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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1 Seeking Public Comment for FEMA-funded Demolition of House of Detention, 2735 Perdido Street, New Orleans"
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Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1 Seeking Public Comment for FEMA-funded Demolition of House of Detention, 2735 Perdido Street, New Orleans

Figure 1: Aerial Location Map
Figure 1: Aerial Location Map
Figure 2: House of Detention
Figure 2: House of Detention/em>
As part of FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program, the City of New Orleans is requesting that FEMA provide funds to demolish the House of Detention, located a 2735 Perdido Street. No new construction is proposed at this time.

Federal regulations require FEMA, a funding agency, to identify if any of the properties are historic (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effects the work will have on historic properties; to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects to historic properties; and to evaluate the proposed action's potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment.

FEMA has determined that the New Orleans Police Complex, constructed between 1964-1968 and composed of the Police Administration building, Municipal and Traffic Court building, Central Lockup & House of Detention, and the associated parking facility, is a historic property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Given the demolition will occur on top of soils that were heavily disturbed during the construction of this facility, FEMA has determined that it is unlikely that intact archaeological sites will be identified within the project area.

Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on how the project may affect historic properties and ways that these effects may be avoided, minimized, or mitigated. To help develop a course of action for this project, FEMA is requesting your input by March 14, 2020 on ways to avoid or minimize effects of this project on the historic property and any ideas on how to mitigate the adverse effects.

Comments can be posted at this website: https://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106

Or mail comments to:
FEMA Mail Center/Environmental Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Or email comments to: fema-liro-ehp-pa@fema.dhs.gov

1 The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish, LA. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the FEMA is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). This notice applies to activities carried out by the Public Assistance program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.5152-5206. FEMA is also required to fulfill the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (NEPA regulations, 43 FR 55978 (1978)) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed and to take into account environmental considerations when authorizing or approving major FEMA actions that may significantly affect the environment of the United States. It is the intent of NEPA that federal agencies encourage and facilitate public involvement to the extent practicable in decisions that may affect the quality of the environment.