TJ Thomas Estates Group, a Liverpool company, has bought the courtyard cluster of buildings at 36 Seel Street, where The Actors Studio, Matt Ford Photography and Seel Street Massage are based, as well as 11-23 Seel Street opposite and a warehouse on Wolstenholme Square next to Cream, which includes the Kazimier Garden.
The TJ Thomas group’s portfolio already features nine student flat developments across the city, as well as apartment blocks and offices.
The future of the Liverpool Academy of Arts is in now doubt after its building has been sold for potential redevelopment. TJ Thomas Estates Group has offered the gallery a new home.
The developer has promised new bars and restaurants will rise from the ashes – and that they’re in talks with the Kazimier. The venue, they say, could be an anchor tenant but, at this stage, nothing is certain. And to hear developer, Director David Mahoney talk of ‘urban bar restaurants’ in The Echo, sort of makes our blood run cold.
Let’s hope the garden is spared the wrecking ball, and we keep at least a part of Seel Street magical.
UPDATE: Kazimier has confirmed that they’re staying ‘the ground is shifting around us, but we’re staying where we are,’ they say.