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Featured: The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s former presidents and chairmen of its Board of Directors on Thursday, June 22, 2017 celebrated their reunion at the historic Southern Pacific Train Depot, home of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Seated, from left, are: Cris M. Torres, Greater State Bank; Edna Peña, Gotta Love It; Letty González, President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Elva Jackson Garza, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Dina Araguz, International Bank of Commerce; and Cynthia García Robles, Gold Financial Services. Standing, from left: Marty Martin, Rio Valley Realty; Mark Magee, PlainsCapital Bank; Mitch Roberts (formerly Roberts Chevrolet); Bob Gaston (formerly Bob Gaston Real Estate); Byron Jay Lewis, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Aaron Peña, Sr., Law Firm of Aaron Peña, Sr.; Johnny Rodríguez, Bert Odgen Dealership Group; and Joe H. Ramón, formerly Joe H. Ramón Realty. Not pictured is Dr. Larry N. Balli, D.D.S.

Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE

Total construction activities in Edinburg from January through June 2017, including more than $22 million for the month of June, reached $172.7 million, compared with $131.7 million during the first half of 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. During June 2017, new construction of single-family homes and new construction of commercial buildings led the way, with the issuance of building permits for investments valued at more than $6.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively. The value of one new city government building (City of Edinburg Engineering Department) came in a close third for that month, being issued a building permit for work valued at more than $4.5 million. Those year-to-date and monthly 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. 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.

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Edinburg Economic Development Corporation reports almost $173 million in construction activities in city for the first half of 2017

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Total construction activities in Edinburg from January through June 2017, including more than $22 million for the month of June, reached $172.7 million, compared with $131.7 million during the first half of 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

During June 2017, new construction of single-family homes and new construction of commercial buildings led the way, with the issuance of building permits for investments valued at more than $6.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively.

The value of one new city government building (City of Edinburg Engineering Department) came in a close third for that month, being issued a building permit valued at more than $4.5 million.

Those year-to-date and monthly 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.

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 JUNE 2017

For June 2017, total construction activities in Edinburg totaled $22,097,957, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

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

$4,537,000 – City of Edinburg Engineering Department, 617 W. University Dr., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision (Category – New Non-Taxable);
$4,000,000 – Doug Matney, 3615 N. I-69, Arguindegui Commercial Subdivision (Category – Commercial New);
$650,000 – ECISD Edinburg North High School, 3101 N. Closner Blvd., Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision (Category – Not-Taxable Addition/Remodel);
$450,000 – Rosebriar Holding, 1606 W. University Dr. Ste 1, Sugar Plaza Subdivision (Category – Commercial Additions/Repairs);
$400,000 – Raúl López, 2511 Victoria Ave., Bentley Estates Subdivision (Category – Residence New); and
$400,000 – South Texas Independent School District, 510 S. Sugar Road, Tex-Mex Subdivision (Category – Non-Taxable Addition/Remodel).

263 NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, VALUED AT ALMOST $31 MILLION, APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION DURING FIRST HALF OF 2017

For the month of June 2017, building permits were issued for 52 new single-family residences, valued at $6,404,381, compared with 40 new single-family residences, valued at $4,333,939, during June 2016.

Year-to-date (January through June 2017), building permits were issued for 263 new single-family residences, valued at $30,916,613, compared with 183 new single-family residences, valued at $29,887,130, from January through June 2016.

In addition, for the month of June 2017, building permits were issued for 61 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $601,956, compared with 53 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $421,641, in June 2016.

Year-to-date (January through June 2017), building permits were issued for 384 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $3,372,279, compared with 320 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $2,932,887, from January through June 2016.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled 24 buildings, representing 48 units, valued at $2,836,182, were approved for construction in June 2017. By comparison, there were 41 multi-family residences, representing 304 units, valued at $24,761,970, issued building permits in June 2016.

Year-to-date (January through June 2017), building permits were issued for 144 multi-family residences, representing 440 units, valued at $23,301,626, compared with 142 multi-family residences, representing 654 units, valued at $42,526,940, from January through June 2016.

The top categories in Edinburg for June 2017, which led to the total figure of $22,o97,957, were:

$6,404,381 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,700,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$4,537,000 – 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);
$2,836,182 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,660,538 – 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).
$1,357,900 – Commercial Alterations; and
$601,956 – Residential Alterations;

The top categories in Edinburg during June 2016, which led to the total figure of $31,699,437, were:

$24,761,970 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,333,939 – 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;
$314,040 – Commercial Alterations;
$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 June 2017, which led to the total figure of $172,728,649, were:

$84,537,000 – 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);
$30,916,613– Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$23,301,626 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$19,082,694 – Commercial New Construction;
$7,166,522 – Commercial Alterations;
$4,351,915 – 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
$3,372,279 – Residential Alterations.

During the previous year, for the months of January through June 2016, the top categories in Edinburg, which led to the total figure of $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); and
$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).

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For June 2017, there were 52 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 $400,000, and represented a total value of $6,404,381.

Of the 52 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 34 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.

$400,000 – Raúl López, 2511 Victoria Ave., Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$242,000 – Criselda Molina, 2706 Wolverine St., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$208,000 – Joe Quiroga, 923 E. Canton Rd., Canton Heights #1 Subdivision;
$200,000 – Rich Heritage Construction, 3112 Esmeralda St., Canton Heights Subdivision;
$200,000 – Lord I. González, 2308 Penrose, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$200,000 – Víctor Chow, 2301 McCleod Dr., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$194,000 – Alondra Mercado, 1420 Cortez Dr., Trenton Manor Unit II Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$180,000 – Melinda Barrera, 2637 Easy St., Copperfield Subdivision;
$180,000 – Félix Hernández, 2108 George St., Van-Marck Terrace Subdivision;
$160,000 – Guillens Business & Investments, LLC., 3211 Lago Superior St., Lumen Ph. A Subdivision;
$150,000 – DH Construction, Inc., 4922 June Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$150,000 – Verturo Construction Co., 3109 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$144,250 – Guillens Business & Investments, LLC, 1703 Lago Huron St., Lumen Ph. A Subdivision;
$140,000 – Flores Homes, 3116 Francis Ln., Santa Cruz Estates Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$140,000 – Judith Pérez, 4014 Aguilar St., Primarosa Estates Subdivision;
$136,000 – Talamsa, Inc., 1907 Lago Huron, Lumen Ph. A Subdivision;
$128,480 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 2512 Colvin Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$128,800 – McKenney Glenn, Inc., 2406 Colvin Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$126,000 – Mesquite Homes, LLC, 2308 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$121,495 – Camino Real Builders, 1503 Chapel Hill Ave., The Hills at Chapin Subdivision;
$120,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 3919 Revilla St., Valencia Subdivision;
$120,000 – Erasmo Rodríguez Homes, 2309 Elbrus Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$120,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 3917 Revilla St., Valencia Subdivision;
$120,000 – Óscar Rodríguez, 1228 Ricco St., Lantana Estates Subdivision;
$120,000 – Maverick Valley Builders, LLC, 1409 Bianca, Lantana Estates Subdivision;
$115,000 – Envy Homes, 3517 Featherie St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$113,905 – Camino Real Builders, 1409 Chapel Hill Ave., The Hills at Chapin Subdivision;
$110,000 – Óscar Cantú Dolcan Construction, 2019 Teal Ln., Spring Valley II Subdivision;
$107,370 – CJE Construction, 2810 Bobcat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$105,000 – Maricela Suárez, 920 Hill Country Dr., Hill Country Villas Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$100,000 – IGVI LLC, 2509 April, Granite Meadows Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$100,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1313 Sweet Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$100,000 – IGVI LLC, 2513 April Ave., Granite Meadows Ph. 2 Subdivision; and
$100,000 – UR Homes Texas, LLC, 1301 Sweet Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For June 2017, two permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $4,700,000.

Both of those projects were 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.

$4,500,000 – Doug Matney, 3615 N. I-69, Arguindegui Commercial Subdivision; and
$200,000 – First Hartford Realty Corp., 339 E. Trenton Rd., The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For June 2017, building permits were issued for 13 multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel, with each 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 $2,836,182 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:

$257,873 – R.R. Platinum Investments, LLC, 2907 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$254,873 – R.R. Platinum Investments, LLC, 2812 Wolverine St., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$250,859 – R.R. Platinum Investments, LLC, 2816 Wolverine St., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$250,859 – R.R. Platinum Investments, LLC, 2808 Wolverine St., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$250,859 – V&O, 3101 Javalina Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$250,859 – Truvag Development, LLC, 3105 Javalina Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$230,000 – GC García Construction, 101 Fig Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$225,000 – Chapa Group, 2402 Mojave St., The Sands Subdivision;
$225,000 – Chapa Group, 2408 Mojave St., The Sands Subdivision;
$200,000 – Juan Muñiz, 2116 Taxco, Villas Escondidas Subdivision;
$180,000 – José A. Fuentes Sygma Builders, 220 Teak Dr., West Oaks Subdivision;
$160,000 – Erickson Construction, LLC, 2910 Sabercat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Edinburg Legends, LTD, 1815 W. Chapin Rd., Tex-Mex Railway Company Survey Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For June 2017, there were no residential additions/repairs projects, valued at $100,000 or higher, issued a building permit by the city.

In all, there were 61 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $59,000, for a total value of $601,956.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For June 2017, there were 28 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 $450,000, and represented a total value of $1,357,900.

Of the 28 commercial additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, three were for construction each valued at $100,000 or higher.

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

$450,000 – Rosebriar Holding, 1606 W. University Dr., Set. 1, Sugar Plaza Subdivision;
$265,000 – The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley LP, 419 E. Trenton Rd., The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley Subdivision; and
$200,000 – HEB Grocery Company, 2700 W. Freddy González Dr., Tex Mex Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

For June 2017, there were 16 non-taxable additions/remodels issued building permits by the city.

Those 16 building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represent a combined value of work of $1,660,538.

Three of those projects involved building permits each valued at $100,000 or more.

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

$650,000 – ECISD Edinburg North High School, 3101 N. Closner Blvd., Texas Mexican Railway Subdivision;
$400,000 – South Texas Independent School District, 510 S. Sugar Rd., Tex-Mex Subdivision; and
$395,000 – Hidalgo County Precinct 4 (Jose Ochoa, Jr.) , 1124 N. M Rd., Hidalgo County Boot Camp Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

For June 2017, there was one building permit issued for non-taxable new construction:

$4,537,000 – City of Edinburg Engineering Department, 617 W. University Dr., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

FORMER LEADERS OF EDINBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATE REUNION

Former presidents and chairmen of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Thursday, June 22, 2017 celebrated their reunion at the historic Southern Pacific Train Depot, home of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This group, which serves in an advisory capacity to the current members of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, met to hold the election of officers for their alumni leadership group.

Nominees who were unanimously elected as officers were Elva Jackson Garza (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.), President; Mark Magee (PlainsCapital Bank), Treasurer’ and Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Secretary.

The term “president”, which is the title now held by Letty González, was formerly used to designate the leader of the Board of Directors of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, but was later changed to “Chairman” of the Board of Directors. The term “president” of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce now designates the administrative leader of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, not of its Board of Directors.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1932.

This organization, whose primary mission is to serve the businesses in Edinburg and members from surrounding cities, has grown and prospered over the years due to the dedication and commitment of many of the former presidents and chairmen of its board of trustees.

The Presidents Wall honors the business leaders who have served the organization during the past eight decades.

“The continued commitment of the former presidents and chairmen of the Board of Directors is evident by the attendance that we had at the meeting on June 22, 2017,” said Jackson Garza. “Fourteen leaders from as far away as Austin, Seguin and San Antonio made it a point to travel to Edinburg and to join the group. This is truly amazing and rewarding.”

A round table discussion was held regarding the current programs and services offered to the membership by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Special acknowledgement was made to the Edinburg Industrial Foundation for the support of the historic Southern Pacific Train Depot, home of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Foundation’s contribution has allowed that an endowment fund be set up for the preservation and restoration of the Depot that was built in 1927. This will assure that future generations will enjoy the facility that welcomes thousands of visitors, volunteers, Winter Texans, citizens and the Chamber members each year.

For more information on the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Former Presidents meeting, please contact the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956/383-4974.

The current leadership of the Board of Directors of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce are:

Jacob De León
Memorial Funeral Home
Chairman of the Board

Letty González
Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
President

Marty Martin
Rio Valley Realty
Immediate Past-Chair

Alex Ríos
Kids’ Kollege Learning Center
Chair-Elect
Vice-Chair of Leadership Edinburg

Elva Jackson Garza
Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
Vice-Chair of Public Affairs

J.J. Flores
Chorizo de San Manuel, Inc.
Vice-Chair of Special Events

Hiren Govind
Best Western Plus- Edinburg Inn and Suites
Vice-Chair of Tourism

Michael J. Williamson
PlainsCapital Bank
Treasurer

Lucy Canales
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Director

Mario Lizcano
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Director

Lee Castro
Legacy Funeral Home
Director

Verónica Gonzáles-Villarreal
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Director

Jennifer Garza
Edinburg Regional Medical Center/South Texas Health Systems
Director

Rey Garza
H-E-B Edinburg #2
Director

Sergio González
Rosie’s Flower Shop
Director

Robert Lucio
Bert Ogden Dealer Group
Director

Gregory Martin
Martin Farm & Ranch Supply Inc.
Director

Dina Araguz, Director
International Bank of Commerce
Director

Richard Molina, Director
Odyssey Primary Home Care
Director

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Ronnie Larralde 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

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