Southwest Florida Music Education Center plans to transform part of the former Hodges University Naples campus into its new permanent campus. The music center acquired the property at Northbrooke Drive in North Naples for a little more than $10 million. The 43,097-square-foot building on 5.8 acres was not in full use and was put on the market in 2021 by Hodges University. It will provide the SWFLMEC, a post-secondary center for musically talented, neurodivergent young adults, with practice rooms, classrooms, recording studio, a practice performance stage and administrative space, accommodating up to 50 full-time students starting in fall 2024. Plans for the campus include adding a student dormitory, performance site and additional program space.
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