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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 Wilbert
City: New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: Regarding the demolition issue of St. Frances Cabrini Church at 5500 Paris Ave., it is my opinion that it is necessary to remove the church building to allow our neighborhood to make much needed progress. I lived across the street from this church almost my entire life and am a ten year resident of oak park. This is not an easy decision to make, after all it is a church, and a church I was baptised in, made my first communion, etc., and has quite a bit of sentimental value to me. It is difficult to understand why the church could not be an integral part of the Holy Cross plan, however, I do realize how tremendously important it is for our neighborhood, and really for the whole city, that this school deal materialize. So I guess it boils down to saving a building or saving a whole community. The church has neglected the building for seventeen months and would require extensive renovations to be used again as a church. If the building is rescued from demolition, is the arch dioceses intending on making the necessary repairs and are people going to move back into the neighborhood without a place to send their children to school? I know it is difficult to make a conscious decision to lose yet another thing after these past seventeen months, but, it is important to consider what is best for the greater good of everyone in this city struggling to put their lives back together. Should we save a church that has been a landmark for so many years for the sake of saving a building that will remain just to remind us of what happened August 29, 2005, or accept the cost of progress and enable our neighborhood to make headway on this "Long Road Home".