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Moving homes makes sense
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Re: “Mayor seeks to pause home razing,” Metro, June 24.
Kudos to Mayor Mitch Landrieu for stopping the demolition of the Mid-City neighborhood and redirecting money ($3.2 million) to relocate up to 100 historic homes that lie within the VA hospital’s footprint.
Many of these homes were built in the early 20th century and fully renovated since Hurricane Katrina. They will blend into the neighborhood seamlessly when deposited onto empty Mid-City lots, making the American dream of home ownership a reality for eligible families.
As the mayor said: “We are a city that prides itself on its culture, architectural and historic neighborhoods and we are committed to preserving those elements which make our city a national treasure.” His words are music to our ears at Louisiana Landmarks Society, and to the ears of neighborhood associations and preservation organizations everywhere.
Finally we have the leadership of a mayor who “gets it.” Three-point-two-million “thank-yous.”
Louisiana Landmarks Society
June 25, 2010
STATEMENT BY MAYOR LANDRIEU ON VA FOOTPRINT HOMES
Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement on the moving of residential properties in the VA footprint:
“Earlier this week, I demanded that the state halt demolitions of historic properties in the VA footprint. They agreed to temporarily halt demolitions of properties identified as historic by the State Historic Preservation Office.
“Today, we have reached an agreement, in principle, with Builders of Hope, to facilitate the moving of up to 100 residential properties in VA footprint.
“To pay for this program, we will reprogram $3.2 million of the $79 million provided to the state for site acquisition.
“Builders of Hope will continue its work with local organizations such as Providence, St. Bernard Project, Louisiana Land Trust and Jericho Road to bring these homes back into commerce throughout the city.
“We are a city that prides itself on its culture, architecture, and historic neighborhoods, and we are committed to preserving those elements which make our city a national treasure.
“Builders of Hope has committed to move these homes expeditiously and keep the VA hospital project on track.”