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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Frank Falgoust
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
5500 Paris Ave, 70122
Comments: The decision to sell the property to Holy Cross as a vote of the parishoners of St. Francis Cabrini. This was not a decision made by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The vote was the results of a natural disaster and what is best for the parish and the neighborhood. The parishoners chose to put the needs of the people over a "modern architecture" building that was the former church of St. Francis Cabrini. (The church ceased to exist on Set 30, 2006 when it was de-consecreted).

Naturally, there are some who are unhappy with the results of the vote. (Even those who voted for it are not happy with it). Some would like a compromise, some would be content with the building being remenbered in some way, while others oppose the sale. It is time to move forward no matter how painful it is. You had your vote or the chance to vote. Other than those who want a perment display, it is time to "get on the ship" and be a Christian by helping your neighbors rather than trying to save a building that has been proven to has maintenice nightmares. If you still want to peserve the building, then buy it and move it to another location.

I am in favor of has a display or plaque to remember St. Francis Cabrinr Church. I do not care if the building stays or is torn down. However, when it is the good of the neighborhood verses th building than I am in favor of tearing it down.

The following is directed at FEMA. It is time for you get get back to what you are suppose to be doing. That is helping whether then hindering when a disaster hits. A building that is considered historical should have different cirteria for a disaster, then for a different event such as a developer. The building should not become a hinderence to the recovery from a disaster. The decision by the owner or owners of the building should have piority. If FEMA deems that the building should be saved, then FEMA should either purchase the building and move it if the owener wans the land, or help a historical society purchae it. Historical building get damaged or destoried in a disaster.

It is my understanding that there is a registery for historical buildings. To my knowledge St. Francis Cabrini was not in the registery. Or at least it was not prior to Katrina. The building should not be tagged as historial for this reason alone. I know that FEMA has some guidelines to follow. However, these guidelines should act only as a flag to notify the owners
that the building meets the criteria to be a historical building, if it is not already. The owner may not even be aware that it meets the criteria. It should be up to the owners as to what they are going to do with it. Not a group of people or an agency of the government. It should not be up to an agency or a group of people to declare something historic to be protected over the objections of the owner. To be placed in the registery the owner should be the one to make the request, not an agency or anyone else. Otherwise, they are tramping on the rights of the owner.