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Brawley council accepts loan to fund sewer system projects for SDSU campus

May 08, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — In a move that will pave the way for providing services to a proposed San Diego State University campus, the City Council here Tuesday accepted a $2 million state loan to fund key sewer system projects.

Included in the funding from the California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank is $540,000 for extending a sewer pipeline east of the city to land upon which a SDSU-Imperial Valley campus is to be built.

Other funding from the loan will go toward the expansion of Brawley's sewer plant. The expansion is being done now.

The pipeline extension is a significant step in building the SDSU campus on land 1 mile east of Best Road. That 200 or so acres donated to SDSU by Alamitos Land Co. is just beyond the city's border.

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Brawley Public Works Director Manuel Aceves said the city is working to determine the best alignment for the pipeline and it likely will be in place in the next year.

Simultaneously, Aceves said, the city will build a water pipeline to the land, but the council has yet to approve funding for a water line extension. Aceves said that action likely will come in the near future.

SDSU officials are looking toward a ballot measure in November to provide money for the North County campus project.

Khosrow Fatemi, dean of the SDSU-IV campus, said if that bond measure is not approved that could slow the project.

A second SDSU campus in the Imperial Valley has been in the discussion phase for a few years.

The North County site was finalized for the campus as a deal was reached with Alamitos Land Co. in which the company offered 200 acres at no cost to the university.

Alamitos owns more than 1,000 acres in North County and Brawley recently annexed 500 acres of that in an area known as Luckey Ranch. The annexation did not include the 200 acres for the campus.

The North County campus would focus on agricultural business while the campus in Calexico would concentrate on international business, university officials have said. Fatemi said the plan is to open a temporary facility as early as the upcoming fall semester.

He said SDSU officials are looking for a building that can be used as a temporary campus in Brawley. The goal is to have five classrooms available and to offer as many as 20 classes at that facility.

Fatemi said if such a facility is not ready by the fall, it will open during the spring 2003 semester.

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

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