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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of the City of New Orleans’ Proposal to Demolish the Sexton Cottages/Maintenance Buildings at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery, Lafayette No. 2 Cemetery, and Carrollton No. 1 Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment

See Addendum Update of April 26, 2013"

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Name: B. Vogel
City: New York, New York
Sexton Cottages at Lafayette #1 Cemetery, Lafayette #2 Cemetery, and Holt Cemetery
Comments: While I am not opposed to the demolition of the structure in the Carrollton Cemetery, I am opposed to the unnecessary demolitions proposed for the other three sexton cottages.

In a city where unique, historic cemeteries play an outsize role in capturing and reflecting local culture, it seems strange that city officials are so insistent on demolition. Repair and restoration of these three structures appear not only feasible (especially given that they are such small structures) but also the most beneficial for New Orleans in the long run. Given the ability - and untapped future potential - of the city's cemeteries to draw tourists, it would be a shame to throw out National Register-eligible resources.

Of all the sexton cottages, I strongly urge FEMA to avoid funding and facilitating the demolition of the cottages in Lafayette #2 and Holt. These small structure help to provide residents and visitors alike with what amount to architectural-historical keys to the age of their associated cemeteries by referencing architectural features and characteristics found in other New Orleans structures from the relevant periods of signficance.

If FEMA is going to go through hassle of arranging the funding for demolitions, it may as well "avoid...the adverse effects of the proposed Undertaking" entirely by facilitating funding to repair the structures instead. There is no need to give in to the hostility of local officials when a clear alternative is available.