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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: Dan Murphy
City: Metairie, LA
Specific
property
affected:
St. Francis Cabrini Church
Comments: Everything old is certainly not historic ! It's time to move on, the building in question is a money pit and the Archdiocese of N.O. recoginizes this. The building was in a state of disrepair before August 29th 2005, with millions of dollars needed in basic upkeep and repair.

While the building is certainly unique, it has outlived it's function. The Archdiocese of N.O. has already decided that the building that once housed the SFC Church is not practical to restore or keep as it once was. It was the Archdiocese that offered the property to Holy Cross to hopefully return the property to commerce and establish a presence in the community, A presence that I believe is to include a Church for the neighborhood and the school to worship in , albeit on a smaller scale. The community needs this project to spur revitalization and return life to the area. What better way to attract people to an area than to offer a QUALITY school in which to educate their children. The revialization needs to start with a project the enhances the quality of life for the area. Holy Cross School is such a project! For those that cry that the children attending the school will only be there during the day, leaving at the end of the day to return to the communities that they came from are short sighted. It is those students who will start the movement back into that area. It is easy to envison a thriving community with Holy Cross as the hub, just as it was was 30 or 40 years ago with St. Francis Cabrini. The area needs Holy Cross just as much as Holy Cross needs the property. Holy Cross is willing to invest it's time and money into creating a state of the art complex where children are educated and the community can come to worship. It will become a becon, welcoming all who want to surround themselves in the Holy Cross mission, and it will serve as a catalyst for further community development. Tear the building down and allow the community to right itself and pull itself out of the dispair (and disrepair) that is abundant in that area. Holy Cross needs FEMA's help to secure this mission.

Further, to require that the building remain or forego FEMA's help, may be the deal breaker to the entire project. If that happens, then what is to become of the area? There would not be a Holy Cross School built on the property, the Archdiocese of N.O. will have a building that they don't want and in all likelyhood would not put any money into beyond fencing the property off, and they would be hard pressed to find another similar situated buyer for that property. Without the Holy Cross purchase, that property may remain dormant for years to come. I don't think anyone feels that the area is best served by allowing a building to remain that would fall in further disrepair. The time is now to reclaim the area while it is still viable.