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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: Karen Thiebaud
City: Gretna, LA
Specific
property
affected:
5500 Paris Ave
Comments: We need to get our priorities straight. To leave 500 young men in this post-Katrina limbo in order to preserve a building is wrong. We all had ideas and dreams before Katrina that are no longer possible. I thought my son would attend Holy Cross on the beautiful, historic campus in the 9th Ward. There is a sentimental attachment to it. However, it not advisable to rebuild in a neighborhood that was in serious decline before the storm. So we push aside the desire to cling to what we had and look forward at what we can achieve. And so it is with this building. It is time to look forward and realize that building Holy Cross at this location is in the best interest of everyone, especially our young men. FEMA classrooms in desolate neighborhood are depressing. I admire these young men who attend this school everyday because they realize that the heart of the school, much like that of a church, is in the people that are part of it and not the buildings that hold them. This "church" is just a building.
This building fails at what it was intended to due and keep out the elements. It is not feasible to support this building financially any longer. No one has offered any way to maintain the building, financially, in the long term. It is unfair to ask the parents of Holy Cross to bear this burden. We make enough sacrifices in order to pay the tuition and should not have to maintain a building that is faulty in its design.
The historical significance of this 43 year old building is questionable at best. It was completed before Vatican II. This issue should have ended months ago for that reason alone. Also, while some may consider the roof a great architectural achievement, it leaked. That is a fact that can't be overlooked. Some may consider the building aesthetically pleasing but it is not a great achievement if it is cost prohibitive to maintain. It is a failure.