Join the MCAC on Tuesday, June 13. Wake Forest Road/ Person/ Blount St. traffic project presentation, Capital Blvd Construction presentation, Raleigh Fire Dept, and more!

June 2017 Announcements

Join us for our monthly community meeting-

Tuesday, June 13,
7:30pm at the Mordecai Visitors Center


  • Police Report -Downtown District Crime Prevention Sgt. Marx will update the community on crime and safety issues.
  • Wake Forest Rd/Person St/Blount St traffic project presentation, Mary-Ann Baldwin
  • Raleigh Fire Department- Fire and Life Safety
  • Capital Blvd Construction work presentation- Eric Lamb, Transportation Planning
  • Gables Motor Lodge preservation efforts vote
  • 2017-2018 budget approval vote
  • Awards and grants nominee discussion   
*Please note that this is a very full agenda. Please plan to meet until 8:45.
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Please attend the Mordecai Community Picnic on June 25!

  • Sunday, June 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Mordecai Historic Park
It’s time to meet your neighbors at the 35th annual Mordecai Community Picnic! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your favorite salad or side dish and relax during the 4:30-5:30 p.m. social hour. We'll enjoy live music under the shady trees before digging into some fried chicken and tasty potluck dishes. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event. We’ll have the neighborhood play wagon there with plenty of fun activities for the kids! In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Hope Elementary School, 1116 N. Blount Street. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Picnic Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or  
Please click here to RSVP on our NextDoor event page. 

May 9 minutes: 

Co-Chair Damon Vaughn led the meeting this month. Twenty four people were in attendance. The April meeting minutes were approved.

Police report Downtown District Crime Prevention Officer Taylor reported that five juveniles were taken into custody for car breakins. In the last month there were four car break-ins, all unlocked. There were two robberies, one commercial and one a motorcycle from the back of a truck. He mentioned that there are still open positions in the Raleigh Police Department and there are also availabilities for volunteers.

Parks and Rec Report, Chris Moore, Halifax Community Center They are getting ready for summer camps; he requested that we please stay off the fields.

Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Jimmy Thiem (919-921-5547) Mr. Thiem spoke about the Gables Motel Lodge preservation efforts. There once were many homes/boarding housetype places where people stayed, they were a predecessor to motels. There will be a Landmark Study, which evaluates and documents architecture and history of the site. The lodge is currently unoccupied. Use as a lodge is a nonconforming use, which means that if a new owner does not use it as a lodge within one year from its last use as a lodge, the nonconforming status will be lost. The MCAC made a motion with the wording below for a vote during the June meeting. "The Mordecai CAC fully supports a landmark study of The Gables Motor Lodge located on Wake Forest Road within the boundary of the CAC and also supports any efforts in preserving the historic property and contributing structures."

MCAC Budget The $1000 provided each fiscal year from the city will be allocated as follows if approved by vote during the June meeting.
  • Annual Newsletter $300
  • Picnic $300
  • Nat. Night Out/ice cream social
  • $100 Person Street Partnership
  • $75 CAC communications/promotions
  • $100 Holiday Social
  • $125 The yard sale proceeds of
  • $273 from donated items will be applied to the two new neighborhood signs.
The city has appointed a Community Engagement Board to form a task force to evaluate the structure of community engagement. One proposal that has been made is that twelve CECs, or Community Engagement Councils, replace the current nineteen CACs. This would require the Mordecai CEC to grow substantially in geographical area. The proposal includes how zoning communication is done. Committee Reports ·

Person Street Partnership, Philip Bernard- Phase I of the Person Blount Wake Forest corridor project was funded but is delayed by the NCDOT being behind. It is now scheduled to begin in September. Phase I includes the Wake Forest Road diet; two lanes with two bike lanes and a center turn lane. Person and Blount will be repaved. The corridor study extends from the Circus burger south to Hoke St.

Michelle Bandklayder, Community Specialist with Housing and Neighborhood Department, reminded us to take advantage of city benefits from being on the neighborhood registry. Some of the benefits are neighborhood improvement funds to purchase things like Community Watch Signs, festival assistance, snow cone, popcorn, and cotton candy machines available to borrow, and support for projects like neighborhood tree planting projects. They are working on verifying and updating registered neighborhood contacts information.

The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday June 13th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center. City representatives will be there to talk about the Capital Boulevard project. The MCAC meets ten months of the year, taking July and August off.


NEW SIGNS for Mordecai- 
Please pitch in a few dollars

Our sign committee has been working hard get new welcome signs for the Mordecai Community. They'll be located in the medians on Wake Forest Road where the old wooden signs are now. Please contribute a few dollars to our campaign! If you'd prefer to write a check feel free to bring it to the CAC meeting on June 13, the picnic on June 25, or send a message to Thanks.

Click here to contribute $$ NOW!

East Mordecai Construction Update- neighborhood meeting to be held Thursday, June 15, 7pm.

Crews from Park Construction began work in East Mordecai on June 9. The water and sewer mains are being replaced in many older Raleigh neighborhoods, and this section of Mordecai has been on the schedule for some time. This is much needed and appreciated infrastructure work but it will have a big impact on Frank, Harding, Watauga, and Clifton Street residents over the next few months.

The crews will complete Frank Street first and then through the summer move to Harding, Watauga, and sections of Clifton. This is MAJOR work and will take all summer and possibly fall. Work will be from 7am-5:30 each day. It will be loud as crews are digging up the streets. Neighbors need to park their cars in driveways or down the street to keep out of the way. Please limit parking in the street as much as possible, as it will allow for construction to be completed sooner. 

The sewer lines will be replaced first. Local traffic will be allowed on one side of the street so people can access their homes. Each night the work area will be filled with dirt to allow traffic. 

After the sewer lines are replaced then the water mains will be installed on the opposide side of the street. The lines will be thoroughly tested, and eventually they will be hooked up to houses. Crews will work to the edge of the curb. (They won't dig up yards). When completed, residents will have much better water pressure and water quality. 

Park Construction and the City of Raleigh said to thank neighbors in advance for their patience during this construction project!

An information meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 7pm. Location is being determined and will be announced at the June 13 CAC meeting and on social media. Please email to RSVP or to get more information.  


Second Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center
1101 Wake Forest Road

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