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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of Interior Rehabilitation; New Addition Construction; and Demolition of Outbuildings and Custodial Lodge
Audubon-Montessori School, 428 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA
Applicant: Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB)
Seeking Public Comment
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Name: Kate Prechter
City: New Orleans, Louisiana
Specific
property
affected:
Audubon School, 400 Block of Broadway, New Orleans,
Comments: The renovation of the Audubon school in conjunction the proposed addition changes the character of the neighborhood by changing the Land Area Ration of the site thus impacting the neighborhood.

The Audubon school was originally built to accommodate 300-350 students. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) over the years has increased that student body to 500 plus. The OPSB was running 2 charter schools out of one building and that is their plan for the future. My question is WHY? Orleans Parish has an abundance of abandoned neighborhood schools with high architectural significance as well as which exemplify historic building techniques and crafts. Why not utilized these building to created the additional educational space needed. This helps to preserve historic buildings as well as fight blight in our neighborhoods by their renewal. It also preserves the historic character of the city as a whole.

The preservation of these neighborhood schools is the preservation of the history of education in New Orleans as well as the United States.