRGV could possibly pay about $2.5 million a year for the building, and operational costs would be additional and could range from $1.2 million to $1.4 million annually.

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Melissa Vázquez 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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