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Madame Jojo's demolition approved as part of Soho redevelopment

28 November 2014, 12:13 | Written by Laurence Day

Madame Jojo's has reportedly been marked for demolition. Last week we reported that the venue had its license revoked after a serious incident - security staff allegedly assaulting a man with baseball bats - but it seems the fate of one of London's most eclectic gig spaces was already sealed.

An article on The Guardian suggests that the venue has been tagged as part of a redevelopment scheme in Soho, and has been so since September 2013. A company called Soho Estates is apparently behind the move.

As The Guardian notes, the plans describe the redevelopment area sans Jojo's:

"The design drawings of the 50,000 sq ft development, which illustrate how Soho Estates envisions the future of Brewer Street, include a complete renewal of the building that has been home to Madame Jojo’s for 50 years. The club itself is not included at all in any of the drawings. Instead the plans say the site “currently occupied by Madame Jojo’s, will undergo extensive demolition and remodelling, involving the levelling of the floor plane, adjustment of the layout and improvement to access”.

There is also a petition in place, with over 6500 signatures, aiming to save the historic nightlife hotspot.

The story is currently developing, and we will have more details as/when they come in.

Via The Guardian

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