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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: Chris Kennedy '91
City: Montz, LA formerly from Arabi, LA
Specific
property
affected:
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church
Comments: FEMA has programs that are tied to rules and regulations. I know this very well since my home in St. Bernard Parish was completly destroyed by the Hurricane. WIth the many phone calls to FEMA to gather a little assistance the moral way, I heard the FEMA represenative quote this rule and that rule. I quote the January 2004 Module 3, Lesson 1: Historic Preservation Laws Overview from the FEMA website regarding What is a Historic Property. A building should be at least 50 years old (with exceptions) and able to retain its intergrity and convey its significance. In my opinion, the church building in question being 40 years old and a modern type of architecture will not be able to convey a significance of New Orleans' Spanish and French architecture and Holy Cross buildings that date back to 1879.

Also common sense needs to be used for this situation. If Holy Cross is not allowed to demolish the church and build their own campus, the neighborhood which is in dire need of an adrenaline boost will not gain anything from the church which parishioners do not want to rebuilt.

If Holy Cross goes somewhere else, New Orleans will suffer and the Gentily area will as well, since this damaged church building will not be rebuilt and in the end will be hit with the wrecking ball. In this case what will be accomplished by denying an instutition that will continue to give hope to a community that desperately needs it.