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Town of Ave Maria to grow by nearly 1,000 acres

Laura Layden | Naples Daily News

The town of Ave Maria will grow by nearly 1,000 acres.

On Tuesday, Collier County commissioners greenlighted the change, without debate, bringing the town’s size to 5,000 acres, the largest allowed by county rules.

The size doesn’t include Ave Maria University. Its roughly 1,000-acre campus and other public benefits, such as parks, aren’t counted in its borders under the approvals that allowed the town to be built on rural lands, roughly 25 miles east of Naples.

Why is the town expanding?
Mostly, it’s to allow for more single-family homes to be built, explained David Genson, president of development for Barron Collier Cos. in Naples.

Barron Collier Cos. is the force behind the town, in partnership with Tom Monaghan, the creator of Domino’s Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University.

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