The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in St. Bernard Parish. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as a part of its responsibilities under 36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried out by the Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5152-5206.
St. Bernard Parish is requesting that FEMA provide funds for the demolition and resultant debris removal of six (6) private residential buildings located in the parish. The regulations at 36 CFR Part 800 require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any of the properties proposed for demolition are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); to assess the effects the demolitions will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. FEMA, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), has determined that six (6) of the buildings proposed for demolition contribute to NRHP-listed historic district. The properties are listed below.
- 439-41 Angela Avenue, Arabi - Old Arabi Historic District (NRHP-listed)
- 445 Angela Avenue, Arabi - Old Arabi Historic District (NRHP-listed)
- 527 Angela Avenue, Arabi - Old Arabi Historic District (NRHP-listed)
- 635 Angela Avenue, Arabi - Old Arabi Historic District (NRHP-listed)
- 743-45 Angela Avenue, Arabi - Old Arabi Historic District (NRHP-listed)
- 641 Friscoville Avenue, Arabi - Friscoville Street Historic District (NRHP-listed)
A PDF of Images and a map of locations of these properties is available for review: www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/PDF/20090622.pdf
FEMA, in consultation with the SHPO, has determined that the proposed demolitions would result in adverse effects to historic properties, and has initiated consultation to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties that may result from the demolitions. Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on how the project may affect historic properties and ways that these effects may be avoided, minimized, or mitigated. Comments may be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on June 22, 2009 at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106 or by regular mail.
Mailed comments should be sent to:
FEMA Mail Center
1250 Poydras Street, Box #43
New Orleans, LA 70113
If mailed, comments and requests must be physically received at this address by July 7, 2009.