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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Seeking Public Comment NHPA/NEPA1 :
Recovery School District Refurbishments to Agnes L. Bauduit Elementary School
3649 Laurel Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Seeking Public Comment NHPA/NEPA1 :
Recovery School District Refurbishments to Agnes L. Bauduit Elementary School
3649 Laurel Street, New Orleans, Louisiana


Baudit Elementary School
Bauduit ES
3649 Laurel Street, New Orleans, LA
Bauduit School located at arrow
Bauduit School located at arrow
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As part of the School Facilities Master Plan, the Recovery School District is requesting that FEMA provide funds1 to refurbish parts of the Bauduit School. Bid alternates calls for the removal and replacement of all existing wood windows and the main entry door. Excavations associated with the work will cause limited ground disturbance.

Federal regulations require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any historic properties will be affected; to assess the effect on historic properties; to look for ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects; and to evaluate the proposed action's potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment.3

Bauduit School was designed by E.A. Christy, in the Classical Revival style and constructed in 1912 as Francis T. Nicholls Industrial School for Girls. Since 2010 it has been known as the ReNEW Accelerated High School. FEMA has determined that it is historic as a contributing element within the Uptown New Orleans National Register Historic District. If RSD elects to replace the existing wood windows and/or the main entry doors, the Undertaking will result in an Adverse Effect to Historic Properties. FEMA has determined that this project may affect archaeological historic properties.

FEMA is working to resolve this adverse effect, including following the Secretary of Interior Standards (http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/rehab/stand.htm) to the fullest extent possible to minimize this adverse effect. To help develop a course of action for this project, FEMA is requesting input by May 24, 2015 from any member of the public on ways to avoid or minimize the replacement of the windows and main entry door and any ideas on how mitigate the adverse effects to this historic building.

Comments can be posted at: http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/
Or mailed to: FEMA Mail Center/Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Post your comments soon - all comments must be posted or postmarked by May 24, 2015.

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1Caused by the 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.

2In 2009, FEMA, RSD, Orleans Parish School Board, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation entered into a Secondary Programmatic Agreement in order to fulfill FEMA's responsibilities under Section 106 of the NHPA and 36 CFR Part 800 regarding the implementation of the School Facilities Master Plan, which will be funded with assistance from FEMA and other Federal agencies.

3Historic properties are either listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. FEMA is required to follow the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (NEPA regulations, 43 FR 55978 [1978]) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed of and take into account environmental considerations when authorizing or approving major FEMA actions that may significantly affect the environment of the United States. It is the intent of NEPA that federal agencies encourage and facilitate public involvement to the extent practicable in decisions that may affect the quality of the environment. More information on NEPA and FEMA's Alternative Arrangements process can be found on FEMA's web page at: https://www.fema.gov/new-orleans-metropolitan-area-infrastructure-projects-6