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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: Rick Orillion
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
St Francis Cabrini Church
Comments: There is only one real issue here, other than the outside of the building is atrocious looking. (Looks like a box with a baseball cap). I have heard the church is a historical building because it was the first church built in the style of Vatican II. You have the right to designate it so, however, you cannot make the Archdiocese of New Orleans fix the building and continue to operate it as a church. That would be totally outside of property rights. If that is the case then, the Diocese can sell the building to who ever it wants who can then turn it into anything, such as an office building, etc. If that happens then the Vatican II argument becomes moot in this case. The people fighting for the building want it to remain a Catholic Church and you, FEMA, cannot force the diocease to do so. If you rule and say it cannot be torn down, the supportors of the building will be upset when it becomes a sandwich shop or even an Assembly of God church. Both parties will lose. Also, zoning laws are not FEMA's or the Historical Society's job.

The right to demolish the building should be retained by the owner. Holy Cross should be allow to build its project and revitalize the area with the entire site having a cohesive look.