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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Seeking Public Comment NHPA/NEPA1
Louisiana Facility Planning and Control (FP&C)
Renovations to the Shreveport State Office Building
1521 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana
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Seeking Public Comment NHPA/NEPA1
Louisiana Facility Planning and Control (FP&C)
Renovations to the Shreveport State Office Building
1521 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana


Site of Shreveport State Office Building, 1521 Fairfield Avenue, Google Maps 2018
Site of Shreveport State Office Building, 1521 Fairfield Avenue, Google Maps 2018
Main entrance to Shreveport State Office Building on Fairfield Avenue FEMA 2017
Main entrance to Shreveport State Office Building on Fairfield Avenue, FEMA 2017
Louisiana Facility Planning and Control is requesting that FEMA provide funds to renovate the interior and exterior of the Shreveport State Office Building. The proposed scope of work includes replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment, roofing, interior finishes, alterations to meet ADA accessibility guidelines, waterproofing, installation of window tint, demolition of former guard shed to the slab, and repairs to retaining wall and fencing. There are no ground-disturbing activities associated with this project

Federal regulations require FEMA, as funding agency, to identify if any of the properties are historic properties (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effects the project 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.

FEMA has determined that the Shreveport State Office Building is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criterion C for architecture as an example of a well-known local architect (Neild and Somdal Architects) and as a well-preserved example of an Art Deco with Moderne styling and International Style. FEMA has determined that elements of the proposed scope of work may result in an Adverse Effect to Historic Properties.

FEMA proposes to mitigate the adverse effects through Standard Mitigation Measures (Design Review; and Recordation of Standing Structures, if it is not feasible to avoid adverse effects through design review) in accordance with Stipulation II.C.6.a of 2016 Louisiana Statewide PA. 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.

FEMA requests comments by March 31, 2018 from any member of the public on this proposal.

Comments can be posted at this website: https://www.crt.state.la.us/dataprojects/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 March 31, 2018.


1 Caused 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.