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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
4100 Royal Street
Comments: The proposed HANO/ITEX mixed income development is incredibly out-of-scale with the adjacent one-story historic shotgun homes. While we are very supportive of affordable housing on this property, this massive structure with 136 apartments will have major negative impacts on the Bywater National Register Historic District. It is not at all contextual with the neighborhood architecture and will severely impact traffic, parking, sewer and drainage infrastructure, and storm water management, plus the loss of very large trees. HANO's initial RFP and ITEX's response to that RFP called for 56 units on this specific site. Since that time, HANO has increased the unit quantity to 150 and, now, dropped it to 136 - all without putting the new project size out to a public bid. This project will have a major deleterious impact on the entire neighborhood and this development's impact must be considered in concert with the impact of other planned neighborhood projects, including the approved hotel across the street, the hotel planned on Chartres Street next to the arched stairway to Crescent Park, the approved new hotel on the corner of France Street and St. Claude Avenue, the future cruise terminal at the end of Mazant Street, as well as the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity building. FEMA should use the Section 106 process to require the size of this planned development to be significantly reduced in order to mitigate the certain adverse impact of this planned development on our historic neighborhood.