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SDSU pushing for Brawley campus by fall

May 06, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — San Diego State University system officials are moving ahead with plans to open a campus in the North County and are hoping to have a temporary facility ready here as early as the fall semester.

According to a 10-year plan, the California State University system will open a San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus on 200 acres donated to the university by Alamitos Land Co.

The 200 acres is just east of Brawley, and plans call for building a campus that could provide education to 850 full-time equivalent students.


SDSU-IV Dean Khosrow Fatemi said it is difficult to give a time when construction might start on the North County campus.

He said the project's future could rely heavily on a ballot measure in November that would provide funds to CSU for construction projects. The North County campus would be included in that bond funding. Fatemi said the project could be hindered if the bond measure does not pass.

"It would just push things back," he said.

Still, university officials are not waiting to see what happens with the bond; instead they are moving forward with efforts to provide service to North County as soon as possible.

Fatemi said SDSU officials have been in the Brawley area scouting potential buildings that could be a temporary campus. He said the goal is to have a facility that would include up to five classrooms and provide some faculty offices.

Fatemi added it is possible such a facility could open by the fall semester but at the latest the facility would be ready by the spring 2003 semester.

While CSU tries to push ahead with a North County facility, the city of Brawley is moving ahead with plans to provide service to the proposed permanent campus east of the city.

The council Tuesday will discuss an item that includes plans to extend a wastewater pipeline to where the campus is to be built, a mile east of Best Road.

Manuel Aceves, city public works director, said the council will have a chance to vote to accept a $2 million loan from the California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank.

That loan will cover projects related to the city's wastewater plant expansion and will include $540,000 for extending a wastewater pipeline to the proposed SDSU campus.

Tuesday's council meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 225 A St.

Meanwhile, plans are in the works to increase student capacity at the campus in Calexico. Fatemi said that campus now has a capacity to handle 450 full-time equivalent students but actually serves about 650.

He added the plan is to ramp up to 850 full-time equivalent students. To do that the campus would extend its course offerings into the morning hours. The plan does not call for any additional construction work in Calexico.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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