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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: Gary Sarrat, Jr
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
5610 Chamberlain Dr
Comments: My parents were married in that church, I was baptized and confirmed there. My Grandparents build and lived in one of the first houses in the Vista Park neighborhood, and I plan on rebuilding my home there as well. Most of our homes pre-dated the church by a few years, yet our district has never been confused with a historical district.
This is more about architecture than it is history and people. ALthough architecturally interesting, SFC church was an economic albatross, that was too costly to operate and maintain. I am 35 years old and have lived in Vista Park my entire life. I do nto see how a chuch that is only a few years older then me can be considered a "Historical landmark." Tearing the church down (as is teh wish of the Archdiocese, Parishoners, and residents) will allow Holy Cross to jumpstart actual progress in our neighborhood, and represent some real re-investment into Katrina's wasteland. Allowing the curch to stay, for sny reason, will allow a blighted monstrosity to rot, serving as a reminder of all that is wrong with New Orleans. Please allow the demo to continue, so we can hel pHoly Cross, The Archdiocese, the residents of the immediate area, and the city as a whole.