The new South County Courts/R. L. Anderson Building Remodel includes construction of a new, two-story, four-court, courthouse and ancillary spaces to serve the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, and Court Administration. In anticipation of future growth, the building was designed to allow for two additional courtrooms for a future total of six courtrooms. The new building will be located on the campus of the existing R. L. Anderson Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice.

Project Location Map South County Courts-R.L. Anderson building remodel (002)


The relocation of court functions from the R. L. Anderson Building to the new courthouse building will also result in the reallocation of spaces within the R. L. Anderson Building and its annex building. This reorganization of space will facilitate the renovations necessary to address immediate and near-term growth in various court-related and general government services provided from the existing R. L. Anderson complex including the Office of the State Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Department of Veterans Services, Health Department, and Planning and Development Services.

The project includes extensive site work including expanded parking, new stormwater treatment facilities, and landscaping improvements.

Project Phases and Details

In order to accelerate the project, the project has been divided into two major phases. The first phase will include the construction of a new parking area along South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), rearrangement of existing parking facilities, new stormwater improvements, and preparation of the site for the new court building. The second phase will include construction of a new, 40,000-square-foot court building and remodel of the two existing R. L. Anderson buildings. 

The new court building will feature improved security screening, modern facilities and technology to accommodate current and future court administrative needs. The design will include solar panels to contribute to the project’s electrical needs and address the county’s commitment to sustainability. Renovations to the existing R. L. Anderson buildings will include modernization of lighting, elevators, mechanical equipment and interiors.

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2020-07-20 Looking North
2020-07-20 Looking South
2020-07-20 Looking East
2020-07-25 Installing Storm Piping Across Annex Road
2020-07-20 Looking From Far South
2020-07-20 Looking West
2020-07-20 Looking Northwest
2020-07-20 View of New North Parking
2020-07-29 Connecting Storm Pipe to Structure at North Parking