The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish, including the treatment facilities owned by the Christian Community Youth Against Drugs Foundation (CCYAD) located at 1540 Piety Street; 3155 N. Claiborne Avenue; 3216 N. Claiborne Avenue; and 3211-13 Robertson Street in New Orleans, LA. CCYADF has applied to FEMA Public Assistance Program for funding to demolish and rebuild these four treatment facilities. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (ACHP) regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, 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 Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.§§ 5152-5206.
The Area of Potential Effects (APE) for standing structures includes the each of the four buildings plus the structures within the view shed of each building. The APE for archaeology includes the footprint of each building. These APEs are shown on Attachment A.
FEMA has determined that the four buildings are located within the Bywater National Register Historic District shown in Attachment B and that 1540 Piety Street, 3216 N. Claiborne Avenue, and 3211-13 Robertson Street contribute to the significance of the Bywater National Register Historic District.
The current Undertaking is located within the Orleans Parish Moderate Probability Zone for historic archaeological sites. The soil type is Schriever Clay and Harahan Clay that is associated with poorly drained areas in backswamps along the Mississippi River. The likelihood of prehistoric sites in this environmental setting is low. A review of the Louisiana Archaeological Site Files was conducted and it was determined that one known archaeological site, a mid-20th century brick and concrete cesspool, is located within 0.5 mile radius of these four properties.
FEMA reviewed historical maps of New Orleans including the Hardee (1878), Robinson (1883), and the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1895, 1898, 1908, 1937, and 1951) for information about the historical development of APE. The Hardee map shows improvements at the location of 3213 North Claiborne Avenue, but no structures are shown at the other three study locations. No improvements are shown in the APE on the 1883 Robinson map. Detailed Sanborn map coverage for the APE begins in 1908, with additional coverage in 1937 and 1951. The coverage on the 1908 map series is not complete in this part of New Orleans. The 1937 and 1951 Sanborn maps include all four building sites and show the existing dwellings.
FEMA has determined that demolition of 1540 Piety Street, 3216 N. Claiborne Avenue, and 3211-13 Robertson Street will constitute an Adverse Effect to historic properties, including the Bywater National Register Historic District. FEMA is seeking input from members of the public on ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the Adverse Effect.
Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on this project to FEMA. Comments can be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on October 20, 2009 at http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/ or by regular mail.
Mailed comments should be sent to:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office
1250 Poydras Street, Box #43
New Orleans, LA 70113
If mailed, comments and requests must be physically received at this address by November 3, 2009.
Christian Community Youth Against Drugs Foundation, Treatment Facilities
ATTACHMENT A: Christian Community Youth Against Drugs Foundation, Treatment Facilities
Area of Potential Effects
Attachment B: Christian Community Youth against Drugs Foundation's Treatment Facility locations within the Bywater National Register-listed Historic District and proposed extension.