Mordecai CAC

the key to strong community 

Please join your neighbors at our monthly community meetings.  The Mordecai CAC meets at 7:30pm in the Visitors Center at the Mordecai Historic Park on the second Tuesday of each month, September-June. Meetings usually last an hour. Meetings are also broadcast on Facebook live when possible, so please tune in on the Mordecai CAC facebook page or watch the recording later.  Meeting highlights:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018,  7:30pm
  • Police Report

  • Parks and Recreation Report

  • Wake Forest Rd. Repaving Status & Project Updates w/Jason Myers

  • Conn Elementary Closing and Renovation Updates w/Marcella S. Rorie, BEDA, B. Arch. WCPSS Senior Facility Planner

Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.

Mordecai CAC September minutes:

Mordecai CAC minutes from the September 11th, 2018 meeting Co-Chairs Sean Farres and Aaron Afarian welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were 36 people in attendance, and the June minutes were approved.

Police Report Offer Taylor said there were three breaks-ins over the previous 30 days. All were forced entry from the rear of the home, during the day, and while residents were out of town. He advised cutting back shrubbery and looking out for your neighbors. Three vehicles, all with keys left inside, were stolen. Three vehicles, with stuff in plain view, were broken in to. Don’t leave yourself exposed. Almost every month a car with keys left inside is stolen within Mordecai.

Parks and Rec - Historic resources and Museum Program Strategic Plan Josh Ingersoll from the Mordecai Historic Park said there is a draft plan that will include the future of the MHP, which will be presented in several sessions. For more information see

Neighborhood Recognition Award Vote Among the nominees below, the Parks Committee won the vote. Congratulations to Sarah Roholt and Joe Layton for heading up this committee and for all that it has accomplished.

  • Person Street Bar
  • Pelagic Beer and Wine
  • Stanbury/Escazu
  • Yellow Dog Bakery
  • Edge of Urge
  • Mary Sell
  • Marlowe Earl
  • MCAC Parks Committee
ADU Update Thomas Barrie, professor of architecture, College of Design, NCSU
After ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) were ruled against for Raleigh four or five years ago, the MCAC came together and petitioned city council to become part of a pilot program to allow ADUs. A 2016 survey showed 75% supported allowing ADUs. The survey can be viewed on the City Planning Department website. The current proposal includes application for a 10 acre minimum overlay district to allow ADUs as an ‘opt-in’ process.

RCAC Bylaws The RCAC, the combined group of CAC chairs, is revising its bylaws which will dictate each CAC’s bylaws. The changes that the MCAC has expressed concern with by written letter are changes in our officer election process and changes in our voting process. Our concerns were not taken into consideration in the proposed changes. The proposed bylaws were on the schedule for discussion at the September meeting, it was not clear whether a vote would be taken at that meeting. The MCAC was prepared to vote no on the proposed new bylaws.

Committee Updates and Miscellaneous news
  • Signs - one of the old signs has been repurposed at a bus station.
  • Birds (scooters) - Stay off the sidewalk, use bike laws, wear a helmet, and dock sensibly.
  • New art project - Pizza on Peace (street island painting).
  • City fire hydrants are now yellow, each city has a different color. Hydrants on private property are still red.
  • A brief mention of Momentum was made by Jessica Mitch, it is a company that trains people for jobs in the technical field. They will be open on First Friday in October with cool tech to play with.

Call for Nominees We need a new co-chair to take Aaron’s place as he completes his two year term. This co-chair will work with Sean Farres as he completes his second year. Also open is a position on the Awards and Grants Committee, which involves filling out and submitting forms for neighborhood improvement grants and the annual Neighborhood Recognition Award.

The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday October 9th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor’s Center.
The Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council met on September 19. On the agenda was  the amended RCAC Bylaws. Members of the Mordecai CAC leadership team are *opposed* to the newly proposed election process. This issue was also discussed at our September MCAC meeting.

Read the bylaws and our letter below. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact Aaron at .

For more information visit

Attention, downtown Raleigh drivers:

The bridge from northbound Capital Boulevard onto westbound Wade Avenue has closed for the next 60 days.

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Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council 

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The Mordecai CAC covers several downtown neighborhoods and includes all residents north of Peace Street and south of Atlantic Avenue, between Brookside and West Street.
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