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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: Michael Cain, JR '04
City: Metairie, LA
Comments: Being a Holy Cross graduate, I was deeply saddened to see my alma matter practically destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. When I first read of the option to use the property of St. Francis Cabrini (SFC), I thought this provided the greatest opportunity for Holy Cross. Not only will it benefit Holy Cross, but it allows Holy Cross Students, Faculty, Alumni, Families, etc to give back to the area. Currently, Gentilly has few to no options for education in the proximity of the SFC property, which has caused many families to not return to the area in search of education and opportunity. Moving Holy Cross into this area would hopefully bring back more families and therefore businesses into the area, which would provide economic growth and revitalization. Currently, SFC is not open, and the parishioners have been unable to pay the costs of maintenance for a few years. With this in mind, the church, as it stands, is not helping to revitalize the area, and a better option is at hand. I understand that SFC parishioners want to maintain the history of the building. However, maintaining the entire building may not be necessary. A room or hallway could be dedicated to remembering the historical side of this building with pictures, blueprints, photos, drawings, etc. Also, it is understandable that people in the area may want to maintain a Catholic Parish, and possibly Holy Cross could help out in this area of giving back to the community as well. Possibly, Holy Cross and the Archdiocese could come to an agreement and build a church on the campus that the students could use for mass during school hours and could become a local parish on the weekend. This would again promote growth and revitalization in the local area.