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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: HC Parent
City: New Orleans
Comments: Gina, I haven't read many post stating the building is collapsing. I have read post that state the building was problematic since construction. The fact remains that the ARNO has decided not to re-invest money into the SFC parish. That is the ARNO stance not HC. Regadless of who is trying to purchase the property the ARNO is not willing to pay the money to renovate / maintain the buildings. They have closed the church as a functioning parish. Neither Holy Cross, FEMA, the city of New Orleans can do anything about that decision.

I have repeatedly read how SFC supporters feel HC is responsible for closing the doors, stealing 4.2 million in insurance money, secret deals to knockdown the buildings. Holy Cross is only trying to relocate to a more centralized New Orleans location. Many HC supporters initially disliked the selection. The more the school is bashed the more support it garners from its alumni, students, and parents. Hence the emotional comments from both sides of this arguement.

The fact remains, the ARNO has decided to close shop at 5500 Paris Ave. Regardless of the 106 process the location will never be the SFC church we knew before Katrina. We could force WALMART to re build a store but you can't force them to stock the shelves! Yes, Holy Cross would benefit from the deal, Yes Gentilly would benefit form the deal, Yes neighbors would benefit from the deal, Yes the ARNO will benefit from the deal. All of this could happen if the building is removed.

I haven't read one post from a SFC supporter that states how anything good comes out of preventing this deal when the ARNO doesn't repair or re establish the parish. Can someone explain the benifits of a shell of a building, or a renovated but closed parish church could help the surrounding community?

FEMA please allow Holy Cross to move forward with the current plans. Holy Cross should recognize the significance of the SFC parish church in an appropriate manner that has been used in previous instances such as this. Plaque, fountian, etc.