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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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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: For those who wish to save the former church, what would be the plan if Holy Cross were to back out of this deal and locate their campus elsewhere? Who would provide the funds to not only repair the church, but to finance all annual expenses? You should be thinking about the possible consequences if the demolition of the building does not proceed.

I am sure the agreement of sale between Holy Cross and the parish was contingent upon approval of Holy Cross' proposed plans. Holy Cross leaves and the community is left with a vacant building and property. Even if enough money is available to renovate the property, who is going to pay in the following decades for upkeep, maintenance, utilities, etc. (especially since the building is no longer a church will funds available from all parishioners and the Archdiocese). I do not want to have to drive-by an abandoned former church everyday.

For those who claim that Holy Cross can simply incorporate it into their plans, who are you to tell them how to develop their new school. I would not want someone telling me the same about the home I am rebuilding. I would have simply said no thanks and purchased a home elsewhere. Additionally, who will pay for all of the expenses associated with the building. Remember once a building is rebuilt it is not self sustaining. You must pay for utilities, upkeep, maintenance, etc. You can not expect for Holy Cross to pay for this, and there are not enough parishioners to cover these expenses (especially since it is no longer a church).

Please allow Holy Cross to proceed with their vision for the property, and allow the former church to be demolished. We can not allow our community to suffer any longer by allowing idealism to outweigh pragmatism.