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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: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: Jefferson, LA
Specific
property
affected:
St. Francis Cabrini Church
Comments: As a Catholic, I'm saddened by the destruction of any Church or any other place of worship. However, this is now a building which simply stands as a shell and serves no purpose to the Archdiocese. I believe it would be in the best interest of this entire community to allow Holy Cross School to build a state of the art campus to continue their mission for another 127+ years. I truly believe that if Holy Cross does not enter this community, the people of this Gentilly area will pack their bags and leave the city, thus leaving 20 acres of blighted property with no hope of recovery which in turn will grow into more blighted property. Think seriously of how long it will take to rebuild this area without a strong and vibrant attraction. and remember, you can't have a Church without "people" to fill it. If this type of architecture was so structurally sound, then why is it the last of this type? We tore down the Rivergate to build a Casino, but we want to leave a building on its present site just to preserve a roof and prevent an educational facility from being built. It's unfortunate that common sense takes second to some foolish protestors who don't have a clue what historical value really means. Seems one of these protestors is a coward - house is up for sale and has already left the city. Wonder what is next project is?