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||Dick Watson - A'66
|St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
||Although the church is considered by some to have some unique architectural features, I personally feel that design flaws and hurricane damage made the building impracticable to maintain for any purpose.
"Art is in the eye of the beholder" and to stop progress for the sake of a few individuals is improper, this country is built on majority rule.
Additionally, the Archdiocese has already determined that the building would no longer be used as a parish church, so that is not even an option.
Also, as I understand, the age of the building, younger than I am, does not qualify for historical preservation under either FEMA or State rules.
Hurricane Katrina, not Holy Cross, is ultimately responsible for the destruction of the old Cabrini Church; Holy Cross is simply seeking FEMA permission to clear out the mess that was left by the hurricane and flood damage.
Finally, the footprint of the old building, if allowed to remain, would substantially impact the architectural plans for the new Holy Cross School.
I fully understand that this review process is required as part of the FEMA guidelines, so I would request that this process be expedited as much as possible, as to not disrupt the construction timeline.
I urge you to agree to the demolition of the former Cabrini Church building, with the appropriate commemoration, to allow Holy Cross School to fully implement its relocation plan. The greater New Orleans community needs to have the very positive effect of this 125 year old educational institution relocating to the Gentilly area.