Lennar will build homes in Ave Maria

Ave Maria University officials recently approved an expansion of its academic curriculum by adding nine new majors and four new minors, beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. The new majors: American Studies, Biochemistry, Catholic Studies, Global Affairs and International Business, Greek, Humanities and Liberal Studies, Managerial Economics and Strategic Analysis, Physics, and Political Economy and Government. The new minors: Catechetics, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Education, and Family and Society. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Ave Maria University officials recently approved an expansion of its academic curriculum by adding nine new majors and four new minors, beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. The new majors: American Studies, Biochemistry, Catholic Studies, Global Affairs and International Business, Greek, Humanities and Liberal Studies, Managerial Economics and Strategic Analysis, Physics, and Political Economy and Government. The new minors: Catechetics, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Education, and Family and Society. Tristan Spinski/Staff

— Ave Maria will have a second builder of single-family homes later this year when Lennar Homes, a national homebuilder with communities throughout the United States, begins construction of homes in the Emerson Park neighborhood.

Pulte Homes has been the exclusive builder of single-family homes in Ave Maria since the community's inception, but has focused its efforts in the last few years on the Del Webb "active adult" community and has not been actively marketing homes in Emerson Park or Hampton Village.

"We think it's a great opportunity and we look forward to being a part of Ave Maria," Darin McMurray, Lennar's division president for Southwest Florida, told The Ave Herald.

Lennar will begin its activities in Ave Maria in late May or early June, McMurray said, building a model home and sales office on Steinbeck Way at the entrance to Emerson Park. That will be followed later in the year by construction of some homes on currently available lots.

Details about the types of homes and pricing were not disclosed, although an advertisement by Lennar in the April 21 edition of the Naples Daily News, which listed Emerson Park in Ave Maria as one of the many Lennar communities in the Naples-Fort Myers area, described them as "executive homes from the high $100s, 1,340 to 2,765 square feet."

Valerie Dolenga, in the corporate communications department at Pulte, said Pulte has sold four lots to Lennar but declined to make any further comment about Pulte's plans for Ave Maria.

Blake Gable, president of Barron Collier's Real Estate division, said he has heard from several other large-scale homebuilders who have expressed interest in Ave Maria, spurred by a number of developments such as the start of construction on the Arthrex facility, the improvements to Oil Well Road, and the improving real estate market in Southwest Florida. Although he would not disclose any details, he did say that the overall picture has improved dramatically this year.

David Shnaider and his wife Patricia Sette are Ave Maria residents who founded community news website AveHerald.com in November 2008. Contact David and Patricia at publisher@aveherald.com

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napleschik writes:

That should make the people who have been begging someone to buy their home excited. It will either drive the price of their home down more, or add more inventory that will just sit there as well.
Crrrrrraaaaaasssssshhhhhh!!!!!!

cornandbeans writes:

Lennar/Treviso Bay = cheaper homes.
Lennar/Fiddlers Creek = cheaper homes.
Lennar/Twin Eagle = cheaper homes.
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Lennar/Ave Maria = cheaper homes.

dizwiz21 writes:

Corn and beans:

Lennar homes was one of the only home builders who stood behind (and replaced) defective chinese drywall in their homes.

Don't forget that!

Here4Now writes:

Lennar is the Olive Garden of home construction. Price WAY before quality.

SunStar writes:

If Ave Maria University is only gonna have Theology and Psychology programs, it's not going to grow, and not many people would move into the town.

Panther309 writes:

in response to SunStar:

If Ave Maria University is only gonna have Theology and Psychology programs, it's not going to grow, and not many people would move into the town.

Well, since Ave Maria University has always offered much more than that and NEVER had only Theology and Psychology programs, that won't be an issue. Do you even give a passing thought to getting your facts straight before you post something, SunStar?

collegecath writes:

in response to SunStar:

If Ave Maria University is only gonna have Theology and Psychology programs, it's not going to grow, and not many people would move into the town.

Shows how much you know about Ave Maria. Two students just won a competitive national business competition. There is some talent coming out of there...

TISHIMSELF writes:

Wow .... If they ever want this CITY of religous fanatics to grow, they need to build a community that teaches tolerance and and acceptance ... and the teachings of their beliefs.

If they dont.... they will have developed not a city but another religious compound no different than "Waco, Texas and David Koresh" or "Guyana and Jim Jones".

In the name of god we should all Teach tolerance not Isolation.

Communes like "Ave Maria" make this small world ever so smaller. :(

wolfgang1 writes:

Good luck to all who intend to live out by that Madrasa in the Swamp. I agree with the previous poster that Lennar will inevitably lead to cheaper prices. The truth is, the homes will need to be cheaper to lure people to live all the way out there and I am reasonably certain that is going to be the plan. For the few people who have actually purchased out there, they now have an even lower chance of recouping their "investment".
As an aside, there may indeed be some talent coming out of Ave. However, as a business owner, if I have two candidates for employment and all qualifications are fairly equal. One is a graduate of Ave, and the other UF, UF gets the nod. I think the purpose of a higher education is to be well rounded, and in my opinion, a religious slant or agenda, tends to defeat some of that. So parents, you might be better off sending your kid to Edison Community College and then let them order Dominos Pizzas if you feel the need to support Archbishop Monaghan!

joeblow writes:

Ghetto Maria.

collegecath writes:

in response to TISHIMSELF:

Wow .... If they ever want this CITY of religous fanatics to grow, they need to build a community that teaches tolerance and and acceptance ... and the teachings of their beliefs.

If they dont.... they will have developed not a city but another religious compound no different than "Waco, Texas and David Koresh" or "Guyana and Jim Jones".

In the name of god we should all Teach tolerance not Isolation.

Communes like "Ave Maria" make this small world ever so smaller. :(

Why don't you go out there and see for yourself instead of making false judgments? People out there are nicer than any other part of southwest Florida. And no, instead of teaching tolerance, they teach compassion. They are some of the most loving people you will ever meet. I hope you will one day get over your religious discrimination.

collegecath writes:

in response to wolfgang1:

Good luck to all who intend to live out by that Madrasa in the Swamp. I agree with the previous poster that Lennar will inevitably lead to cheaper prices. The truth is, the homes will need to be cheaper to lure people to live all the way out there and I am reasonably certain that is going to be the plan. For the few people who have actually purchased out there, they now have an even lower chance of recouping their "investment".
As an aside, there may indeed be some talent coming out of Ave. However, as a business owner, if I have two candidates for employment and all qualifications are fairly equal. One is a graduate of Ave, and the other UF, UF gets the nod. I think the purpose of a higher education is to be well rounded, and in my opinion, a religious slant or agenda, tends to defeat some of that. So parents, you might be better off sending your kid to Edison Community College and then let them order Dominos Pizzas if you feel the need to support Archbishop Monaghan!

As a business owner, you should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. That would be religious discrimination. Also, if you go to Ave Maria you're required to take core courses which include everything from science to math to philosophy. You're also grounded in virtue. That is something that is greatly missing in business today-- and you would throw that out simply because of the denomination of the university? Shame on you! Shame on your business!

macs writes:

Congratulations wolfgang1. You've just given the EEOC a slam dunk case against you for blatant violation of federal civil rights laws regarding employment discrimination. It is just as unlawful for an employer to discriminate in hiring against someone based upon their religion as it is to discriminate on the basis of race. It is also just as reprehensible. That is why there are state and federal laws that impose punitive damages so as to punish such bigotry.

FunnyHeretic writes:

in response to collegecath:

As a business owner, you should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. That would be religious discrimination. Also, if you go to Ave Maria you're required to take core courses which include everything from science to math to philosophy. You're also grounded in virtue. That is something that is greatly missing in business today-- and you would throw that out simply because of the denomination of the university? Shame on you! Shame on your business!

Does the "science" curriculum go something like:

And then exactly 10,000 years ago god created the billions of galaxies (just for us, don't forget) and just made it SEEM like the light had been traveling for 10 billion years.

You see, god can do anything, which is also why he buried the fossils in the exact order that only made it SEEM like evolution is real.

See, he's testing your faith in him. Here endeth the "science" lesson.

sowhosblowingwho writes:

They have to build homes or the clerk of the court will be right about the lack of money and objectives and fred coyle --little capes-- will be wrong about the infruscture & money needs .. it will not be the first or last time he is wrong.. how does he vote himself as chairman three times .. is this america .. and is there no one on the board who really cares about Naples and its people? .. Is the Naples board too proud to care or is there another reason? Where are you Brent Batten, on the real truth ?

SlipF18 writes:

in response to collegecath:

Why don't you go out there and see for yourself instead of making false judgments? People out there are nicer than any other part of southwest Florida. And no, instead of teaching tolerance, they teach compassion. They are some of the most loving people you will ever meet. I hope you will one day get over your religious discrimination.

They're just like everyone else. Some good, some bad, and some people at every point in between good and bad.

Still, it's weird to be so insular. Not healthy, IMO.

SlipF18 writes:

in response to collegecath:

As a business owner, you should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. That would be religious discrimination. Also, if you go to Ave Maria you're required to take core courses which include everything from science to math to philosophy. You're also grounded in virtue. That is something that is greatly missing in business today-- and you would throw that out simply because of the denomination of the university? Shame on you! Shame on your business!

Actually, it's perfectly legal for an employer to base his hiring decisions on the educational institutions the applicant has attended. That's not religious discrimination at all, and isn't even indication of religious bias unless Ave Maria University does not allow non-Catholics to attend.

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