City Gives Green Light to Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Development Plans

The hospital will offer a full array of medical and surgical care.

Photography by Staff June 12, 2019

An aerial view of the footprint of the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice facility.

Image: Courtesy Photo 

The Venice City Council this week approved a zoning amendment that gave a green light to Sarasota Memorial’s development plans for its new Venice hospital.

The 65-acre site at the intersection of Laurel and Pinebrook roads near I-75 had been zoned for a shopping center. With this week's vote, the city council unanimously approved SMH’s request to allow a hospital and related healthcare facilities to be built on the site. The decision followed two uncontested public hearings and strong support from community and city leaders. 

SMH broke ground on the hospital campus in April and obtained permits to begin land clearing and deep foundation work. On May 7, the Planning Board approved SMH’s site and development plans pending approval of the zoning amendment. Construction is expected to take two and a half years with a total project cost of $437 million. The initial development covers 48 acres on the eastern side of the parcel and includes:

• A five-story, 365,000-square-foot hospital, with 110 private rooms and 28-bed emergency center
• A two-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building
• Related support structures and service area
• An adjacent parking garage and surface parking lots
The hospital will offer a full array of medical and surgical care, including a cardiology unit/catheterization lab; critical care/intensive care unit; emergency care; endoscopy and other procedural areas; gastroenterology; labor and delivery/post-partum unit; laboratory/diagnostic testing; nephrology; neurology/neurosurgery; oncology; orthopedics; pulmonology; imaging/radiology; urology and more. The SMH-Venice hospital will be hurricane hardened, with a seamless connection to SMH’s electronic medical records and information technology.

The campus is expected to generate hundreds of jobs during construction, and more than 500 employees will work at the facility when it opens. Located about halfway between Sarasota and North Port off I-75, the campus also will bring SMH’s extensive physician base further south, which in turn will help build the medical staff for a future hospital in North Port. For architectural renderings, building animation and more information, visit

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