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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: Rodger Wheaton
City: Lake Terrace, New Orleans
Specific
property
affected:
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: The relocation of Holy Cross is the single biggest catalyst for bringing back the surrounding area which was inundated with 8-10 feet of water.

Our neighborhood (about 5 blocks to the north) is coming back strong. The area below our neighborhood (south of Robert E Lee) and on both sides on Paris Ave is dead. When Holy Cross announced its decision to move the results were immediate. Houses were gutted and for sale signs popped up. There was hope.The uncertainty over the demolition has put the brakes on several deals. The commercial areas along Robt E Lee and Paris continue as vacant shells.

Demolition of a church is never a happy event. It represents the hopes, dreams and memories of a parish. However those very same parishioners gave their reluctant consent so Holy Cross could emerge as a positive step forward. Reports are the the rebuilt campus would have a 500 seat Chapel open to Sunday mass. The surrounding neighbors and former parishioners would have a place of worship.

The buliding has as many detractors as supporters. While unique, it is of questionable historic value. It was a maintenance problem before the storm and will cost significant dollars to renovate. It will always be a money pit even after restoration. Perhaps a new, smaller version, with maintenance issues addressed, could be built in Kenner.

Life is filled with difficult decisions and this is one of them. But the most difficult decision (to let the church be razed) has already been made by those who cared for her the most-the parish. This area needs a big boost and this will do all of that and more. Please support the difficult decision of the parish and to help us rebuild New Orleans where it is sorely needed.

Thanks to all who have voiced their opinions. We need respect for each other, resolve and peace as we move forward.