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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: Rachelle Silva
City: Metairie, LA
St. Francis Cabrini Church
Comments: The Holy Cross Family has suffered significant destruction and disruption and it is time for the red tape to disappear and for the deal to be finalized. Most of the students not only lost their beloved campus but they lost everything they owned as well. Being able to return to THEIR school has been the one piece of normalcy many of the students have been able to embrace. The campus is not the same because they are in temporary FEMA trailers but the spirit of the school and Fr. Basil Moreau's love of New Orleans and educating boys to men remains the same.

The St. Francis Cabrini Church was also destroyed by Katrina and it destroyed the surrounding neighborhoods as well. The Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided that it does not have the financial ability to save the church and it has agreed to its destruction so that Holy Cross can proceed with its plans to build a state of the art Catholic Middle and High School campus.

The Holy Cross Family has agonized over having to leave its 9th Ward campus and after 15 months of not knowing where our new campus would be a decision was finally made. Shortly after the well publicized discussions and decision, out of the woodwork came these architects and their claims of the church being a "historic" structure. Where were these people during all the discussions and negotiations prior to our decision?

It is time for common sense to take over and for this foolishness to end so that we can begin to rebuild our campus.