Increase is $155 million over previous year(McAllen, TX) The City of McAllen is growing and prospering, as evidenced by the increase in construction valuation of $333,114,402 for the current fiscal year, an increase of $155,458,427 over last year at the same time. This is an increase of 47% in construction value for various projects including residences, such as various subdivisions, homes and apartments; commercial, including new hotels and restaurants; and public buildings, like churches and schools. “The double digit growth in the construction valuation taking place in our community points to a strong and prosperous local economy that is continuing to be on the rise,” said City of McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez. “The millions of dollars invested in McAllen not only by local developers, but also by companies from around the country and around the world, demonstrates that there is money to be made in our city and that McAllen is THE place to live.” Approximately 400 new homes are being constructed, since the start of the fiscal year, valued at just over $59 million, while over 300 homes are either undergoing additions or remodeling, at a value of over $4.5 million. Duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes and condominiums construction are adding over $4.2 million to the construction value and 16 new apartment complexes around the city that will each feature club houses, pools, walking trails, and recreation areas, among other amenities and are adding almost $28 million in construction value. Since a year ago today, new commercial development has skyrocketed, with new buildings, offices, hotels and restaurants breaking ground or expanding, at a value of almost $85 million. Projects like the new medical offices on Dove Avenue, will help to better accommodate the growing need for professional office space. Visitors to McAllen for shop, work or play will soon be able to stay in any number of new hotels under construction, including the new Homes 2 Suites Hotel near the McAllen Convention Center, the Four Points Sheraton on Expressway 83 and the Holiday Inn Express on South 6th Street. The eagerly anticipated Dave & Buster’s is breaking ground in the just completed Shops at 29 shopping center, which is situated next to the McAllen Convention Center, a new venue offering 200,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment to McAllen and its surrounding communities. The 30,000 square foot multi-million dollar building construction project, will offer the very best in food, drink and entertainment in an upscale and modern environment. In fact, Burlington Coat Factory also located in the Shops at 29, only broke ground this calendar year and already opened its doors last weekend, with better than projected sales revenue. Joining Burlington in the shopping center will be Ross Dress for Less, which is scheduled to break ground in October. Other projects undergoing construction include an additional six new restaurants that will also open their doors in the coming year. Recently, McAllen was highlighted in an article by Shopping Centers Today, an online retail industry publication, which highlighted the strength of retail development along the Texas/Mexico border with McAllen leading the surge in retail sales and development along the border. The article mentioned the strength of the Mexican shoppers to the city’s retail strength. McAllen residents and visitors to the city are eagerly anticipating the opening of the addition to La Plaza Mall which will include 50 stores, six restaurants and two parking decks. The new expansion to the mall alone contributes just over $44 million to the construction value. A new $9 million warehouse also began construction this year in South McAllen in the industrial park, to further the city’s role in international trade through one of its commercial bridges. New construction is not limited to homes and businesses, as buildings for the spirit and the mind also broke ground in McAllen in 2016. While church additions and remodels have added almost $800,000 in construction value to the city, educational institutions have contributed over $40 million, including the new $10.5 million IDEA School and the South Texas College School of Nursing that just recently broke ground for a new training hospital training facility for students in South McAllen. Additionally 36 schools, Nikki Rowe High School and various McAllen Independent School District locations that are undergoing additions or remodeling. All amounts and values are through August 2016, with one more month left in the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year. Construction valuation is the cost of constructing the new building, including materials, labor, and other costs. For the full construction valuation report, head to the City of McAllen website at www.mcallen.net.
- McAllen ranks #1 among Texas cities in ACTUAL retail sales per household. (Claritas)
- McAllen ranked #1 Safest City in Texas, 7th as in the U.S. (2015 smartasset.com)
- Compared to the rest of the country, McAllen's cost of living is 17.10% Lower than the U.S. average. (Sperling’s Best Places)
- Best mid-size city for careers (Forbes, 2015)
- McAllen is the largest city in one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2014
Contact: Roy Cantu, Public Information Office, 956-681-1201, 956-792-7779
Rebecca Olaguibel Retail and Business Development Director 956-681-1001
McAllen announces largest holiday illuminated parade in Texas
City touts bigger and better event
McALLEN – McAllen’s biggest, brightest and most anticipated event of the holiday season will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6. City of McAllen leaders and parade sponsors hosted a press conference today at La Plaza Mall and unveiled details regarding the newly revamped McAllen Holiday Parade. This year the City has plans to grow it on an even bigger scale to match the City’s tremendous growth.
La Plaza Mall will serve as a presenting sponsor for the parade.
For 32 years McAllen has hosted thousands of spectators for its annual Candlelight Posada Parade, this year the City has plans to innovate and grow the parade on an even greater scale to match the city’s growth.
The City will partner with major event and parade production companies to produce the largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas. It will feature a large array of giant helium-filled balloons similar to those seen in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
It will also showcase decorated, colorful and illuminated parade floats including some from Blaine Kern Studios in New Orleans, the company that creates the magic of Mardi Gras. The floats that will be featured in the McAllen Holiday Parade are by invitation only and will be themed and built around a storybook Christmas.
“We have a much more energized vision for this year’s Christmas parade,” Mayor Pro tem and Commissioner Hilda Salinas said. “Our crews are working at a remarkably intense pace to make this one of the most inspiring holiday parades in the country, and potentially the largest illuminated parade in Texas. Everything will be on a different scale. It’s going be a memorable event with giant helium balloons, marching bands playing uplifting holiday tunes, impressive new floats and a few celebrity appearances. This year’s McAllen Holiday Parade should be the most remarkable ever.”
The new parade route will begin on Business 83 and will run north on Bicentennial Blvd. culminating at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium for a grand finale.
Five row bleachers will be set up along the route for spectators to experience the magnitude of the parade that evening.
Saturday will be a day full of holiday fun and activities suitable for the entire family. Christmas in the Park will combine two unique holiday celebrations: the McAllen Tamale Fest and Kids Marathon and the Candlelight Posada and Marketplace.
“As our city continues to see constant growth it is important that our events are able to accommodate more people, not only from McAllen, but from our surrounding communities as well,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said. “This year’s parade will be unlike any other in the past years and we are extremely excited to have everyone join us for a wonderful holiday experience.”
Sponsors of the Holiday Parade include:
La Plaza Mall - A Simon Mall
Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson
McAllen Reynosa Maquilla Association
CAROLLO ENGINEERS INC.
Melden & Hunt
Halff & Associates
CAROLLO ENGINEERS INC.
Plains Capital Bank
The tentative schedule for Christmas in the Park is as follows:
Tamale Fest: 12:00 p.m.
Tamale Kids Fun Run: 4:00 p.m.
Candlelight Posada: 5:15
McAllen Holiday Parade: 6:00 p.m.
Other City of McAllen holiday events throughout December include:
Dec.1 Tree Lighting: (Time is still tentative) at the McAllen Convention Center
Dec. 13 Sunset Live: 5:00 p.m.at the McAllen Convention Center
Dec.14 McAllen Marathon: 7:00 a.m. at the McAllen Sports Complex
Dec. 20 Christmas for Kids: 8:30 a.m. at the McAllen Police Department
Dec.31 New Year’s Eve Bash: (Time is still tentative) at the McAllen Convention Center
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