Given some of the damning allegations in the comment thread in the Echo Park Spec post (Scientology ties, unhappy neighbors, cameras), we asked Ken Shapiro of Silverwood Properties for a response. No, the owner of the building isn't a Scientologist, nor is the property manager, according to Shapiro (he says he's never even met the owner). As for unhappy next-door neighbors on Echo Park Ave., yes, there was some tension at first, but Shapiro says he's become friends with most--not every single one-- of the neighboring store owners. He's unhappy that anyone would say that he isn't trying to be part of the neighborhood--and says two weeks ago he held a BBQ and invited locals. "We're not trying to keep to ourselves," he says. Also, there are no cameras at that address of 1645 Lucretia, he adds. Curbed verified that. Yes, no cameras.
· Spec in Echo Park [Curbed LA]