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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of the City of New Orleans’ (City) Proposal to Reconstruct the Stallings Center Gymnasium and Repair the Pool on the 4300 Block of St. Claude Avenue within the Bywater National Register Historic District, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Seeking Public Comment"
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Name: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: New Orleans, Louisana

My initial impression based on the single slide and a woeful lack of additional detail is …major FAIL. The "design" is a generic brick and glass rectangle with NO soul or hint aesthetic influence. I can't believe someone was actually paid to create this. And, yes, I did notice the "preliminary - not for construction" disclaimer" on the graphic.

The source of inspiration seems to be early shoebox. I wasn't expecting high design, but I thought the initial presentation would show a hint reverence for the historic character of the neighborhood. I request a redo with some character.

Here are my questions:

1. How will the building be oriented on the square? The first rendering is designated as the NW view, but omits street names. Is the building located at St. Claude & Lesseps (the NW) corner of the square?

2. Or, is the first view merely the NW corner of the building?

3. What were the specs in the original RFP?

4. Is there any information as to what will be housed in the building?

5. What's the square footage?

6. What amenities will be located in the portion of the square not occupied by the building?

As I stated in my, November e-mail in response to the survey, I am interested in Parks & Recreation meetings, and I would like to be notified about the committee's future meetings. Please e-mail me at turbinton@msn.com or call