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River Islands Community is Featured in Manteca Bulletin
March 11, 2014
“We’re not just selling homes to people,” noted Susan Dell’Osso who serves as project manager for the biggest planned community ever moving to fruition in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. “We want the people who live here to live not just in homes but in a community.
”River Islands sits on an outer Delta island that has been known for years as Stewart Tract. It started in 1987 as a combination housing project and amusement park dubbed Gold Rush City as envisioned by Norm Jarrett. It morphed for a short time into Califia featuring housing shared with a nature preserve. Over 18 years ago, England-based and privately held Somerston Group of Companies that’s been in business since 1854 and operates Cambay Group as a wholly owned subsidiary, started zeroing in on the River Islands concept. They then set about planning a community that would build upon the reputation they established developing the 11,000 home Dougherty Valley in the East Bay. But this time around instead of just selling off segments to other developers and builders they wanted to control important details and oversee the development until the last home is built. That could take another 25 years.