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Featured, from left: Roberto González, Publisher, Texas Border Business and Mega Doctor News; Peter Higgins, Managing Partner, Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg; and Juan Luis Mussenden, General Manager, Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 inside the multi-million dollar, nationally-rated restaurant, which is one of dozens of construction projects valued at $1 million and higher that have been built in Edinburg during the past two years. Bob’s Steak & Chop House has scheduled its grand opening for the Valley for Friday, July 14, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is conveniently located by Interstate Highway 69 (U.S. Expressway 281) at The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley. More information is available online at https://www.facebook.com/bobsedinburg/. “I had the honor of visiting the new Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg during its preparation for their grand opening. The only comment I have is that the venue is a magnificent place to gather and dine. It will bring patrons from 250 miles’ radius to include South Texas and Mexico,” said González.

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As Bob’s Steak & Chop House, one of the latest construction projects in Edinburg valued at $2.5 million, prepares for its grand opening on Friday, July 14, 2017, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation announced that total construction activities in the city reached more than $150 million from January through May 2017, including $10.1 million for the month of May. The year-to-date figure of $150.6 million continues to outperform last year’s pace, when total construction in Edinburg for the first five months of 2016 had reached slightly more than $100 million. For the month of May 2017 – the latest figures available from the city – Edinburg saw construction permits issued for work valued at $10,186,236, with single-family homes and multi-family residences leading the way, at $4 million and $2.7 million, respectively. 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. As a result, the city – through its Code Enforcement Department – does not issue building permits for any construction work at UTRGV or its School of Medicine, or count the value of those activities in the city’s monthly and year-to-date figures. The Edinburg EDC, of which Gus García is Executive Director, 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. Mayor Richard García and Edinburg EDC Executive Director Gus García are not related. 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.

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Edinburg Economic Development Corporation reports $150.6 million in construction in city between January and May 2017, $50 million ahead of last year’s pace

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

As Bob’s Steak & Chop House, one of the latest construction projects in Edinburg valued at $2.5 million, prepares for its grand opening on Friday, July 14, 2017, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation announced that total construction activities in the city reached more than $150 million from January through May 2017, including $10.1 million for the month of May.

The year-to-date figure of $150.6+ million continues to outperform last year’s pace, when total construction in Edinburg for the first five months of 2016 had reached slightly more than $100 million.

For the month of May 2017 – the latest figures available from the city – Edinburg saw construction permits issued for work valued at $10,186,236, with single-family homes and multi-family residences leading the way, at $4 million and $2.7 million, respectively.

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.

As a result, the city – through its Code Enforcement Department – does not issue building permits for any construction work at UTRGV or its School of Medicine, or count the value of those activities in the city’s monthly and year-to-date figures.

The building permits do not include the value of the land for the homes and buildings.

The Edinburg EDC, of which Gus García is Executive Director, 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.

Mayor Richard García and Edinburg EDC Executive Director Gus García are not related.

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.

MOST VALUABLE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR MAY 2017

For May 2017, total construction activities in Edinburg totaled $10,186,236, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

The top construction projects in Edinburg for May 2017, not including the value of the land, are:

$650,000 – Carmike Cinemas, 3003 S. Expressway 281, Carmike Cinemas Subdivision (Category – Commercial Additions/Repairs);
$413,685 – Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Maintenance Building, 2600 E. Wisconsin Road, John Closner Alamo Land Subdivision (Category – Non-Taxable Addition/Remodel);
$355,000 – Juan and Diana Olivares, 2109 Fuente De Gozo St., Villa Las Fuentes, Ph. 1 Subdivision (Category – Single Family Residence, New Construction);
$321,755 – Edinburg North High School, 3101 N. Closner Blvd., Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision (Category – Non-Taxable Addition/Remodel);
$320,000 – Alfredo Rojas, 3105 Crystal Falls Ave., Madison Park Subdivision (Category – Single Family Residence, New Construction); and
$300,000 – Edinburg North High School, 101 N. Closner Blvd., Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision (Category – Non-Taxable Addition/Remodel).

211 NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, VALUED AT MORE THAN $24.5 MILLION, APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION DURING FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2017

For the month of May 2017, building permits were issued for 33 new single-family residences, valued at $4,046,874, compared with 45 new single-family residences, valued at $5,442,978, during May 2016.

Year-to-date (January through May 2017), building permits were issued for 211 new single-family residences, valued at $24,512,232, compared with 183 new single-family residences, valued at $25,553,201, from January through May 2016.

In addition, for the month of May 2017, building permits were issued for 62 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $554,539, compared with 67 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $592,202, in May 2016.

Year-to-date (January through May 2017), building permits were issued for 323 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $2,770,323, compared with 320 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $2,511,246, from January through May 2016.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 33 buildings, representing 175 units, valued at $2,737,600, were approved for construction in May 2017. By comparison, there were 18 multi-family residences, representing 38 units, valued at $1,488,900, issued building permits in May 2016.

Year-to-date (January through May 2017), building permits were issued for 120 multi-family residences, representing 392 units, valued at $20,465,444, compared with 101 multi-family residences, representing 350 units, valued at $17,764,970, from January through May 2016.

The top categories in Edinburg for May 2017, which led to the total figure of $10,186,236, were:

$4,046,874 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,737,600 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,416,794 – Commercial New Construction;
$1,275,429 – 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);
$554,539 – Residential Alterations;
$155,000 – 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 during May 2016, which led to the total figure of $17,954,224, were:

$6,769,244 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,442,978 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,600,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$1,488,900 – 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 for the months of January through May 2017, which led to the total figure of $150,630,692, were:

$80,000,000 – 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);
$24,512,232 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$20,465,444 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$14,382,694 – Commercial New Construction;
$5,808,622 – Commercial Alterations;
$2,770,323 – Residential Alterations; and
$2,691,377 – 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).

During the previous year, for the months of January through May 2016, the top categories in Edinburg, which led to the total figure of $100,045,431, were:

$28,530,000 – 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).

MAY 2017 CITY BUILDING PERMITS, $100,000 AND HIGHER

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For May 2017, there were 33 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 $355,000, and represented a total value of $4,046,874.

Of the 33 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 20 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.

$355,000 – Juan and Diana Olivares, 2109 Fuente De Gozo St., Villa Las Fuentes, Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$320,000 – Alfredo Rojas, 3105 Crystal Falls Ave., Madison Park Subdivision;
$235,000 – Alce Real Estates LLC, 3009 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$200,000 – Adán Garza, 4809 August Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$190,000 – Juan Rivas, 2506 Wolverine St., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$180,000 – David Tamez, 3202 Monroe Ave., Madison Park Subdivision;
$170,959 – Eberardo Soliz, 1523 N. Monmack Rd., Abe Soliz Subdivision;
$164,000 – Celia Gaona, 1510 Maravilla Dr., Summerset Estates Subdivision;
$145,000 – Gabriel Jana, 2322 Supreme Dr., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$140,000 – Andrés Palma, 2310 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – Sylvia Mireles, 1909 Mesquite St., Regency Square Unit #5 Subdivision;
$120,000 – Arqcarpa Design and Construction, 2314 Elbrus Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$115,000 – Golden Gate Construction, 2510 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$115,000 – Mario Treviño, 2602 Vancouver, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$110,000 – Laura Tiscareño, 1105 July Dr., Summerfield Subdivision;
$105,280 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 3910 Santa Fe St., Santa Cruz Gardens Subdivision;
$102,381– Westwind Homes, 605 Central Park St., Russell Park Subdivision;
$100,160 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 3906 Santa Fe, Santa Cruz Subdivision;
$100,000 – Antre Homes, Inc., 607 Cathedral, The Hills at Chapin Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Menghung Wiu Formosa Homes, 3413 Lerma Dr., Salva Tierra Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For May 2017, two permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $155,000.

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 owner, address, and subdivision. The permit does not include the value of the lot.

$150,000 – Brisal Construction, 4114 Crosspoint Blvd., Crosspoint Business Plaza Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For May 2017, building permits were issued for 13 multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel, with all 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 $2,737,600 for that month.

The building permits for the 13 structures each valued at $100,000 0r higher follow by value of the construction, name of the owner, address, and subdivision:

$240,000 – Alce Real Estates, LLC., 3111 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$240,000 – Alce Real Estates, LLC., 3103 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$240,000 – Alce Real Estates, LLC., 3107 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$240,000 – Casas M&T, LLC., 2809 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$235,000 – Alce Real Estates, LLC., 3005 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$235,000 – Alce Real Estates, LLC., 3001 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$235,000 – Casas M&T LLC, 2903 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$225,000 – Chapa & Trejo Investments, LLC., 2304 Mojave, The Sands Subdivision;
$22o,000 – Ernesto Guajardo, 2906 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$185,000 – Skuadra Developers, 2614 Primrose Ave., McColl Manor Subdivision;
$177,600 – Danube Builders, 201 Teak, West Oaks Subdivision;
$135,000 – Bilal Mougharbel, 2709 Ringed Cir., Presidio Subdivision; and
$130,000 – Fadi Torres, 2414 Candlelight Ln., Golden Crest Apt. Comm Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For May 2017, there was one residential additions/repairs project, valued at $100,000 or higher, issued a building permit by the city.

In all, there were 62 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $100,000, for a total value of $554,539.

The lone residential addition/repair project issued a building permit for work valued at $100,000 or higher was:

$100,000 – Sandra Coy Sheldon, 3708 S. Sugar Rd., Kelly Pharr Tract E170’-W180’-N92…Subdivision.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For May 2017, there were 26 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 $650,000, and represented a total value of $1,416,794.

Of the 26 commercial additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, four were for construction each valued at $100,000 or higher.

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

$650,000 – Carmike Cinemas, Inc., 3003 S. Expressway 281, Carmike Cinemas Subdivision;
$210,000 – RB Sugar Plaza, LP., 1614 W. University Dr., Sugar Plaza Subdivision;
$165,000 – Windrose Edinburg Properties, LLC., 4302 Sugar Rd., Trenton Rd. Subdivision; and
$115,000 – Astchar LLC., 112 E. Cano St., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For May 2017, there were 10 non-taxable additions/remodels issued building permits by the city.

Those 10 building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represent a combined value of work of $1,275,429.

Four of those projects involved a building permit each valued at $100,000 or more.

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

$413,685 – ECISD Maintenance Bldg., 2600 Wisconsin Rd., John Closner Alamo Land Subdivision;
$321,755 – ECISD North High School, 3101 N. Closner Blvd, Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision;
$300,000 – Edinburg North High School, 3101 N. Closner Blvd., Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision; and
$100,000 – IDEA Public Schools, 2553 Roegiers Rd., Bldg. A., Boys and Girls Club Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

For May 2017, there were no building permits issued for non-taxable new construction.

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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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