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"Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of Proposed Demolition at Woodlawn High School -7163 LA Highway 39, Braithwaite, Plaquemines Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment"
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Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of Proposed Demolition at Woodlawn High School -7163 LA Highway 39, Braithwaite, Plaquemines Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment


Location Map of Woodlawn High School, Plaquemines Parish
Woodlawn High School, photo taken by FEMA, November 2011
Woodlawn High School, photo taken by FEMA, November 2011
The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Plaquemines Parish. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as a part of its responsibilities under 36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried out by FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5152-5206.

The Plaquemines Parish School Board is requesting that FEMA provide funds to demolish the Woodlawn High School in Braithwaite, LA. The regulations at 36 CFR Part 800 require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any of the properties affected by the proposed project are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; to assess the effects the project will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any potential adverse effects.

FEMA has determined the Woodlawn High School is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places because of its local social and architectural significance. FEMA has also determined the proposed demolition project will result in adverse effects to the historic property and has initiated consultation to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effect. Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on how the project may affect historic properties and ways that these effects may be avoided, minimized, or mitigated.

Comments may be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on February 6, 2012 at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106 or by regular mail.

Additionally, Woodlawn High School is potentially available for purchase. The property requires lead, asbestos, and mold abatement. Parties interested in potential purchase may contact Jim Tideman, Recovery Coordinator for the Plaquemines Parish School Board between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at (616) 437-9977 or by mail at 557 F. Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 for further information.

Mailed comments should be sent to:
FEMA Mail Center
Historic Preservation
1 Seine Court, 1st Floor Mail Room
New Orleans, LA 70114

If mailed, comments and requests must be postmarked by February 21, 2012