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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1
Seeking Public Comment for FEMA Funded Construction
of the Mazant-Royal Housing Development,
4100 Royal Street, New Orleans
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Name: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: New Orleans, LA 70117
927 Desire St
Comments: I am concerned about the use of public funds that will ultimately be used to increase profits for a privately held, out of state corporation. To maximize their profits, ITEX is proposing a development that in terms of both size and density is beyond the scope of what this neighborhood has historically seen. Destruction of greenspace including live oak trees supposedly protected by law has been deemed necessary by ITEX in the name of profit.
The affordable housing component is being used disingenuously for political purposes. As I understand it, there would only be a limited time for units to be offered at reduced rent. This is apparently what happened at the American Can development which is now widely perceived as a bait and switch project.
The affordable housing component is also being used as a wedge issue, with proponents implying that those opposed to the scope of this development are just opposed to affordable housing altogether. This is false.
Finally, the so-called Bywater Neighborhood Association does not represent the majority of neighborhood's residents. The BNA's position (currently in support of the project) is being driven by a small number of board members who welcome development of any kind and any scope, regardless of the opposition from their neighbors that they supposedly represent.