Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of Privately-Owned Residential Buildings Proposed for Demolition in Orleans Parish, Louisiana
The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent widespread flooding
severely damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under
36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of
1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried out by the Public Assistance (PA) program
implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Act, 42 U.S.C.§§ 5152-5206.
The City of New Orleans has determined that many of the buildings severely damaged by the hurricanes
are an imminent threat to public health and safety. As part of its mission under the PA program, FEMA
is proposing to fund the demolition of privately-owned residential buildings that pose such a threat.
The regulations cited above require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any of the properties
proposed for demolition are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places; to assess the
effect the demolition will have on historic resources; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or
mitigate any adverse effects.
(1) FEMA has conducted a survey of the properties proposed for demolition. In previous public notices,
FEMA has requested the aid of the public in identifying if any of the buildings are of historic
significance. In consultation with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), FEMA has
determined that many of the buildings proposed for demolition are not eligible for the National
Register. For informational purposes, the addresses of these buildings can be found at
(2) Regarding those buildings proposed for demolition that FEMA, in consultation with SHPO, has found
eligible for the National Register, FEMA is requesting the aid of the public in identifying
alternatives to demolition. Any member of the public who has specific practical information on
feasible alternatives to demolition for any of these buildings is encouraged to respond. Alternative
proposals should include a source of funding for stabilization and/or repairs and the timeframe
required to accomplish these actions.
For a list of the property addresses and to suggest specific alternatives to demolition, visit
www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106. This information will be accepted for a 15-day period
beginning on Friday, November 9, 2007. Comments should be submitted to FEMA at the website or by
regular mail to:
FEMA Algiers TRO
5th Floor, Historic Preservation
1 Seine Court
New Orleans, LA 70114
If mailed, comments must be physically received at this address by November 23, 2007.