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Featured, from left: Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Betancourt; Harvey Rodríguez, Jr., Vice President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Elías Longoria, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; and City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr. The local leaders were in attendance on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 for the State of the City Address by Mayor Richard García, held in the recently-opened IMAX theatre in Edinburg. “Success attracts success, and major developments such as this venue where we are, is one such example,” García said. “We are proud to be the home to the only IMAX theatre south of San Antonio. This IMAX is a $5 million investment, creating 50 jobs, and contributing a riveting movie experience.”

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Featured, from left: City Councilmember David Torres and his wife, Ellie Torres, who currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District; and Ambrosio “Amos” Hernández, M.D., Mayor of Pharr, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 for the State of the City Address by Mayor Richard García, held in the recently-opened $5 million IMAX theatre in Edinburg. Torres also is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. Mayor Richard García predicted that the construction activities in Edinburg are sure to break last year’s mark. “In 2016, the Planning and Zoning Department issued $209 in construction project permits, up from $139.5 million in 2015, $120.5 million in 2014, and $123 million in 2013,” the mayor reported. “We are on track to exceed $209 million by the end of this year.”

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Featured: City Councilmember Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia (shown smiling at the camera), take a photograph with an unidentified resident outside the recently-opened $5 million IMAX theater in Edinburg. The Molinas along with the Edinburg City Council and the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation joined several hundred area residents on Wednesday, May 12, 2017, for the State of the City Address by Mayor Richard García. Total construction activities in Edinburg during February 2017 reached more than $9.2 million – almost the exact total for the February 2016 figure – with the construction of new homes leading the way, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. Year-t0-date, however, as a result of a construction permit valued at $80 million for the city-owned Bert Ogden Arena being issued in January 2017, total construction in the city for the first two months of 2017 is valued at more than $102.6 million – more than double the $45.4 million combined level for January and February 2016.

Photographs By ALEX RÍOS

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Edinburg EDC: $102.6 million in construction took place during first two months of 2017; “We are on track to exceed $209 million by the end of this year,” Mayor García confidently predicts

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Total construction activities in Edinburg during February 2017 reached more than $9.2 million – almost the exact total for the February 2016 figure – with the construction of new homes leading the way, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

Year-t0-date, however, as a result of a construction permit valued at $80 million for the city-owned Bert Ogden Arena being issued in January 2017, total construction in the city for the first two months of 2017 is valued at more than $102.6 million – more than double the $45.4 million combined level for January and February 2016.

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.

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

The Edinburg EDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. 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, Jr. 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.

In his State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, inside the recently-opened $5 million IMAX – which is the first IMAX theater in the Rio Grande Valley – Mayor Richard García predicted that the construction activities in Edinburg are sure to break last year’s mark.

“In 2016, the Planning and Zoning Department issued $209 in construction project permits, up from $139.5 million in 2015, $120.5 million in 2014, and $123 million in 2013,” the mayor reported. “We are on track to exceed $209 million by the end of this year.”

For February 2017, total construction activities in Edinburg totaled $9,212,028 compared with $9,250,316 in February 2016, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

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

$2,500,000 – Vantage Venture, LTD, 4160 N. I-69, Vantage Edinburg No. 1 Subdivision (Category – Commercial New);
$480,000 – Joel and Linda Acevedo, 2219 Rihn Dr., Hacienda Las Fuentes Subdivision (Category – Residence New); and
$309,500 – Bill Conner, 3204 S. I-69C Subdivision (Category – Commercial New).

For the month of February 2017, building permits were issued for 37 new single-family residences, valued at $4,366,303, compared with 37 new single-family residences, valued at $4,091,392 during February 2016.

Year-to-date (January and February 2017), building permits were issued for 78 new single-family residences, valued at $9,595,089, compared with 57 new single-family residences, valued at $9,976,577, during January and February 2016.

In addition, for the month of February 2017, building permits were issued for 46 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $454,149, compared with 68 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $430,579, in February 2016.

Year-to-date (January and February 2017), building permits were issued for 99 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $918,057, compared with 94 additions/remodels of single-family residences, valued at $570,654, during January and February 2016

Multi-family residences – which range from two-unit duplexes to complexes of five or more units – totaled nine buildings, representing 18 units, valued at $725,000, were approved for construction in February 2017. By comparison, there were 12 multi-family projects, representing 28 units, valued at $1,974,200, issued building permits in February 2016.

Year-to-date (January and February 2017), building permits were issued for 24 multi-family residences, representing 47 units, valued at $2,080,159, compared with 30 multi-family residences, representing 204 units, valued at $11,788,846, during January and February 2016.

The top categories in Edinburg for February 2017, which led to the total figure of $9,212,028, were:

$4,366,303 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$3,135,924 – Commercial New Construction;
$725,000 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$454,149 – Residential Alterations;
$311,452 – Commercial Alterations;
$219,200 – 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.)

The top categories in Edinburg during February 2016, which led to the total figure of $9,250,316, were:

$4,091,392 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,583,500 – 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);
$1,794,200 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$430,579 – Residential Alterations;
$267,645 – Commercial Alterations;
$83,000 – 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).

Year-to-date (January and February 2017), the top categories in Edinburg, which led to the total figure of $102,631,231, 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);
$9,595,089 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$6,120,444 – Commercial New Construction;
$3,213,282 – Commercial Alterations;
$2,080,159 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$918,057 – Residential Alterations; and
$704,200 – 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).

During the previous year, for the months of January and February 2016, the top categories in Edinburg, which led to the total figure of $45,462,422, were:

$19,323,000 – Commercial New Construction;
$11,788,846 – Multi-Family Residences New Construction;
$9,976,577 – Single-Family Residences New Construction;
$2,600,500 – 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);
$1,202,845 – Commercial Alterations;
$570,654 – Residential Alterations; and
$0 – 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

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

Single-Family Residences New Construction

For February 2017, there were 37 single-family residences issued building permits by the city.

The building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, ranged from $1,500 to $480,000, and represented a total value of $4,366,303.

Of the 37 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.

$480,000 – Joel and Linda Acevedo, 2219 Rhin Dr., Hacienda Las Fuentes Subdivision;
$250,000 – Rocass Homes, 4903 June Dr., Summerfield Manor Subdivision;
$197,000 – Jeff Laug, 5415 Ake Ave., Acacia Subdivision;
$150,000 – Carlos and Clarissa Cerda, 3108 Stephen Dr., Edinburg Estates Ph.2 Subdivision;
$150,000 – Vanessa, 3220 W. Chapin Rd., Texas-Mexican Railway Company Subdivision;
$150,000 – Ronnie Cavazos Structure Team, 2303 Penrose Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$146,000 – Ideal Choice Builders, Inc., 2407 McLeod, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$140,000 – Antre Homes, Inc., 3506 Featherie St., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$130,000 – Jorge Ortegón, 2904 Bobcat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$130,000 – José Peña, J Peña Construction, 2410 Vancouver, Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$130,000 – Jorge Ortegón, 2908 Bobcat Ave., The Reserve at Canton Subdivision;
$129,000 – Misael Pérez, 3423 Robbie Ln., Cantera Ridge Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$129,000 – Misael Pérez, 3501 Robbie Ln., Cantera Ridge Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$125,000 – Ronnie Cavazos, 2412 Holland Ave., Jackson Heights Subdivision;
$120,000 – Pablo Grimaldo, 3118 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$120,000 – Simón Reyes, 2703 Seton Ct., Los Lagos Ph. 4 Subdivision;
$115,000 – Mark Hamel, 511 Calle Divina Ave., Tierra Divina Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1511 Sparrow Ln., Spring Valley II Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1906 Swallow Ct., Spring Valley Phase II Subdivision;
$110,000 – Dolcan Construction, 1902 Swallow Ct., Spring Valley Phase II Subdivision;
$110,000 – RGV Villa Homes, 2914 London Dr., Camden Village Subdivision;
$110,000 – Óscar Cantú, Dolcan Construction, 1910 Swallow Ct., Spring Valley Ph. 2 Subdivision;
$108,048 – Trisha Wattinguy, José Jaramillo, 1610 Jeni Rey Ln., Northwind Pass Subdivision; and
$100,000 – Juan Jalomo, 3008 Manchester Dr., Camden Village Subdivision.

Commercial New Construction

For February 2017, 12 permits were issued for new construction of commercial facilities, for a value totaling $3,135,924.

Two of those projects were valued at $100,000 or higher. A third project – The Landmark at 281 – represented eight construction projects with a combined value of $153,924.

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.

$2,500,000 – Vantage Ventures, Ltd., 5160 N. I-69, Vantage Edinburg No. 1 Subdivision;
$309,000 – Bill Conner, 3204 S. I-69C, Southern Border Subdivison; and
$153,924 – Pilar Quesadas Durga Properties, Ltd. (seven properties) and Homero Villarreal (one property), 2260 Bus Hwy 281, The Landmark at 281 Subdivision.

Multi-Family Residences New Construction

For February 2017, building permits were issued for six multi-family residences new construction/addition/remodel, 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 $725,000 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:

$220,000 – Big Rio Grande Construction, 523 Lotto Ln., Torres Del Sol Subdivision;
$175,000 – Almar LLC, 1217 Upas Dr., West Oaks Subdivision; and
$150,000 – Rosita Juvera, 1015 Ringold Cir., Presidio Subdivision.

Residential Additions/Repairs

For February 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 46 residential additions/repairs projects authorized for that month, ranging from $100 to $63,200, for a total value of $454,149.

Commercial Additions/Repairs

For February 2017, there were 23 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 $300 to $100,000, and represented a total value of $311,452.

Of the 23 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.

$100,000 – Wellness on Wheels, LLC, 135 Enfield, Enfield Estates Subdivision.

Non-Taxable Additions/Repairs

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

Those five building permits, which do not include the price of the lot, represent a combined value of work of $219,200.

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.

$200,000 – South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, 1300 E. FM 490, Edinburg Airport Subdivision.

Non-Taxable New Construction

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

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