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, November 13, 2018,  7:30pm at the Mordecai Visitors Center
  • Police Report
  • Parks and Recreation Report 
  • Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy- Public Utilities
  • 100th Birthday Celebration for neighbor and former MCAC leader Dan Sears!

    *Volunteers needed for Co-Chair position, Nomination Committee, and other leadership roles! Interested citizens can reach out to the Co-Chairs for more information. (
Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.


It's Leaf Collection Time!

Raleigh City Wide Leaf Collection Starts Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Please have leaves piled at the curb before November 13th. This is the first round of two, the Mordecai Community 2nd round of leaf collection will be around Christmas time.

More info here:

Good News about the Gables

The City Council public hearing for the Gables Lodge zoning was on November 6.  The Gables zoning PD application passed unanimously! Congratulations to Tift Merritt and Daniel Robinson. Thank you City Council, and thanks to Mordecai neighbors who turned out in support of this historic renovation project. 

More info/mailing list signup here:

"Beating Blight"​ along North Person Street

Thanks to former MCAC Co-chair Reid Serozi for this great article about the transformation of the old barbershop, and the beginning of community efforts to revitalize the North Person Business District.  This is the story about how a remarkable group of citizens and local businesses acting as change agents transformed blight into something special for everyone – the future location of Crawford and Son newest restaurant, a French bistro named Jolie.

If you'd like to get involved with continued Person Street revitalization, please join the Person Street Partnership!

MCAC Parks Committee update:

New plantings around the Mordecai signs! Big thanks MCAC Parks Committee members Philip Bernard, Bill DuPre, Beck Hayes, Sarah Roholt and Joe Layton for their hard work on November 4. They planted 20 flats of plant material around the new Mordecai Signs! The Parks committee will take responsibility for watering and maintenance.

On October 16, the group planted Bee Balm, Blazing Stars, Ironweed and Coneflower in the Poplar Springs park The plants were well watered and mulch was applied. Check the new plants and the other 54 that were planted last year on your next visit. A large thank you to Leigh with the City of Raleigh in coordinating with the nursery and acquiring all plants!

Thanks to the Parks Committee for their time and commitment in making our community a better place to live and grow. If you would like to get involved with the Parks Committee, their next work day will be held on November 15. They will be doing shrub and tree planting next month. Contact Joe and Sarah at if you'd like to be added to the Parks Committee volunteer list.

Mordecai CAC minutes from the October 9, 2018

Co-Chairs Sean Farres and Aaron Afarian welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were 35 people in attendance, and the September minutes were approved.

Police Report
Officer Marx said crime was down a bit over the last month. There was one vehicle theft, left unlocked with key fob in car. There was one residential burglary on Glascock in which a known suspect was arrested. Officer Marx described a new firearm reduction strategy with partnerships with communities to limit gun violence. He advised that residents write down the serial numbers of valuables.

Parks and Rec 
City representative Michelle Bandklayder noted new adult fitness classes at the Halifax Community Center for only $8 per month. Class examples are Adults in Motion, Gentle Floor Yoga, and Chair yoga.

Blount Person Corridor Plan update, Jason Myers, Raleigh Senior Transportation Planner
Construction bids for Phase I opened on the day of this meeting. A brief summary of Phase I is changing Wake Forest Road to two travel lanes, a center turn lane, and bike lanes on each side. Repaving from Edenton Street north, a crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge at Frank Street on Wake Forest Road, and curb ramps are included. There will be changes to parking, both removals and additions.
Question: What about bike access from Watkins to Whitaker Mill? A: This is a separate project, but it is on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) radar.
Question: Must scooters use bike lanes? A: The company that makes them advises that they be used in bike lanes.

Conn Elementary Update Marcella S. Rorie, BEDA B. Arch, Senior Facility Planner with WCPSS
Conn Elementary will be razed and rebuilt. The time frame is June 2019 through Fall 2020, with a 528 student (slight increase) student capacity, and at a $42M price tag. Students will be in a swing space off of Spring Forest Road during this time. They will be increasing bus and car stacking capacity on the campus, and the main entrance will be aligned with Frank Street. There will be separate car and bus entrances.

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.

Oaks and Spokes is having a Fall Festival with a commuter challenge running from October 12th through the 26th. This newsletter will not be out before then, so we hope you were able to enjoy it!

The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday November 13th, 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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