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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: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: new orleans LA
Comments: I was born in 1961 and grew up in Cabrini's parish. My family remained in the parish until Katrina (levee failure London Avenue) destroyed our home. The best thing that could possibly happen is for Cabrini church to be torn down and for Holy Cross to build there. If allowed to proceed Holy Cross will be instrumental in the revitalization of this area. The houses on the street where I lived have mostly been torn down. I believe many of my neighbors would rebuild if they felt the area was coming back. Between UNO and Holy Cross, the area could again be the vibrant thriving mixed income/race neighborhood that it was Pre-Katrina. The outsiders that do not have a clue as to the magnitude of the devastation of this area need to back off of the preservation of the church idea. The church was a monstrousity built in the 60s, was hard to heat and cool, was in disrepair and did not have a congregation to warrant the size of the building. If they could so easily tear down the Rivergate for Harrah's Casino, let them tear down a destroyed building for the renewal of an entire area. Native New Orleanians who love the city and this area want Holy Cross to build and for FEMA to expedite the process. Thank you.