Ave Maria, Fla., is a new community that was developed in
conjunction with Ave Maria University, the first Roman Catholic
university developed in the U.S. in more than 40 years. The town
was founded in 2007.
Ave Maria was designed to be a compact, self-sustaining town
that reflects the community's rural roots and offers its residents
a full range of residential and commercial services.
Ave Maria was developed through a partnership between Barron
Collier Cos., Naples, Fla., a real estate company; Pulte Homes,
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a large home building company; and Thomas
S. Monaghan, founder and chancellor of Ave Maria University (as
well as founder of Domino's Pizza and former owner of the Detroit
Tigers), who donated more than $250 million to the university.
"For several years, there had been much publicity about this
project," says Roger Smith, vice president of Crowther Roofing
& Sheet Metal of Florida Inc., Fort Myers, who began providing
budget pricing and design options...
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