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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: Chris Peet
City: New Orleans
4100 Royal
Comments: The project has from the beginning hidden behind "affordable housing." Does anyone actually believe the developers are going to keep the 90 affordable housing units as "affordable" after the ten year time limit? HELL NO. That is when the developer will be cashing in, all the while damaging a highlight of a jewel in a neighborhood in New Orleans.
Green space is always an issue in the Bywater. This project virtually eliminates the last green space in the Bywater besides Markey Park. The size of this project all but eliminates all of it. The previous project lived on the block and still allowed for some green space. The problem with this project is...it is TOO big for the block! There are going to be 150 parking spots for 150 units...ummm, most two person units in the Bywater have 2 cars per household. There will be AT LEAST an additional 100 spots required for the project that will end up street parking. Right now there are limited spaces on Royal, Mazant, and France that surround the project(no parking allowed on Charters.) This is going to impact directly the residents who live 2-3 blocks from the project. The Joint and Parleaux Beer Lab will suffer and most likely go out of business or move. JJs, Jack Dempsey, Vaughns, BJs and even Bacchanal all will be affected. These spots are part of the charm of the Bywater and all will be affected and we risk losing them all.
But again the crime is that the developer is hiding behind "affordable housing" and if the City Council was so convinced the developers intentions why limit it to ten years? Why not make it 200 years? Then we would see how committed they are. This is a shame and a sham.

Side Note: The Navy Base is literally 3(three) block away from the project. At its height the Base housed 6,600 people! That is the amount of around 36x the space afforded for "affordable housing" in the new project. It is a FAILURE by the city to not have taken care of the base when it was "gifted" to the city in 2011 and developed it as "affordable housing." Instead of nipping at the problem it could have made a HUGE dent in providing for our citizens. Oh, and they have a multi level parking garage as well.
Corporate greed wins this round, and little by little our city is being taken away.