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Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-year Floodplain
This is to give notice of the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) and New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) proposed activity within a 100-year Floodplain. OCD/NORA intends to carry out actions which may affect or be affected by the 100-year flood plain and seeks to involve the public in the decision-making process.
OCD/NORA is proposing to utilize United State Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD funding, for faade improvements to a single-story structure located at 3510-18 General Meyer Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana that encompasses approximately 34,700 square feet (sf) of interior space. The project includes facade renovation of a 34,688 square foot, single-story commercial building zoned in the Suburban Pedestrian-Oriented Business District. The property is occupied by General Meyer Pharmacy and General Meyer Medical Clinic. These businesses will remain at this location post-renovation. The following is proposed for the project: remove existing fascia, gutters, leaders, and standing seam awning, remove existing standing seam metal mansard, roof, new fiberglass cornice and break metal soffit, new recessing downlights, new spot lighted signage, new windows and door, paint exterior, make existing sign operable, new shake style shingled mansard roof.
In accordance with the Executive Order 11988, OCD/NORA has estimated that a portion of the improvements will be within the 100-year floodplain. OCD/NORA will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locate the action within the floodplain, as required by EO 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands.
In accordance with the Executive Order 11990, OCD/NORA has determined that the project is not likely to impact wetlands, as the activities will be restricted to the existing developed project site. A notification has been submitted for this project to the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of the environmental review process.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplains, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by OCD/NORA at the following address on or before August 31, 2022: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, 1409 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113. Attn: Sharon Danjuma. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:30 am to 5pm at 1409 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.