The city issued a permit Sept. 15 for Adkins Construction LLC to build-out School of Rock at 11112 San Jose Blvd., Unit 25, in Claire Lane Center in Mandarin.
Adkins will build-out the 2,888-square-foot space at a cost of $411,000. The space is near Ulta Beauty and Mandola’s Italian Kitchen.
Lasky Architect of Fort Lauderdale is the architect.
SchoolofRock.com says the location will open in December 2023.
The global music school franchises and offers classes, workshops, camps and performance programs for children, teen and adult musicians.
The website says School of Rock was founded in 1998 as a single school in Philadelphia.
It now has more than 60,000 students and more than 325 locations in 15 countries. There are 15 locations in Florida, and Jacksonville will be the 16th.
Franchisee Ryan Campbell, of St. Augustine, is service manager at CCS Presentation Systems and also has a commercial music background.
He is the franchise owner through 210 School of Music LLC.
Campbell said in June he was a music instructor offering lessons out of his home studio for several years before having to shut down the business in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve always had a passion for music and experienced firsthand as a teenager what learning music – and specifically playing music with others – can do for a person’s self-esteem,” Campbell said by email.
School of Rock says its method combines one-on-one instruction with group rehearsals and live performances, “starting students on their musical journey by playing songs that inspire them.”
It offers programs, music and vocal lessons, camps, workshops, resources and events.
Campbell said that being from the Saint Johns area, he was seeking a location in the 32259 ZIP code but found Mandarin is central to many communities around Jacksonville. Claire Lane Center is south of Interstate 295.
Campbell said his wife, Jessica, will be the school’s assistant manager.
He said his father and business partner, Dean Campbell, played in bands as a youth and young adult.
Campbell said the school also will bring jobs to Jacksonville musicians that enable them “to continue pursuing their careers as artists through flexible scheduling and access to employee perks, such as discounted pricing on musical equipment and access to our recording and rehearsal space.”