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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of the City of New Orleans’ Proposal to Demolish and Replace the Caretaker’s Cottage, Laundry, and Chapel and Phase I Repairs to the Administration Building, North Cottage, and South Cottage, Milne Boys’ Home, 5420 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment"
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Name: Sandra Stokes
City: New Orleans
Specific
property
affected:
Milne Boys' Home
Comments: Demolishing historic buildings before there is an end-user and final design for the site is premature. It negates the option of restoring and utilizing the existing buildings for the new tenant. Of particular concern is the demolition of the historic, structurally sound, brick Laundry. To destroy the building because it MAY be in the way of what a possible new school MIGHT want is arbitrary and capricious. Although there is discussion of a concept plan where the building is in the way, it is just that - one concept.

Designs for a new school can easily incorporate the Laundry building for any number of purposes such as an art classroom, lunch area, restrooms, or the currently popular edible gardening programs that are springing up at innovative grade schools across the city. This site could serve as the most historic and unique gardening/potting room or kitchen work area in the City.
There are alternatives to demolition that have not been considered.