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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: Julie Jones
City: New Orleans
4100 Chartres, 70117
I am writing to voice my concern about the proposed HANO/ITEX development in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Residents recognize the need for affordable housing and are happy to have more of it in our neighborhood, but we believe that--because of its size and scale--the proposed development will have a negative impact on what is a low-density, largely 19th-century, national historic district that is basically intact. Houses in the neighborhood are primarily wooden structures, one- and two-stories tall. The proposed development is just too big. It fills the entire lot and will involve the destruction of a one-square-block green space, with several hundred-year-old oak trees that is also important as an area for storm-water management. The former HANO development was much smaller--some fifty-six units--and worked well in the sense that those who lived there could be integrated into the greater community. The proposed giant complex creates a hostile environment that is antithetical to the neighborhood in which it is located. Its "doughnut shape" was used by the same company--ITEX--for numerous complexes in non-historic neighborhoods in Texas; it shows zero sensitivity to the historic district's aesthetics, will (literally) cast a shadow on those unfortunate enough to live in the surrounded 3 blocks and will also threaten to put a long-standing and much loved local barbecue restaurant out of business. I ask you to please oppose this development in its current form.