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Commercial building on the rise in Victoria

July 23, 2011 at 2:23 a.m.
Updated July 24, 2011 at 2:24 a.m.

ABOVE: Joe Davila works from the top of a ladder with Regas Contracting  on building a new Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Moody and Main streets. The building is using one of 17 commercial building permits that were issued in the second quarter of 2011, which is an increase from the seven permits issues in 2010.

The view at Victoria's up-and-coming Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of North Main Street and Moody/U.S. Highway 59 Business shows there is still work to be done.

Freshly-planted trees on-site remain surrounded by brown earth, because grass hasn't yet grown in. The building itself, while already framed, has the exposed wood and house wrap of a project under-construction.

Once complete, the building will house a full-service bank, a combination of the company's two existing downtown locations.

But Wells Fargo isn't the only company seeing growth in Victoria.

The number of commercial building permits more than doubled in 2011's second quarter, versus the same timeframe in 2010, according to data from the city of Victoria's building inspections department.

During the second quarter, 17 commercial permits were issued, compared to seven last year.

Other recent projects include Cal-Com Federal Credit Union, which recently opened its doors on John Stockbauer Drive, and a Discount Tire Co. going in on North Navarro Street.

Recent business remained fairly steady for A Baass Construction & Supply, a Victoria foundation drilling company, owner Allen Baass said.

A majority of the company's business comes from out of town, he said, but he's noticed the same steady trend locally, as well.

"There have been a couple of buildings going up," he said. "There's Caterpillar, but that's just one project. There are some other small things, too."

Baass said he expects commercial construction to remain on that steady path in the future.

"I think that it will be about level," he said. "I don't see that it's going to jump out there in front or anything."

As for Wells Fargo, the building progress remains on-schedule, said David McLarry, the company's market president. The new location opens for business Aug. 22.

"We're anxious to get in our new building," he said. "We're extremely excited about our new store."



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