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Featured: Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Executive Vice President, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, on Monday, December 12, 2016, speaks with Valley journalists about the 26 articulation agreements signed between UTRGV and South Texas College at a ceremony held at STC in McAllen. The partnership will provide a seamless pathway allowing STC students to move from an associate degree at STC to a bachelor’s degree in those programs at UTRGV. 

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

Almost $210 million in construction, not including value of building activities at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and School of Medicine, took place in Edinburg in 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. New single-family homes and multi-family residences (duplexes to apartments) led the way in 2016, with building permits issued for a combined total of $128,328,117 in the value of their construction. That figure is more than double the $62,284,040 combined value of single-family homes and multi-family residences approved for construction in 2015. In 2016, building permits were issued for 478 single-family residences, valued at $62,768,702 compared with 340 single family residences, valued at $47,969,918 in 2015. Also in 2016, building permits were issued for 267 multi-family residences, representing 1,o21 units, valued at $65,559,415, compared with 63 multi-family residences, representing 197 units, valued at $14,314,122 in 2015. For the month of December 2016, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 41 single-family residences, valued at $6,182,305 were approved for construction, compared with 33 single-family residences, valued at $4,317,674, during the same month in 2015. Combined, building permits in 2016 were issued for work valued at $209,189,249, compared with $139,559,411 in 2015. The top construction projects in Edinburg for December 2016, not including the value of the land, are: $800,000 – Dr. Jerry Alvarado, 2823 Puente De Paz St., Villa Las Fuentes Ph. 1 Subdivision; $750,000 – R&N Properties, 1814 E. Iowa Rd., Poco Bueno Subdivision; $425,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC,  2508 Hampton, Bentley Estates Subdivision; and $400,000 – Provecho LP, 2111 W. University Dr., Wendy’s University Subdivision. 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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Almost $210 million in construction, not including value of building activities at UTRGV and School of Medicine, took place in Edinburg in 2016

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Almost $210 million in construction, not including value of building activities at UTRGV and School of Medicine, took place in Edinburg in 2016, 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) led the way in 2016, with building permits issued for a combined total of $128,328,117 in the value of their construction. That figure is more than double the $62,284,040 combined value of single-family homes and multi-family residences approved for construction in 2015.

In 2016, building permits were issued for 478 single-family residences, valued at $62,768,702 compared with 340 single family residences, valued at $47,969,918 in 2015.

Also in 2016, building permits were issued for 267 multi-family residences, representing 1,o21 units, valued at $65,559,415, compared with 63 multi-family residences, representing 197 units, valued at $14,314,122 in 2015.

For the month of December 2016, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department, 41 single-family residences, valued at $6,182,305 were approved for construction, compared with 33 single-family residences, valued at $4,317,674, during the same month in 2015.

Combined, building permits in 2016 were issued for work valued at $209,189,249, compared with $139,559,411 in 2015.

During December 2016, building permits for work valued at $9,537,725 were issued by the city, compared with $11,736,928 in December 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 December 2016, not including the value of the land, are:

$800,000 – Dr. Jerry Alvarado, 2823 Puente De Paz St., Villa Las Fuentes Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$750,000 – R&N Properties, 1814 E. Iowa Rd., Poco Bueno Subdivision;
$425,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC,  2508 Hampton, Bentley Estates Subdivision; and
$400,000 – Provecho LP, 2111 W. University Dr., Wendy’s University Subdivision.

The top categories in Edinburg for 2016, which led to the total figure of $209,189,249, were:

$65,559,415 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$62,768,702 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$37,924,255 – Commercial New Construction;
$30,285,847 – Commercial Alterations;
$6,168,011 – 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);
$5,454,619 – 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 December 2016, which led to the total figure of $9,537,725, were:

$6,182,305 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,842,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$571,227 – Commercial Alterations;
$405,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$367,193 – Residential Alterations;
$170,000 – 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); 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 in 2015, which led to the total figure of $139,559,411, were:

$47,969,918 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$27,756,178 – Commercial New Construction;
$24,519,797 – 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);
$18,761,863 – Commercial Alterations;
$14,314,122 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$6,237,533 – 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 in December 2015, which led to the total figure of $11,736,928, were:

$6,050,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,317,674 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$494,863 – Residential Alterations;
$325,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$289,299 – Commercial Alterations;
$260,092 – 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 December 2016, building permits were issued for 42 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $367,193, compared with 43 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $494,863, in December 2015.

In 2016, building permits were issued for 679 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $5,454,619, compared with 627 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $6,237,533, in 2015.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 12 buildings, representing 41 units, valued at $1,842,000, were approved for construction in December 2016. There were 21 multi-family projects, representing 114 units, valued at $6,050,000, issued building permit renewals in December 2015.

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For December 2016, there were 41 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $35,000 to $800,000, and represented a total value of $6,283,940.

Of the 41 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.

$800,000 – Dr. Jeffrey Alvarado, 2823 Fuente De Paz St., Villa Las Fuentes Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$425,000 – Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC, 2508 Hampton Ave, Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$350,000 – Benjamín Zepeda, 2102 Fuente De Gozo St., Villa Las Fuentes Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$250,000 – Jesús Bermúdez, 1204 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$225,000 – Mesquite Homes, LLC, 4901 Bristol St., Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$200,000 – Waldo Homes, LLC, 2505 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$200,000 – Rocass Homes, 2408 Holland, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$187,000 – Randy and Zymarie Deocampo, 3012 Machester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$180,000 – J.R. Treviño, 1004 Goodrich Dr., Castle Ridge Estates Subdivision;
$180,000 – Onder Ari, Ari Development and Const., 3028 Manchester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$171,000 – Infinity Custom Construction, LLC, 2505 McLeod, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$160,000 – Sergio González Alpha Construction, 2205 Chance Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$160,000 – Roel A. Rodríguez, 3111 Salvador Ave., West Meadows Unit 2 Subdivision;
$150,000 – Antre Homes, Inc., 2213 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$150,000 – Víctor Silva, 2216 Links Dr., Los Lagos Ph. 3 Subdivision;
$130,000 – Edel Construction, 3412 Valle Cir., Sugarland Estates Subdivision; and
$129,200 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 3918 Santa Fe, Santa Cruz@La Sienna Subdivision;
$120,000 – Edward and Elizabeth Castro, 3409 Pelican Lake Ave., Madison Park Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$115,000 – Marie Flores, 1713 Wisconsin Rd., John Closner Subdivision;
$110,000 – Pablo Grimaldo, 5014 Juno Cir, Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$101,635 – West Wind Homes, 2609 Singletary Dr., Fairhaven Heights Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$100,000 – Manuel Morales, 9904 Via Sol Dr., Vista Del Sol Ph. 3 Subdivision;
$100,000 – Antonio Silmaro, 2201 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Alejandro Muntante, 3608 Morris St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For December 2016, two permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $405,000.

Both of those projects were valued at $100,000 or higher.

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

$255,000 – DLGR Holding LLC, 4913 Jackson Road, Bentley Estates Subdivision; and
$150,000 – Scot L. Wylie, 1718 S. 28th Ave., EEDC No. 3 Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For December 2016, building permits were issued for 10 multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel, with eight 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 $1,842,000 for that month.

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

$750,000 – R&N Properties, 1814 E. Iowa Rd, Poco Bueno Subdivision;
$220,000 – Víctor Chow, 202 Fig Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$165,000 – Elite Built Development, LLC, 2609 Larkspur, McColl Manor Subdivision;
$150,000 – Gastón Sosa, 602 S. Pin Oak Rd., The Enclave of Pin Oak Subdivision;
$140,000 – Verónica Barrera, 404 W. Chavez, Conrad Subdivision;
$125,000 – Miguel A. López, 29o7 Bella Flor, Tulipan Village Subdivision;
$125,000 – Acero Investments Group, 2901 Linda Vista St., Tulipan Village Subdivision; and
$125,000 – Miguel A. López, 3011 Linda Vista St., Tulipan Village Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

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

In all, there were 42 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $15 to $100,000, for a total value of $367,193.

That building permit for the one structure valued at $100,000 0r higher follows by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$100,000 – Mike and Susan Hancock, 1412 Sevilla Blvd., Sevilla Park Subdivision.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For December 2016, there were 30 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 $400,000, and represented a total value of $571,227.

Of the 30 commercial 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, address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

$400,000 – Provecho LP, 2111 W. University Dr., Wendy’s University Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For December 2016, there were two non-taxable additions/repairs issued building permits by the city.

Those two building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represent a combined value of work of $170,000.

One of those projects involved a building permit valued at $100,000 or more. That permit follows by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

$118,000 –  Hidalgo County Precinct No. 4, 1051 N. Doolittle Road, Precinct #4 Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

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

UTRGV AND STC PARTNER ON ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS TO SMOOTH STUDENT TRANSITION BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS

Twenty-six articulation agreements signed on Monday, December 12, 2016 between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College will ensure a seamless pathway for students to move from an associate’s degree at STC to earning their bachelor’s degree at UTRGV.

The agreements, signed by the acting provosts and college deans at each institution during a ceremony at the STC Library’s Rainbow Room, are at the course level and provide a 2+2 roadmap spelling out what courses students will take in their programs, saving time and money spent by students who might enroll in wrong or unnecessary courses and expediting their graduation.

STC President Dr. Shirley Reed and UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez both praised the long history the two institutions have had in working together to promote accessibility to and student success in higher education by South Texas students.

Rodríguez is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

“This is a commitment of individuals who see as their primary goal student success,” Rodríguez said. “At the end of the day that is why we are here. We want students in South Texas to be successful, obtain a degree and to become contributing global citizens who have significant impacts in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.”

Such agreements have been historically in force with UTRGV’s legacy institutions for many years and with the formation of UTRGV, a new memorandum of understanding was signed August 2015 that led to the creation of the program level agreements signed at the ceremony.

Reed praised the hard work and dedication by administrators and faculty at each institution to facilitate the latest agreements.

“These agreements are a testimony to the confidence both institutions have in each other,” she said.  “We know we can count on them (UTRGV) to take our students on the next leg of their journey to graduation with a bachelor’s degree. And I know that they have a great deal of confidence and respect regarding the preparation students have received while at South Texas College.”

Dr. Kristen Croyle, UTRGV Vice President for Student Success, said faculty at UTRGV and STC worked together over the past year to make sure the curriculum at both schools meshes together.

“After the faculty constructed the agreements, they also constructed roadmaps specifically for students to use and are on our websites, so the students at STC can say ‘after I take these classes, I’ll finish my associate’s degree and then I can seamlessly go to UTRGV and take these listed classes and I’ll finish my bachelor’s degree,’” she said. “It will save them time, money, and headaches.”

Two other agreements between UTRGV and STC will be signed in the near future said Dr. Anahid Petrosian, STC Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, who spoke at the ceremony.

One will facilitate the transfer of honors students and nine honors credit hours at STC directly into the Honors College at UTRGV.

The other agreement will provide for a seamless transfer of students between STC and UTRGV in the New Mathways Project implemented by The University of Texas at Austin’s Charles Dana Center with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, which represents all 50 independent community colleges in the state.

This agreement, the first in the nation, will ensure that the developmental math that students are required to take will align with the math and the program they plan to take at UTRGV, thus reducing the sequences of prerequisite courses students will take. For example, if students are going to take a statistics class, they should be taking developmental math that is aligned toward statistics and the degree that they plan to pursue.

Articulation agreements signed at the Monday, December 12, 2016 ceremony were in the following areas and programs:

• Engineering, Math and Science
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Computer Science
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
• Education
• Music
• Art
• Theater
• Communication
• Criminal Justice
• History
• History (Certification)
• Social Studies Composite
• Social Studies Composite (Certification)
• English
• Philosophy
• Psychology
• Anthropology
• Sociology
• Social Work
• Nursing and Allied Health
• Nursing
• Business and Technology
• Business Administration

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Diana Ramos and Gail Fagan 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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