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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: Rodney Thoulion
City: New Orleans, Louisiana
St. Frances Cabrini Church
Comments: If the City of New Orleans tore down the historic Rivergate by the same architect for a gambling casino, then surely St. Frances Cabrini Church can be torn down for the sake of educating children. Where are our priorities in New Orleans?

This issue is the very issue that bogs down New Orleans and keeps it from moving forward. I believe in preserving structures that can be preserved as useful buildings. The Archdiocese and the parishioners of St. Frances admit that this building has been a money pit since the day that it opened. My question to FEMA is that if the structure is required to stay will FEMA give the funding for every repair this building will need in the future?

Holy Cross has been a part of this community since 1879. St. Frances Cabrini only since the 60s. I'd rather lose a structure for the sake of progress and bringing back an entire neighborhood.

See how much growth is spawned from a Katrina memorial? The neighborhood, the City and FEMA will be sorry in the long run if the building has to stay.

When does the architecture of a building supercede the right of people to have a viable neighborhood. Do you want a building or do you want life in a now lifeless neighborhood? You decide, but the consequences are dire!