supporting Ave Maria University's application to build a new university and
town near Immokalee. The University, is a new Catholic institution founded
by Domino Pizza founder Tom Monaghan. Collier county commissioners will have
a public hearing in June to consider final approval of the plans. The
landowner, Barron Collier Cos. will be giving up development rights in some
of the natural areas in exchange for building credits for environmentally
less sensitive lands.
Glades County representative Edward Elkowitz asked that Collier County and
Ave Maria pay for the road widening of State Route 29 because those visiting
Ave Maria from the east coast will take SR29 to get to the area. "This
doesn't only affect Collier County. It affects Glades, Hardy," Elkowitz
said. "We're talking a whole lot of area." Ave Maria is be built two miles
north of Oil Well Road and one mile west of Camp Keais Road.
The development plan proposes that Ave Maria eventually will have 11,000
residential units and will have 1,000 moderate-income, owner-occupied
housing units, 700 low-income units, and 200 very low-income units. A
28-acre site near the town of Ave Maria is to be given to Habitat for
Humanity of Collier County for 150 owner-occupied affordable housing units.