The high winds and subsequent widespread flooding in the wakes of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged many historic properties in the City of New Orleans. As part of its compliance responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, to identify and evaluate historic properties, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice.
During the course of conducting an ongoing historic properties identification and evaluation survey, FEMA, in consultation with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), has determined that four National Register of Historic Places-listed Historic Districts within the City of New Orleans are eligible to have their current boundaries expanded, and has identified two new historic districts within the city that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Those existing National Register Historic Districts eligible for expansion include the Carrollton, Esplanade Ridge, Bywater and Holy Cross Historic Districts. Eligible new districts include the Edgewood Park National Register Historic District roughly bounded by Highway 90 (Gentilly Boulevard.), Peoples Avenue, Highway 610 and Fairmont Drive; and the Pontchartrain Park National Register Historic District which incorporates Pontchartrain Park and portions of streets on the east side of the park including Prentiss Ave., Congress Drive, Madrid Street, DeBore Drive, Morrison Road, and Frankfort Street.
FEMA is requesting comment regarding the newly eligible and expanded districts. Maps of the newly eligible and expanded districts can be viewed at http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106:
Additionally, as part of its ongoing effort to identify and evaluate historic districts, FEMA is requesting the aid of the public in identifying additional neighborhoods or areas of historic significance. Any member of the public who has specific, documented evidence of a neighborhood's association with events or persons significant in local, state, or national history is encouraged to provide this information to FEMA.
This information will be accepted from March 14, 2006, for a 2 week period. Comments should be submitted to FEMA at the following web site address: http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106 or by regular mail to:
FEMA Historic Preservation
800 West Commerce, 4th floor
Harahan, Louisiana 70123
Envelopes must be post-marked by March 28, 2006.