The City of New Orleans has determined that certain residential buildings severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding are a threat to public health and safety and has requested that FEMA provide funds1 to demolish these privately-owned residential buildings that pose such a threat.
Federal regulations require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any of the buildings proposed for demolition are historic (eligible for the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effect the demolition will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.
In previous public notices, FEMA requested the aid of the public to identify buildings with historic significance. In consultation with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), FEMA determined that many of the buildings proposed for demolition are not eligible for the National Register and three properties that are eligible for the National Register. For informational purposes, the addresses of these buildings can be found at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106.
FEMA seeks your input to finding alternatives to demolition for 1925 - 1927 Almonaster Avenue, 2824 Milan Street, and 2647 Saint Ann Street, all proposed for demolition by the City of New Orleans. Anyone who has specific practical information on feasible alternatives to demolition is encouraged to provide this information to FEMA by September 26, 2014. Alternative proposals should include a source of funding for stabilization and/or repairs and the timeframe required to accomplish these actions.
Comments can be posted at: http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/ (this web site)
Or mailed to:
FEMA Mail Center/Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
All comments must be posted or postmarked by September 26, 2014
NOTE: This list has been compiled using the best information available; however the status of these buildings is continually evolving.
1The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish, LA. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the FEMA is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). This notice applies to activities carried out by the Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.§§5152-5206.