History of Foster City

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AND THE STORY BEGINS

The year is 1958 …

developer T. Jack Foster came out of a short-lived Pebble Beach retirement  and took a $200,000 option to buy Brewer’s Island with Bay Area business magnate Richard Grant.

Foster and Grant chose Brewer’s Island, owned at the time by Leslie Salt Company and the Schilling Estate, to develop a progressive new city. Brewer’s Island presented some severe drawbacks to development, foremost of which was the quality of the land itself. The area of Brewer’s Island was originally San Francisco Bay salt marsh tideland, but it had been dry and protected from the Bay since 1897 or earlier.

The engineering challenge of creating Foster City from the marshlands of Brewer’s Island required enormous financial backing. By 1962, T. Jack Foster put $4.7 million of his own finances into altering the desolate landscape of Brewer’s Island, two years before the first home was to be built in Foster City. However, a great deal more money was required to bring his dream to fruition. To finance the venture, Foster (who by 1960 had bought out Grant’s interest in the development) convinced State Senator Richard J. Dolwig of San Mateo, and his associate, State Assemblyman Carl Britschgi Jr., to sponsor and eventually pass a special act of the California Legislature: State Senate Bill 51, which created a “municipal improvement district.”

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