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, June 12, 2018,  7:30pm
  • Police Report -Downtown District Crime Prevention 

  • Vote on 2018 Budget 

  • Gables Lodge Presentation

  • Zoning Committee-led Q&A on Gables Lodge

  • Vote on Gables Lodge rezoning case Z-14-18

  • Any other business

Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.

Singer Tift Merritt and Durham hotelier team up to re-open historic Raleigh lodge

The historic Gables Motel Lodge on Old Wake Forest Road has potentially found new owners to re-open it to guests again.

Hotel developer Daniel Robinson and musician Tift Merritt are under contract to buy the lodge, Robinson said. The two are currently exploring how they will rejuvenate the motel, a process that requires them to get a zoning change for the property.

*The Gables FAQ, contact information, and links are online here:

*The MCAC Zoning Committee has a new resource page. Visit it for updates and links on the Gables and other zoning issues:


Summer MCAC Schedule:

The MCAC does not meet in July and August. We will see you back on September 11 for our next regular meeting. We have three special events in the summer- please join us and meet your neighbors!

June 24: Mordecai CAC Picnic at the Mordecai Historic Park, details below.

July 4: Neighborhood 4th of July Parade through Pilot Mill 
Decorate your bikes and strollers! This fun family parade will start at 10:30am at the intersection of Harp and Cedar Streets. We will march down Harp Street and back up Blount Street to the Mordecai Mini Park. Then we will enjoy time at the park for festive snacks and play time. There will be snow-cones, popcorn and cotton candy machines! 

August 7: National Night Out/Ice Cream Social, Halifax Community Center. Don’t miss this community event featuring ice cream, games, and snacks. Meet neighbors and visit with our community police officers. Details to be announced!
Neighborhood News

The next PSP Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 5th from 5:15 to 6:30pm on the main floor of the NC AIA Building on Peace Street across from William Peace University.

The agenda includes

  • an update and comments on the neighborhood parking "pilot" permit program.
  • Tift Merritt, will comment on the Gables Lodge project and answer questions.
  • Tina Govan will lead a discussion about an initiative to encourage neighbors to walk and bike to Person Street.

If you have questions about the new parking program around North Person Street, you are also invited to attend the PSP walking tour on Thursday, June 7 at 6pm.  Information is posted on the website:

36th Annual
Mordecai Potluck & Picnic

Sunday, June 24

Soon it will be time to meet your neighbors at the 36th annual Mordecai Community Picnic! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your favorite salad or side dish and join us on the lawn at the Mordecai Historic Park on June 24, 4:30-6:30pm. 

Relax during the 4:30-5:30 social hour. We'll enjoy live music under the shady trees before digging into some BBQ (courtesy of Temple Baptist Church) 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!

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Picnic Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or


Get your ADU-cation! 

Join your fellow citizens to learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADU's. Charles Dillard, who helped manage the research and development of this program for the City of Raleigh, will speak about what these housing units are, and how they can help solve some of the issues our growing city is facing. This informational event is organized by Mary Sell and Travis Bailey. Attend and contribute to the discussion!

Where: Stag's Head, 106 Glenwood
When: June 11, 5:30PM - 7PM

Please register here. 

ADU information on the MCAC website here. 


The Nextdoor Mordecai Community private social networking site is open to anyone living or owning property within the MCAC area. 
Please sign up now at

The Mordecai Nextdoor Community needs TWO new neighborhood leads. If you are interested in getting involved, please email

*If you are a Nextdoor user, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines.

Mordecai CAC May 8 minutes:

Co-Chair Sean Farres welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were 45 people in attendance, and the April minutes were approved.

Police Report
Officer Taylor says LOCK YOUR CARS! Do not leave guns in cars. Gun locks are available for free upon request from the RPD.

Parks and Rec
Chris Moore from the Halifax Community Center reported that pilates classes begin June 1st, and HIT (high intensity training) classes also start in June.

UE Local 150, North Carolina Public Service Workers Union
A pair of representatives briefly mentioned this annual statewide week of political action, May 21-25, and provided a handout. 919-231-2660,

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
- Robert L. Massengill, P.E., Public Utilities Director
As Mr. Lopez said last month, Mr. Massengill reiterated that grease is never to be disposed of down the drain.

An overview of this regional system was presented. The system has 200,000 customers, 92% are residential, which accounts for 65% of usage. The unit that our water use is measured in, ccf, is equal to 100 ft3 (cubic feet), which equates to 748 gallons. The average home uses about 5 ccf (3740 gallons) per month. A gallon of tap water costs 1.5¢, for an average of about $1.88 per day. There are 2400 miles of distribution pipe, and 2400 miles of sewer pipe. That is enough pipe to take you to Las Vegas and back. The system dates back to 1887, and there are some pipes from 1890 still in service in the City Market area.

Parking Pilot Program Update - Sarah Dewitt

The pitot program for the area around The Station, in the works for a couple of years, is now in place. It will be in place for about one year, then it will go back before City Council for review. One third to one fourth of all spots have been marked for residents during certain time slots (one per resident). Signatures of seventy percent of residents per block are required to get on the pilot program, which covers Pace St. on both sides of Person, Person St., and Franklin. Residents pay $20/year for the spot. There was a question about what measures will be evaluated to determine a success of the pilot program. The answer was that it was to be the parking department’s decision.

The Gables Motel Update - Tift Merritt and Daniel Robinson

The rezoning filing was submitted on the day of this meeting. They plan to keep the R6 height requirements to restrict over development by future owners.  They stated that privacy is a concern for adjacent property owners, and that there may be a 10’ fence on those two sides. They are considering recreating the original Yellow Gables sign, which is smaller than the existing sign, and would increase sight for drivers.  They would like to move the parking canopy if it is good enough shape to be moved. A question was asked about event space. There will be no amplified music or commercial kitchen, however, yes, for small events of about 25-30 people in about 600 ft2.

The zoning application is available for viewing on the city website within a few days of filing. A motion was made, and seconded, to support the zoning application. A vote will be conducted at the June meeting.  (note: Zoning application and information was added to the MCAC website:

Committee Updates

Yard Sale/Plant sale - profit of $345. A big thank you was expressed to Emily Alexander (committee co-chair), Dana Deaton (communications chair), and the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center.

Signs - They’re up! There are some reserve funds that could be used for solar lighting and/or plantings.

Picnic - The picnic will be on Sunday June 24th, volunteers are needed for multiple positions and times. Please contact Merrilee Jacobson at

Budget Proposal ($1000 provided by the city)

  • $300 Newsletter
  • $250 Picnic
  • $100 National Night Out/Ice Cream Social
  • $75 Person Street Partnership
  • $100 CAC Communication
  • $125 Holiday Social
  • $50 Yard Sale

A motion was made to accept the proposed budget. A vote will be conducted at the June meeting.

The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday June 12th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor’s Center.

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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