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Featured, from left: Diana Padilla, Mortgage Loan Officer, Lone Star National Bank; Juanita Mendoza, Mortgage Loan Officer, Lone Star National Bank; Anna Casares, Mortgage Operations Manager, Lone Star National Bank; Esther G. Guerra, Mortgage Sales Manager, Lone Star National Bank; Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President and Marketing Manager, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Ma. Elena Guerra, Mortgage Loan Officer, Lone Star National Bank; Norma L. Cano, Mission Marketing Manager, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Letty Rodríguez, Sales Representative/Escrow Officer, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; and Jaime Jackson, Mortgage Loan Originator, International Bank of Commerce. The Edinburg EDC Executive Director was the featured speaker on Thursday, October 20, 2016 before The Women’s Council of Realtors McAllen Network during his presentation in Edinburg at Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in Edinburg. Elva Jackson Garza is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg EDC.

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With two months left in 2016, construction activities in Edinburg have approached $189 million, compared with almost $115 million during the same 10 months last year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. Those totals do not include the value of any building-related activities at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and the UTRGV School of Medicine in Edinburg because the state government, not the city, oversees all construction at the Edinburg campus. New single-family homes and multi-family residences (duplexes to apartments) continue to lead the way from January through October 2016, having been issued building permits for a combined total of $114,609,443 in the value of their construction. That figure is more than double the $45,746,390 combined value of single-family homes and multi-family residences approved for construction during the same period last year. Year-to-date (January through October 2016), building permits were issued for 403 single-family residences, valued at $52,402,028, compared with 278 single family residences, valued at $39,781,574 from January through October 2015. Year-to-date (January through October 2016), building permits were issued for 237 multi-family residences, representing 944 units, valued at $62,207,415, compared with 42 multi-family residences, representing 83 units, valued at $5,965,356, from January through October 2015. Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 46 single-family residences, valued at $5,330,686 were approved for construction in October 2016, compared with 21 single-family residences, valued at $2,678,657, during the same month in 2015. Combined, building permits from January through October 2016 were issued for work valued at $188,725,537 compared with $114,664,341 for the same 10 months in 2015. During October 2016, building permits for work valued at $8,963,349 were issued by the city, compared with $14,618,375 in October 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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Total construction in Edinburg, not including value of building activities at UTRGV-Edinburg, approaches $189 million between January and October 2016, announces Edinburg EDC

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

With two months left in 2016, construction activities in Edinburg have approached $189 million, compared with almost $115 million during the same 10 months last year, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

Those totals do not include the value of any building-related activities at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and the UTRGV School of Medicine in Edinburg because the state government, not the city, oversees all construction at the Edinburg campus.

New single-family homes and multi-family residences (duplexes to apartments) continue to lead the way from January through October 2016, having been issued building permits for a combined total of $114,609,443 in the value of their construction. That figure is more than double the $45,746,390 combined value of single-family homes and multi-family residences approved for construction during the same period last year.

Year-to-date (January through October 2016), building permits were issued for 403 single-family residences, valued at $52,402,028, compared with 278 single family residences, valued at $39,781,574 from January through October 2015.

Year-to-date (January through October 2016), building permits were issued for 237 multi-family residences, representing 944 units, valued at $62,207,415, compared with 42 multi-family residences, representing 83 units, valued at $5,965,356, from January through October 2015.

Also according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 46 single-family residences, valued at $5,330,686 were approved for construction in October 2016, compared with 21 single-family residences, valued at $2,678,657, during the same month in 2015.

Combined, building permits from January through October 2016 were issued for work valued at $188,725,537 compared with $114,664,341 for the same 10 months in 2015.

During October 2016, building permits for work valued at $8,963,349 were issued by the city, compared with $14,618,375 in October 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 October 2016, not including the value of the land, are:

$600,000 – Rodgi LLC, 404 S. Veterans Blvd., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision;
$500,000 – Pilar Quesadas Durga Properties, Ltd., 2260 Bus Hay 281, The Landmark at 281 Subdivision; and
$250,000 – MG Kamel Properties, Ltd., 3020 W. Trenton Rd., Marvel Plaza Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg year-to-date (January through October 2016), totaling $188,725,537, were:

$62,207,415 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$52,402,011 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$34,724,255 – Commercial New Construction;
$28,433,953 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,248,011 – 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);
$4,681,475 – 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 October 2016, totaling $8,963,349, were:

$5,330,686 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,480,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$1,097,627 – Commercial Alterations;
$552,151 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$271,235 – Residential Alterations;
$231,650 – 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 October 2015, totaling $114,664,341, were:

$39,781,574 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$23,902,805 – 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);
$21,700,178 – Commercial New Construction;
$17,963,359 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,965,356 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$5,351,069 – 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 October 2015, totaling $14,481,175, were:

$5,825,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$4,736,157 – Commercial Alterations;
$2,678,657 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$641,361 – Residential Alterations;
$600,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$137,200 – 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).

For the month of October 2016, building permits were issued for 48 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $271,235, compared with 62 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $641,361, in October 2015.

Year-to-date (January through October 2016), building permits were issued for 544 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $4,681,475, compared with 528 additions/remodels of single family residences, valued at $5,341,069, from January through October 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled seven buildings, representing 16 units, valued at $552,151, were approved for construction in October 2016, compared with six multi-family residences, representing 12 units, valued at $600,000, in September 2015.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For October 2016, there were 46 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 $245,000, and represented a total value of $5,330,686.

Of the 46 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 29 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.

$245,000 – James G. and Stephanie M. Hetzal, 5104 N. Gwin, Unit 3, Santa Cruz Garden Subdivision,;
$220,000 – DH Construction, 4903 August Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$200,000 – Alfredo Alvarado, 3728 Macquarie Dr., Los Lago, Ph. 3 Subdivision;
$200,000 – Samuel Maldonado, 2236 Arlina Dr., Los Lagos, Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$200,000 – Infinity Custom Construction, LLC, 2301 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$195,000 – Infinity Custom Construction, LLC, 2509 McLeod Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$180,000 – José Lares Onder Ari, 5005 Juno Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$180,000 – A&E Investments, 2510 Elbrus Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$175,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 2611 Drakensburg, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$160,000 – Rocass Homes, 5001 Juno Ct., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$153,560 – McKenny Glenn, Inc. 2508 Colvin Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$150,000 – Jo Jo Thomas, 2012 Turtlelake Ave., Madison Park, Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$150,000 – John Rodríguez, 2405 Penrose Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$150,000 – David Alvarad0, 2316 Liverpool Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$145,000 – D’Ann and Albert Torres, 5515 Ake Ave., Acacia Subdivision;
$141,931 – Odilia Revocable Living Trust, 1508 W. Chapin Rd., Tex-Mex Railway Co.;
$140,000 – John Rodríguez, 2411 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – Key West Construction, LLC, 2314 Holland, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – John Rodríguez, 2408 Elbrus Ave, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – Rubén Mottu, 2201 Opal, Graciela Estates Subdivision;
$128,000 – John Rodríguez, 2313 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$120,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 2415 Radiant, Regal Vista Subdivision;
$120,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 2419 Radiant, Regal Vista Subdivision;
$113,640 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4308 Stillwater Cover, The Coves, Ph. I Subdivision;
$112,000 – Mario Treviño, 2404 Elbrus Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision; and
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1412 Finch Ln., Spring Valley Ph. II Subdivision;
$110,000 – Óscar Cantú Dolcan Construction, 1420 Finch Ln., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$106,463 – West Wind Homes, 1908 Nitsche Dr., Fairheaven Heights, Ph. IV Subdivision; and
$101,120 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 4012 Santa Fe St., Santa Cruz@La Sienna Subdivision;

Commercial New Construction

For October 2016, five permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $1,480,000.

Four of those projects were 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.

$600,000 – Rodgi LLC, 404 S. Veterans Blvd., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision;
$500,000 – Pilar Quesadas Durga Properties, Ltd., 2260 Bus Hwy 281, The Landmark at 281 Subdivision;
$250,000 – MG Kamel Properties, Ltd., 3020 W. Trenton Rd., Marvel Plaza Subdivision; and
$120,000 – TDB Valley Developments, 4107 Crosspoint Blvd., Crosspoint Business Center Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For October 2016, building permits were issued for four multi-family residences new construction, with three 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 $552,151 for that month.

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

$200,000 – Héctor Guerra, 2908 Paraiso St., Tulipan Villas Subdivision;
$168,084 – CF Multi-Family Investment, LLC, 209 Teak Dr., West Oaks Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Rio Grande Bible Institute, 4300 S. U.S. 281, Kelly-Pharr Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For October 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 48 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $350 to $40,000, for a total value of $271,235.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For October 2016, there were 29 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 $800 to $288,000, and represented a total value of $1,097,627.

Of the 29 commercial additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, four 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.

$288,000 – Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance, 5501 McColl Rd., Doctor’s Center Subdivision;
$125,000 – Stripes LLC, 1603 W. University Dr., West Meadows Subdivision;
$115,907 – La Lomita, Inc., 2387 West University Drive; and
$100,000 – Mary and Jessica Lozano, 1217 S. Closner Blvd., Country Club Place Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For October 2016, there were five non-taxable additions/repairs which were issued a building permit by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $1,000 to $130,000, and represented a total value of the work of $231,650.

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

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

$130,000 – City of Edinburg, 315 E. Palm Dr., Tex-Mex Survey Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

For October 2016, there were no building permits issued for non-taxable new construction.

WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS WELCOMES EDINBURG EDC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AGUSTÍN GARCÍA, JR.

The City of Edinburg is a progressive community that is the home of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the UTRGV School of Medicine, the center of county government for Hidalgo County, and many other assets.

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Women’s Council of Realtors McAllen Network received an update on many of Edinburg’s economic development advances through a presentation provided to its membership at Edwards Abstract and Title Co., located at 3111 W. Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg.

The WCR membership includes real estate industry professionals and affiliated businesses.

Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, shared his expert economic insights with the gathering through his presentation, entitled “Keeping the Momentum Going”.

Before being appointed as the Edinburg EDC Executive Director, Agustín García, Jr. served on the Edinburg City Council for seven years. He graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a BBA in Accounting. He has worked with both large and small businesses across many industries.

As Executive Director for the Edinburg EDC, he has helped many businesses and has been a strong advocate of the new medical school and future developments.

Recent successes that the city of Edinburg has experienced are job growth of more than 800 jobs when comparing employment in October 2016 with October 2015, and a 4.7 percent unemployment rate for October 2016, which is better than the the U.S. average of 4.9 percent.

Edinburg also had a lower unemployment rate than Hidalgo County (avg. 6.7 percent) as of October 2016, which is the latest data available from the Texas Workforce Commission:

(http://www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Labforce)

“The Women’s Council of Realtors was pleased to partner with Agustín García, Jr. as we kicked off a series of informative and educational programs that will benefit real estate industry professionals,” said Lee Jinks of Jinks Realty, who also serves as WCR Education Chair. “We invited all realtors, lenders, and affiliated businesses to attend the event.”

The Women’s Council of Realtors, which includes men, features professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve. WCR is a statewide and national volunteer based organization that empowers members by providing education, monthly industry related programs, membership events and connecting them with various resources that are available in the area.

On Facebook, interested persons may friend WCR at http://www.facebook.com/wcrmca.

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Elva Jackson Garza 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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