Domino's Pizza founder wants to build a 25-story crucifix in Michigan

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan wants to build a massive free-standing crucifix at his Domino's Farms office park. At 25 stories, it would be only 51 feet shorter than the torch's tip on the Statue of Liberty.

The crucifix is part of a package of zoning changes the township planning commission is considering for a Roman Catholic university Monaghan wants to re-establish at the site. Currently, the school exists as Ave Maria College, which has 135 students and is located in Ypsilanti.

''It's outrageous!'' said Patricia Blom, a Methodist who lives a half-mile away. ''This will offend people in this multireligious area.'' Karen Mendelson, who is Jewish, said the religious aspect didn't bother her but ''at 25 stories, it's going to be absurd looking.'' Other neighbors worried about the possible influx of 1,500 students.

Monaghan, 64, sold most of his stake in Domino's in 1998 and has focused his energy and much of his fortune on conservative Catholic causes.


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