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03/03/2015New McDonald's Restaurant boosts construction tally

March 03--The construction of a new McDonald's Restaurant at its current location of 815 N. I-27, a project projected to cost $1 million, has boosted local building activity to almost triple last year's pace. According to the February building permit report, issued this week by the City of Plainview Building and Zoning Department, local construction during the first two months of 2015 stands ...
03/02/2015CCISD seeks public input on new school construction

March 02--CORPUS CHRISTI -- Corpus Christi ISD officials will hold three public input meetings for campus construction voters approved last year. Administrators and school board members will meet Monday with residents served by Windsor Park Elementary, Wilson and Calk elementary schools Tuesday and Los Encinos Elementary on March 11. The $100 million bond approved by voters in November will ...
03/02/2015Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights. "I couldn't afford to sit at home for a month here and a month there," said Rager, 53. Now Rager is back in ...
02/28/2015New, El Paso in-fill subdivision has new homes with no yards

Feb. 28--Desert View Homes, one of El Paso's largest home builders, has opened a unique West Side development that the head of the company hopes can be replicated in other developed areas of the city. A month ago, it opened The Boulders, a 59-home project on 10 acres on Westwind, near Belvidere. It's unique not only because it's an in-fill project sandwiched between a large shopping center and ...
02/27/2015James Avery deepens Kerrville roots with $15 million expansion

Feb. 27--KERRVILLE -- Sixty years after James Avery began creating jewelry in his mother-in-law's garage, his namesake company continues to expand its already formidable presence here. Construction should begin in June on a new production facility on Texas 27 in eastern Kerrville, which is slated open in mid-2016. The nearly $15 million expansion, supported by more than $1.6 million in local ...
02/27/2015Passing lanes coming to State Highway 361

Feb. 27--CORPUS CHRISTI -- Passing lanes are coming to a stretch of heavily traveled, two-way highway between Padre Island to Port Aransas. On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission voted to include the State Highway 361 project among 200 others under the state's amended Unified Transportation Plan. The work will consist of constructing intermittent passing lanes on the highway between ...
02/26/2015El Paso construction workers ask for stronger safety laws

Feb. 26--AUSTIN -- Several El Pasoans drove through the night Wednesday to join other construction workers in the Capitol to demand better safety on construction sites. State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, introduced a resolution marking the occasion as "The Day of the Fallen" to honor those who die in construction-related accidents. Nearly 20 million Texans work in the construction industry ...
02/26/2015Steelworkers, building trades unions come together on contractors

Feb. 26--The building trades unions have taken exception to disparaging comments the United Steelworkers have made during contract talks in the ongoing strike U.S. refineries and chemical plants that contractor labor is neither high-quality nor safe. Many contractors use union-represented skilled crafts workers including electricians, plumbers, welders, iron workers and pipe fitters. To ...
02/25/2015D.R. Horton to build almost 900 homes in Woodcreek

Feb. 25--In the month of January, SouthStar Woodcreek Developer -- the Rockwall-Fate Woodcreek developers -- announced their closing of approximately 272 acres of land for 897 homes to be built by D.R. Horton. The land is located at the intersection of State Highway 66 and C.D. Borne Parkway. Based in Fort Worth, D.R. Horton is the largest builder in the nation by volume, and has been for the ...
02/25/2015Greg Abbott says Texas needs 'a lot more roads'

Feb. 25--Speaking Tuesday at a gathering of representatives from transportation businesses, Gov. Greg Abbott said he has an "unwavering commitment to building more roads in the state of Texas." "Together, we must build a lot more roads in the state of Texas," he said to the group that included the Associated General Contractors, the Texas Association of Realtors, the Transportation Alliance, ...
02/25/2015Arlington picks developer to recruit corporate headquarters

Feb. 25--ARLINGTON -- Hoping to bring higher-paying jobs to town, Arlington has partnered with Trammell Crow to attract a corporate headquarters to the entertainment district. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 12-month agreement with the Dallas-based developer to help market and potentially build an office campus on 18 acres at the northwest corner of Interstate 30 and ...
02/24/2015Council says 'no' to duplex deal

Feb. 24--The Corsicana City Council failed to act Monday on a zoning change request for property fronting Dobbins Crossing and Highway 22 to allow a gated duplex apartment development wanting to build on the site. The request for the zoning change died for the lack of a motion by anyone on the council. Neil Smith's proposed development consisted of 25 duplex homes -- a mix of two and three ...
02/24/2015Design ready for Edd B. Keyes Building

Feb. 24--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Designs for the second floor of the Edd B. Keyes Building are ready for review. Contractors estimate the renovations will cost about $2.56 million. "That's about $130 per square foot," said Craig Kinney, architect with Kinney Franke Architects. "That's roughly in line with what we were expecting." The new look for the second floor, which houses the county ...
02/22/2015Need great to steady highway fund stream

Feb. 22--Texas' highway funding weighed on state Sen. Robert Nichols' mind well before he became the Senate Transportation Committee chairman for the 2013 Legislative Session. Nichols, an engineer from Jacksonville, served from 1997 to 2005 on the five-member Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation. Transportation funding has been a top priority ...
02/22/2015'Grandfathering' old buildings from new codes is the norm, experts say

Feb. 22--After the fatal fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living apartments in Castle Hills, questions swirled about how a high-rise that catered to older residents could have lacked a sprinkler system. In the days after the fire, Castle Hills officials said the building, constructed in 1962, had been "grandfathered" -- meaning it didn't have to comply with newer codes the city adopted that ...
02/20/2015Venture West Funding Arranges $5.4 Million Loan on Midland, TX Apartment Building

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Real Estate Weekly News -- Venture West Funding, Inc., a mortgage company headquartered in El Segundo, CA announced it has arranged a $5.4 million loan for the refinance take-out of a $4.5 million construction loan on the Westwood Villas apartment building located at 4100 W. Illinois Avenue in Midland, TX. Construction of the 52-unit apartment complex ...
02/20/2015Contractor gets a year in prison for lying about qualifications

Feb. 20--A Navy veteran was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in jail for lying about his company's qualifications to the Veterans Affairs Department to get $1.5 million in contracts for work at one of its hospitals. Colorado resident Jonathan Patrick Saunders, 71, was president and co-owner of Saunders MEP Inc., which has been awarded government contracts around the country. They ...
02/20/2015Home construction worker found shot to death at job site

Feb. 20--It would have been a typical morning on Rushcreek Drive on Wednesday: student-filled cars zipping down the road as parents prepared to drop their kids off at school. As he did most days, Frank Medrano woke up at 5 a.m., and headed to his construction job at the new north Houston subdivision where he been working for the past month. Around 7:30 a.m., the 19-year-old man was already at ...
02/20/2015Elevated interchange aims to clear road-rail hurdle

Feb. 20--Share Where FM 359 begins in a growing sliver of Fort Bend County west of Sugar Land, new homes and businesses are changing travel patterns while an old problem intensifies. The highway where the farm-to-market starts, U.S. 90A, offers easy access to bigger, more developed communities to the east. The parallel railroad tracks continue carrying trains throughout the day. Traffic is ...
02/19/2015KPUB looks to build backup building

Feb. 19--The Kerrville Public Utility Board plans to build an operations center near Antler Stadium to function in the event that its headquarters is rendered inoperable by a flood, fire, tornado or other situation. The 1,500-square foot facility is planned for completion at 1302 Stadium Drive later this year. Wiping out KPUB's headquarters wouldn't shut off power to the city, but would make ...
02/19/2015Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects Unveil First Houston Project in Twenty Years

Feb. 19--Share A New York-based architecture firm responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Houston has designed its first project here in nearly 20 years for a prime piece of property in the heart of Montrose. The seven-story, 34-unit midrise building designed by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects was envisioned with floor-to-ceiling glass and undulating curves. Plans include ...
02/18/2015Eyeworks Group starts retail and office building on West Seventh

Feb. 18--FORT WORTH -- Four years after buying land at the southeast corner of West Seventh Street and University Drive, the Eyeworks Group is beginning construction on its planned retail and office building. Eyeworks will expand into the five-story, 60,000-square-foot building across from the Modern Art Museum with its third location. Regions Bank has leased office space at the site. The new ...
02/18/2015BRIEF: Construction first of Odessa's new grocery stores

Feb. 18--Workers on Tuesday continued building the west-side H-E-B, now a frame of steel and concrete in what company officials estimate to be a $15.8 million project. The City of Odessa in mid-December granted H-E-B developers a building permit of the new standard-model grocery, at the corner of West University Boulevard and West Loop 338. But construction began in earnest in the last several ...
02/18/2015Port gives $15 million, right-of-way to Harbor Bridge project

Feb. 18--CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Port of Corpus Christi has agreed to pay the state $15 million and grant it right of way to help support construction of the new Harbor Bridge. With little discussion, port commissioners unanimously approved the arrangement during its regular meeting on Tuesday. "When you talk about building a project of this magnitude without disrupting the operations of the ...
02/17/2015Hotel Fuel construction to begin in 3 weeks

Feb. 17--News of a competing hotel across the street, stalled negotiations with the city for parking and the slowdown in the oil industry is not stopping developers of Hotel Fuel. Hotel Fuel, a 144-room, 12-floor boutique hotel in development at a vacant office building on 301 W. Texas Ave., is one of several ongoing downtown revitalization projects. The transformation of the former Western ...

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