Brawley Mayor Couchman says he is excited by new growth in city

New houses being built in the Ridge Park subdivision. Lloyd Miller photo

BRAWLEY — The city of Brawley is experiencing some recent activity that includes new construction and businesses, and according to Brawley Mayor Sam Couchman, there are also several housing projects in the works for the future. Couchman gave a summary of all the growth and projects slated for the near future in Brawley during a recent interview with The Desert Review.

“As mayor, I am very excited about the residential and business growth occurring in our city,” said Couchman. “We expect even more in the forthcoming year.”

Couchman said Brawley housing projects under construction or in the planning stages include a new subdivision comprised of single-family homes that will be built at the corner of River and Palm streets. A new subdivision is also scheduled to begin construction on Legion Road called Tangerine Gardens. Meanwhile, the Ridge Park neighborhood located on the north side of the city is filling in previously empty lots with new houses. Additional new homes are under construction at Cesar Chavez and G streets, while the Sedona housing project is underway in Victoria Park on Malan Street.

Business activity is also continuing to grow in Brawley, according to Couchman.

“Some of the activity that is now happening includes Top Notch Seed expanding on Malan Street,” he said. “The former Scorpion Cycles has been purchased and refurbished on E Street and Plaza streets. The same developer has purchased the building at 8th and G streets. He will build to suit after cleanup.”

“The former Rock Café and Coffee Shop on south Plaza will be Paddy’s at the Rock, an Irish pub,” continued Couchman. “Brawley Billiards was purchased on Main Street and will be an adult day out facility. Romos Tires is at 8th and E streets. Imperial Valley Wireless is at 511 Main. Imperial Valley Wellness Center is across from Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.”

“A donut shop drive-thru is planned for the corner of K Street and Highway 86,” continued Couchman. “The trailer park at Malan and Highway 86 is in negotiations. If the property sells, it may be developed for commercial use.”

“Several more businesses are in the talking stages, some pretty major,” Couchman said. “We will know more in two or three months. We may get some food chains in here. The Walmart corridor is still generating a lot of potential business. There also may be something built in the near future at Main Street and the bypass east of town.”