3319-21 Iberville Street [map]
This building was been proposed for demolition by FEMA. Since it’s in a historic district (Mid-City, my neighborhood) FEMA “requested the aid of the public in identifying alternatives to demolition.”
So I wrote to FEMA back in November and helped them identify some “alternatives.”
And, wonder of wonders, FEMA removed it from their demolition list.
Now, I learn from the Squandered Heritage website that the owners are applying to the Historic Conservation District Review Committee to demolish the house:
MID CITY: 3319-21 Iberville – Herbert Carver, owner. City of New Orleans, FEMA funded demolition (voluntary demolition). Demolition of a bracket-style double shotgun. No redevelopment plan submitted.
I’m not an expert, but it appears to me that this house could be renovated and made habitable for less cost than demolishing and building something new. I suspect the property owner merely plans to demolish. After all, the HCDRC agenda says, “No redevelopment plan submitted.”
But then the agenda also says the demolition is to be “FEMA funded.” That’s confusing to me, because FEMA wrote me in February to say this property was being removed from the demolition list.
The owner hasn’t even taken the basic step of removing the flooded contents after almost two years:
The house could have been gutted by now. There are numerous groups that do it for free.
According to the city’s website, this property has been reported for the following violations of the “Good Neighbor” program:
- Grass/weed overgrowth – Trash/debris accumulation
- Unsanitary conditions (animals) - Storage of junk, materials and/or inoperable vehicles
- High weeds - Trash/debris
- Open doors and windows (unboarded) - Rats and/or mice
- Needs to be cleaned and gutted - House not gutted
- Rats or mice observed - Rodent droppings observed
- Rodent burrows observed - Trash/flowerpots holding water
When are property owners going to be held to account?