U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityFederal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA-1603/1607/1786/1792-DR-LALouisiana Transitional Recovery OfficeFEMA Mail Center 1
floorEnvironmental/Historic Preservation1 Seine CourtNew Orleans, Louisiana 70114
December 29, 2009Reid Nelson, DirectorOffice of Federal Agency ProgramsAdvisory Council on Historic PreservationOld Post Office1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 809Washington, D.C. 20004RE: Section 106 Review Consultation, Hurricane Katrina
Purchase of the Chevron building (935 Gravier St) to house the City of NewOrleans’ operational and administrative functions resulting in the abandonment of NewOrleans City Hall (1300 Perdidio Street)
City of New Orleans
Adverse Effect to Historic PropertiesDear Mr. Nelson:The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated Section 106 review for NewOrleans City Hall in accordance with the “Programmatic Agreement among FEMA, the LouisianaState Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Securityand Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the CaddoNation, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Coushatta Tribeof Louisiana, the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, theQuapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, theTunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation” dated August17, 2009 (
2009 Statewide PA
). The City of New Orleans (Applicant) intends to use FEMA PublicAssistance Program funding to purchase the Chevron building resulting in the abandonment of NewOrleans City Hall (Undertaking)..The scope of the FEMA undertaking includes the purchase of and potential interior renovations tothe Chevron building, located at 935 Gravier Street. The City of New Orleans would move all of the city’s operational and administrative functions to this new facility which would result in theabandonment of City Hall, bounded by Perdido, LaSalle, Poydras Street and Loyola Boulevard.The applicant intends to make the current City Hall building safe and secure, however it is unclearat this time what steps the applicant intends to make to ensure this action.The Area of Potential Effects (APE) is determined to be the footprint of the Chevron Building andthe footprint of City Hall and its garage. The Civil Courts Building, which is attached to the CityHall, is not included in the APE and will remain occupied by the Civil Court function. There are noground disturbing activities proposed for the undertaking at this time. Should the undertakingchange, this APE may be modified based upon any new, submitted scope of work.