As part of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the City of New Orleans is requesting that FEMA provide funds for subsurface storm drainage improvements and increasing green infrastructure in the St. Roch neighborhood. In this area, the City plans to improve drainage by constructing multi-use green corridors, permeable gravel parking bays, oversized grassed/planted areas along the streets, and drainage improvements such as upgrading subsurface drainage pipes.
Federal regulations require FEMA, a funding agency, to identify if any of the properties are historic (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effects the work will have on historic properties; to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects to historic properties; and to evaluate the proposed action's potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment.
The St. Roch neighborhood is partially located within a portion of the New Marigny Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. FEMA determined this project may adversely affect a remnant of the historic streetcar track at the intersection of North Villere and Mandeville Streets. This project has a low potential to affect historic archaeological properties.
To help develop a course of action for this project, FEMA is requesting your input by September 14, 2016 on ways to avoid or minimize effects of this project on the streetcar track remnant and any ideas on how to mitigate the adverse effects to this historic district.
Comments can be posted at this website: http://www.crt.state.la.us/dataprojects/culturalassets/fema106
Or mail comments to:
FEMA Mail Center/Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.§§5152-5206. FEMA is also required to fulfill the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (NEPA regulations, 43 FR 55978 (1978)) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed and to 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.