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Featured, from left: Agustín García, Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, and Mark Hanna, Publisher, Rio Grande Guardian, pause for a photograph at the Edinburg EDC complex, located in the city’s downtown, prior to a live video broadcast on Wednesday August 16, 2017 by the international news publication, which launched in July 2005. García, in an hour-long interview, provided detailed information on the achievements and goals of the Edinburg EDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The interview, in its entirety, is available for viewing at the Edinburg EDC Facebook page.

Photograph By STEVE TAYLOR

Total construction activities in Edinburg from January through July 2017, including more than $23.3 million for the month of July, reached $194.6 million, compared with $152.4 million during the first seven months of 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. During July 2017, new construction of multi-family homes and new construction of single-family residences led the way, with the issuance of building permits for investments valued at more than $9.5 million and more than $6 million, respectively.  The top construction projects in Edinburg for July 2017, not including the value of the land, are: $8,603,477 –Wisconsin Street Housing LP, 2132 E. Wisconsin Rd., The Heights Subdivision; $2,100,000 – Lakeside Produce USA, 1302 S. 28th, Tex-Mex Subdivision; $1,500,000 – Dan and Jacky Damon Family Trust, 508 W. Trenton Rd., Kelly-Pharr Subdivision; $1,498,000 – City Of Edinburg Fire Station No. 3, 8502 Jasman Road; and $1,400,000 – Raising Cane’s Restaurant, LLC, 718 W. University Dr., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision. 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 $195 million in construction activities in city from January through July 2017

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Total construction activities in Edinburg from January through July 2017, including more than $23.3 million for the month of July, reached $194.6 million, compared with $152.4 million during the first seven months of 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

During July 2017, new construction of multi-family homes and new construction of single-family residences led the way, with the issuance of building permits for investments valued at more than $9.5 million and more than $6 million, respectively.

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 Agustín 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 Agustín 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 JULY 2017

For July 2017, total construction activities in Edinburg was $23,385,761, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

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

$8,603,477 –Wisconsin Street Housing LP, 2132 E. Wisconsin Rd., The Heights Subdivision (Multi-Family New/Addition/Remodel);
$2,100,000 – Lakeside Produce USA, 1302 S. 28th, Tex-Mex Subdivision (Commercial Additions/Repairs);
$1,500,000 – Dan and Jacky Damon Family Trust, 508 W. Trenton Rd., Kelly-Pharr Subdivision (Commercial New);
$1,498,000 – City Of Edinburg Fire Station No. 3, 8502 Jasmine Road (New Non-Taxable); and
$1,400,000 – Raising Cane’s Restaurant, LLC, 718 W. University Dr., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision (Commercial New).

310 NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, VALUED AT $37 MILLION, APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION FROM JANUARY THROUGH JULY 2017

For the month of July 2017, building permits were issued for 47 new single-family residences, valued at $6,085,168, compared with 34 new single-family residences, valued at $4,071,753, during July 2016.

Year-to-date (January through July 2017), building permits were issued for 310 new single-family residences, valued at $37,001,781, compared with 257 new single-family residences, valued at $33,958,883, from January through July 2016.

In addition, for the month of July 2017, building permits were issued for 63 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $597,706, compared with 58 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $480,871, in July 2016.

Year-to-date (January through July 2017), building permits were issued for 447 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $3,969,985, compared with 431 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $3,413,758, from January through July 2016.

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled eight buildings, representing 16 units, valued at $9,592,477, were approved for construction in July 2017. By comparison, there were 30 multi-family residences, representing 155 units, valued at $14,165,120, issued building permits in July 2016.

Year-to-date (January through July 2017), building permits were issued for 152 multi-family residences, representing 456 units, valued at $32,894,103, compared with 172 multi-family residences, representing 810 units, valued at $56,692,060, from January through July 2016.

The top categories in Edinburg for July 2017, which led to the total figure of $23,385,761, were:

$9,592,477 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$6,085,168 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,916,500 – Commercial New Construction;
$2,612,410 – Commercial Alterations;
$1,498,000 – 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);
$597,706 – Residential Alterations; and
$83,500 – 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).

The top categories in Edinburg during July 2016, which led to the total figure of $20,681,153, were:

$14,165,120– Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$4,071,753 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$1,661,759 – 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);
$480,871 – Residential Alterations;
$256,650 – Commercial Alterations;
$45,000 – Commercial New Construction; 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 July 2017, which led to the total figure of $194,616,410, 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);
$37,001,781– Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$32,894,103 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$21,999,194 – Commercial New Construction;
$9,778,932 – Commercial Alterations;
$4,435,415 – 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
$3,969,985 – Residential Alterations.

During the previous year, for the months of January through July 2016, the top categories in Edinburg, which led to the total figure of $152,426,011 were:

$56,692,060 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$33,958,883 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$29,809,085 – Commercial New Construction;
$22,523,804 – Commercial Alterations;
$5,000,021 – 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
$3,413,758 – 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).

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For July 2017, there were 47 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $1,300 to $420,000, and represented a total value of $6,085,168.

Of the 47 single-family residences for which building permits were issued, 30 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.

$420,000 – Jesús Antonio Montes, 2817 Esmeralda St., Canton Village Subdivision;
$251,000 – George Aguero, 3518 W. Chapin Rd., Tex-Mex Survey Subdivision;
$250,000 – Kimberly Roderick Hess, 2217 Fuente de Gozo St., Villa Las Fuentes Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$250,000 – Rocass Homes, 4803 Sheffield St., Bentley Estates Subdivision;
$220,000 – Kerbell and Lily Hernández, 2002 Turtlelake Ave., Madison Park Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$200,000 – Lord I. González, 2316 McLeod Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$185,000 – Key West Construction, LLC, 2312 Penrose Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$175,000 – Adam Cantú, Iriselda Ramos, 3430 Aquamarine Ln., Granite Meadows Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$175,000 – Rocass Homes, 2305 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$170,000 – Dynasty Custom Homes, 2206 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$170,000 – Dynasty Custom Homes, 2210 Radiant Ln., Regal Vista Subdivision;
$160,000 – Roel Rodríguez, 3229 Page Ave., West Meadows Unit 2 Subdivision;
$160,000 – Lord I. González, 1310 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$160,000 – Rocass Homes, 1302 May Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$150,000 – Ronnie Cavazos Structure Team, 2502 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$150,000 – Ronnie Cavazos Structure Team, 2402 McLeod Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$140,000 – Francisco Sánchez, 2911 Manchester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$140,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC., 611 Cathedra Hill, The Hills of Chapin Subdivision;
$133,705 – Jaime Reyna, Alicia Olivares, 1331 Shania Twain Dr., Chapin Corner Subdivision;
$131,130 – Johnathan Hall, 2603 Gator Ave., The Reserves at Canton Subdivision;
$129,720 – George Amorim, 2402 Vancouver St., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$127,360 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 2410 Colvin Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$126,150 – Gustavo Garza, 3007 Bobcat Ave., The Reserves at Canton Subdivision;
$125,000 – Daniel Garza, 3541 Featherie St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$125,000 – Eddie Elizondo Edel Construction, 1302 Sweet Ln., Sugarland Estates Subdivision;
$120,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 509 Cathedral Hall, The Hills of Chapin Subdivision;
$115,000 – Newmark Custom Homes, LLC, 3535 Featherie St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$111,240 – McKenny Glenn, Inc., 2406 Vancouver Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$110,000 – Skuadra Developers, 1916 Sandia, Greenleaf Estates Subdivision; and
$105,000 – Andrés and Laura Gándara, 2422 Big Valley Cir., Big Valley Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For July 2017, three permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $2,916,500.

Two 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.

$1,500,000 – Dan and Jacky Damon Family Trust, 508 W. Trenton Rd., Kelly-Pharr Subdivision; and
$1,400,000 – Raising Cane’s Restaurant, 718 W. University, Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For July 2017, building permits were issued for eight multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel, with five 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 $9,592,477 for that month.

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

$8,603,377  – Wisconsin Street Housing, LP., 2132 E. Wisconsin Rd., The Heights Subdivision;
$295,000 – Lola Properties, LLC., 325 E. Chávez, Longhorn Acres Subdivision;
$270,000 – Karen Signmund, 519 Lotto Ln., Torres Del Sol Ph. 1 Subdivision;
$192,000 – Lola Properties, LLC., 329 E. Chávez, Longhorn Acres Subdivision; and
$175,000 – Almar, LLC., 3106 Sabercat Ave., The Reserves at Canton Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For July 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 63 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $65,000, for a total value of $597,706.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For July 2017, there were 20 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 $1,000 to $2,100,000, and represented a total value of $2,612,410.

Of the 20 commercial additions/repairs for which building permits were issued, two were for construction each valued at $100,000 or higher.

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

$2,100,000 – Lakeside Produce USA, 1302 S. 28th, Tex-Mex Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Raúl A. Cardea, 306 E. University Dr., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

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

Those three building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represent a combined value of work of $83,500.

None of those projects involved building permits each valued at $100,000 or more.

Non-Taxable New Construction

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

$1,498,000 – City of Edinburg Fire Station No. 5, 85o2 N. Jasman Rd., Edinburg Original Townsite Subdivision.

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