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"Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of Proposed Stabilization and Mothballing Schools by Recovery School District (RSD) and Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) - Seeking Public Comment"
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Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of Proposed Stabilization and Mothballing Schools by Recovery School District (RSD) and Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) - Seeking Public Comment


Applicant: Recovery School District (RSD)
Louis D. Armstrong Elementary School Building A, 5909 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Israel Augustine Middle School, 425 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA
Oretha Haley Elementary, 2515 Robertson Street, New Orleans, LA
Lorraine Hansberry Elementary School, 1339 Clouet Street, New Orleans, LA
Morris Jeff Elementary School, 800 N. Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA
Valena Jones Elementary School Building A, 1901 N. Galvez Street, New Orleans, LA
George Mondy Elementary School, 2327 St. Phillip Street, New Orleans, LA
John Shaw Elementary School, 2518 Arts Street, New Orleans, LA

Applicant: Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB)
Pierre Capdau School, 3821 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA

The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans 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 FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5152-5206.

In 2009, FEMA, the RSD, the OPSB, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation entered into a Secondary Programmatic Agreement (RSD/OPSB 2PA) in order to fulfill FEMA's responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and 36 CFR part 800 regarding the implementation of the School Facilities Master Plan, which will be funded with assistance from FEMA and other Federal agencies.

As part of the Master Plan, the RSD and OPSB are requesting that FEMA provide funds to stabilize and mothball the buildings listed above. Some properties may have additional structural and/or roof work completed in order to further stabilize the buildings if necessary. All work will be performed in accordance with the National Park Service's (NPS) Preservation Brief 31, "Mothballing Historic Buildings" (attached). The regulations at 36 CFR Part 800 and the RSD/OPSB 2PA require FEMA to identify if any of the properties proposed for stabilization and mothballing are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); to assess the effects the stabilization and mothballing will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.

FEMA has identified that the above schools are either contributing resources to historic districts that are listed in the NRHP, or are individually eligible for NRHP listing. FEMA has also determined the proposed stabilization and mothballing projects will result in no adverse effects to historic properties conditional upon digital recordation of the interior/exterior of the buildings and submission of a security/maintenance schedule; a conditions survey; a monitoring report; and a marketing plan (if applicable). In accordance with the RSD/OPSB 2PA, FEMA will also ensure the buildings are recorded in accordance with the NPS Standards for digital photography and archived at the University of New Orleans Library, the State Archives and the State Library.

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 April 22, 2011 by regular mail or at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106.

Mailed comments should be sent to:


FEMA Mail Center
Historic Preservation
1 Seine Court, 1st Floor Mail Room
New Orleans, LA 70114

If mailed, comments and requests must be postmarked by May 6, 2011.


Louis D. Armstrong Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): McDonogh 19
5909 St. Claude Avenue 70117
1929 E.A. Christy
Determined Eligible NRHP
Archeological Probability: Moderate
Louis D. Armstrong Elementary School Building A



Israel Augustine Middle, RSD
Previous Name(s): Samuel J. Peters; Commercial HS
425 S. Broad Street 70119
1913 E.A. Christy
Mid-City HD (Contributing)
Archeological Probability: Moderate
Israel Augustine Middle, RSD



Oretha Haley Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): Charles Gayarre
2515 N. Robertson Street 70117
1922 E.A. Christy
New Marigny HD (Contributing)
Archeological Probability: High
Oretha Haley Elementary, RSD



Lorraine Hansberry Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): B. M. Palmer
1339 Clouet Street 70117
1930 E.A. Christy
Bywater HD (Contributing)
Archeological Probability: High
Lorraine Hansberry Elementary, RSD



Morris Jeff Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): McDonogh 31
800 N. Rendon Street 70119
1904 Andry and Bendernagel
Esplanade Ridge HD (Contributing)
Archeological Probability: High
Morris Jeff Elementary, RSD



Valena Jones Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): Miro Street School
1901 N. Galvez Street 70119
1928 E.A. Christy
Determined Eligible NRHP
Archeological Probability: High
Valena Jones Elementary, RSD



George Mondy Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): William O. Rogers
2327 St. Philip Street 70119
1897 Andry and Bendernagel
Esplanade Ridge HD (Contributing)
Archeological Probability: High
George Mondy Elementary, RSD



John Shaw Elementary, RSD
Previous Name(s): None
2518 Arts Street 70117
1939 E.A. Christy
Determined Eligible NRHP
Archeological Probability: High
John Shaw Elementary, RSD



Pierre Capdau Elementary, OPSB
Previous Name(s): None
3821 Franklin Avenue 70122
1922 E.A. Christy Edgewood Park HD (contributing)
Archeological Probability: Low
Pierre Capdau Elementary, OPSB