As owners of the Pajama Factory, Suzanne and I would like to respond to the July 9th article focusing on a drug arrest at the Pajama Factory. We believe a few clarifications are necessary:
The assault incidence did not involve any of the building tenants
In fact, it was the tenants who called the police to report an altercation between two young men. The police commended the quick response of our tenants and the two men were eventually caught and arrested on drug/assault charges. Apparently one of the men had been using a friend's studio.
A few months prior to this incident, a young woman - also not a tenant - died of a drug overdose in the building. She had obtained/consumed drugs in town and merely come to the building to visit her boyfriend. She was in the nicest studio in the factory, a recently renovated large office space, air conditioning, private entrance, private bathrooms, an elevator and private security system. City officials walked the entire complex and, in this case, no arrests were made, no one was evicted, and no one was found living in the building. Her untimely death was a true tragedy.
In both cases, the tenants, factory management, and police worked together to quickly ensure the building's, and neighborhood's, continued safety.
Fostering a creative environment doesn't mean that we tolerate activities or behaviors that would endanger our tenant community. We are not immune to city wide problems.
Nonetheless, we screen tenants to assure we have respectable, responsible individuals in the building. When problems arise, we act quickly to assess the situation and, when necessary, evict problem tenants.
Over the past few years, we have invested millions of dollars on renovation - cleaning up the complex so that the building can become a vital and stimulating creative community, something the city can be proud of.
Since we are a 24-hour access building, safety is a key consideration for us. This open access has appeal to people who have day jobs or for people who are putting long hours into a new business or an art project. Eventually, we hope to build live/work spaces - a concept that's worked well in many other cities around the country.
We invite anyone who may not know much about the building to schedule a tour and meet the people who rent studios here. We know that you will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully more supportive of our community. And for all the people who have supported us, we thank you.
Mark and Suzanne Winkelman
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