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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: Bari Landry Vaz
City: San Diego, CA
Sexton Cottage - Holt Cemetery
Comments: I have personal knowledge of this building. From 1999 until Hurricane Katrina I was a leader of a volunteer project that cleaned up Holt Cemetery twice per month. We utilized the sexton cottage on site for doing paperwork, storing equipment (such as week whackers), and sometimes displayed information for families at the site. The cottage is indicative of the architecture of the Parkview National Register Historic District, in which it is located, along with the nearby Mid-City and South Lakeview Historic Districts. It is also in good condition, needing repairs due to deferred maintenance but certainly not beyond repair. Cemetery workers used the building for shade prior to Katrina, and they as well as volunteer groups could easily use the building for storage, shade, etc. Rather than destroying another part of New Orleans history, FEMA and the City of New Orleans should preserve this building and give interested non-profit organizations the opportunity to repair, preserve, and use the sexton cottage in their efforts to clean and preserve Holt Cemetery (groups such as, but not limited to, the Preservation Resource Center, Save Our Cemeteries, Friends of Lafite Corridor/Lafite Greenway, Lakeview Civic Improvement Association (the cemetery is within the boundaries of the Lakeview neighborhood), Beacon of Hope, and Delgado Community College/Funeral and Cemetery Services program).