City of Longview issues permits for multi-million dollar projects

Sunday, May 5, 2013. By Richard Yeakley

Eastman Credit Union is adding a north-side presence with a branch under construction in fast-growing northeast Longview.

The new branch on North Eastman Road near Loop 281, the credit union’s second location in Longview, will be a full-service facility with teller and drive-through services, ATM, safe deposit boxes and an on-site mortgage officer, said Troy Neuman, Longview branch manager.

A building permit with a construction value of $2.6 million was one of three multi-million dollar projects approved by the city between April 21 and 27.

The permit authorized Fort Worth-based Sedalco Inc. to construct a 4,240-square-foot commercial building for Eastman Credit Union.

While originally established to serve employees of Eastman Chemical Co. and their families, the credit union has offered membership for Gregg and Harrison counties for nearly eight years, Neuman said. That means anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or owns a business in one of those counties can join regardless of where he or she works, he said.

The credit union’s Longview office is on South Eastman Road near Eastman’s Texas Operations.

Fenton Honda also received its permit for the construction of a 51,000-square-foot building at Eastman Road and Loop 281. Construction there, according to the permit, is valued at $6.5 million.

Ground work at the property began several months ago.

The move will be a part of a new car dealership that could be the largest Honda dealership in East Texas and one of the largest in Tyler-based Fenton Auto Group’s 15 stores in two states.

According to the permit, WRL General Contractors of Flint is handling the job.

Officials with Fenton Honda’s current Longview dealership said the goal is to move to the new location by the end of the year.

The list of building permits issued also included a 61,900-square-foot, three-story medical office building for Longview Regional Medical Center, with a value of $5.1 million.

The office building is a part of a big expansion project announced in June by the hospital.

The project has included doubling of surgical operating rooms to 16 from eight, doubling of intensive care unit beds to 24 from 12, almost tripling labor delivery and postpartum beds to 43 from 15, new neonatal intensive care unit with 21 beds, new oncology unit with eight bed and a new campus parking and front entrance.

In total, the nearly 175,000 square feet of new construction and addition of nearly 100 patient beds will roughly double the medical center’s facilities.

Metropolitan Contracting Co. of San Antonio is doing the job.

In total, building permits approved from April 21 to 27 were valued at $16.8 million and represented nearly 400,000 square feet of new construction and renovation across the city.

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