New assisted living facility on Proctor Road planned

SARASOTA - A $65 million assisted living facility is being planned on Proctor Road in Sarasota, creating 200 to 250 jobs.

The community, named Autumn of Sarasota, is set to break ground in the first quarter of 2013. The new community will create 200 to 250 professional jobs when fully operational, officials with the company said. The positions will include medical care providers, nurses, administrators and physical therapy specialists.

The project also will provide many jobs in the local construction industry, a segment that’s been hit particularly hard by the recent downturn in the economy. “We’re excited about creating a world-class assisted living community that will offer the elderly the support they need and deserve. We’re proud that we’re doing our part to create viable, long-term jobs for Sarasota,” said Jim Soper, CEO of Autumn. “This project will generate great opportunities for community businesses.” Phase I of Autumn of Sarasota will be completed by early 2014, the company said. It will include 80 memory care residences. Phase II will have 120 independent living residences. The final phase, scheduled to be completed in 2015, will expand to an additional 120 residences.