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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: Thomas Long
City: Lafayette, LA
Specific
property
affected:
St. Frances Cabrini Church
Comments: Add my name to those supporting the Holy Cross project. From 1998 to May 2005 I lived on Chatham Drive and worshipped at Cabrini Church. As a former parishioner, I have nothing but fond memories of the Church and its members.

However, my memories, and the memories of our parishioners, alone are not a sufficient reason to keep a hollowed out and potentially dangerous structure standing. I say structure purposefully as it is no longer a church. Even the archdiocese has no plans to rebuild and restore the structure to a church again.

The proponents of the structure offer no realistic plan for the structure. Even if they had such a plan, where will the money come from?

I was in town recently, and passed by the old house. It seems like every time I pass, there are fewer and fewer homes left standing on my old street. They didn't need a FEMA review to tear their homes down and there's no question that these neighbors felt very strongly about their homes, just as they did the church.

The people who lived in the neighborhood and actually worshipped at Cabrini Church, have it right. As painful as it may seem at present, the future of the neighborhood requires that the structure which once housed Cabrini Church be torn down.

Please do not let the tyranny of the minority stand in the way of this precious neighborhood's renewal.