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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: David Relayson
City: Gretna, La
Specific
property
affected:
5500 Paris Ave
Comments: I feel the building should be removed from the site and Holy Cross erect a fountian or prayer garden that acknowledges the SFC parish and church that once stood there.

The ARNO publicly stated that it will not reopen either school or the church. They removed several items of significance from the former church and distributed salvageable furnishings from the schools to other schools in the archdiocese.
A purchaser of any property has the option to back out if the site is not as stated at the time of agreement. It is my understanding that Holy Cross and the ARNO agreed that the sale would be finalized following removal of all buildings on the site. If the church stays then Holy Cross will have the option to seek other locations.

If HC backs out and the ARNO does not refurbish the buildings, how does this community survive? Many have stated that a church or school can anchor this community, but will it resurect with neither?

I passed the site today. It is a shell of what it once was. In fact, the entire city is a shell of its past. Please provide hope to a neighborhood and city in such need of hope.

I don't know if Holy Cross, Gentilly, or New Orleans will thrive or even survive the next 20 years. But I'm certain continued indecision and squabbling on whose opinion is right will never provide the hope this community so desperately needs.