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 14, 2017 7:30pm
  • Police Report -Downtown District Crime Prevention Sgt. Marx will update the community on crime and safety issues.
  • Transportation update- Wake Forest, Blount, and Person Street- Jason Myers, City of Raleigh Sr. Transportation Planner
  • Comprehensive Plan Update- Hannah Reckhow, City of Raleigh Planning
  • YouthBuild Program- Sharon Taybron, Program Coordinator
Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.
Neighborhood News

Leaf Collection Time!

The annual Leaf collection is upon us. Residents can place leaf piles by the street for pick-up before the scheduled start date for their zone. Putting leaves out on the last scheduled day of leaf collection for their zone will likely not result in them being picked-up. The city will continue to pick-up bagged leaves curb side during regular waste collection. Many residents like to use the leaf mulch so it would be recommended to ask neighbors if they would like your bagged leaves before letting the city take them.

The Mordecai Community falls into zones 8 and 11.

More information on the leaf collection can be found at

If possible, please try and park vehicles off of the street on the week leaf collection happens in your zone. It helps with the collection and will ensure no damage is done to your vehicle!


If you do not know your zone for city services simply enter your address at the form located at

  • Zone 11 is highlighted in yellow. Leaf Collection will begin Thursday November 16. Have leaves to the curb on that morning
  • Zone 8 is highlighted in blue.  Leaf Collection began Monday November 6 and crews are still working in zone 8. 

More info on our website:

Have you contributed to our neighborhood sign fundraiser?

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 or send a message to Thanks.
Contribute NOW!

ADUs (Backyard Cottages) in the NEWS:

Last week, the INDY published an article about Accessory Dwelling Units, better known in our neighborhood as Backyard Cottages.  This has been an ongoing topic in the Mordecai CAC since 2011.  On Wednesday at the November 9 City Council meeting, Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin brought the topic up again to council.  Following that meeting there were several news articles and an editorial in the News & Observer. 

Please read the following articles and read our ADU page on the Mordecai CAC website.   If you have comments or feedback about this ongoing issue, please feel free to contact Philip Bernard, who has led the Mordecai CAC efforts to have our community approved as a pilot area for ADUs.  

*Nov.8 INDY: Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup? 

*Nov. 8 INDY: Raleigh City Council Shoots Down Backyard Cottages- At Least for Now


*Nov. 9 N&O: Raleigh should OK ‘Granny flats’ 

More Info on ADUs

Person Street in the News:

Thanks to Food & Wine for a great article about the #NorthPerson community!  For the latest news and updates from the North Person business district, please follow the Person Street Partnership on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Visit our website:

"Raleigh’s North Person Street runs right past the iconic Krispy Kreme. ... Blocks from the downtown capitol, a less buttoned-up Raleigh is cultivating its entrepreneurial spirit led by an expanding creative class."... read more:

Mordecai CAC October minutes:

  • Mordecai CAC minutes from the Oct. 10, 2017 meeting Co-Chair Damon Vaughn welcomed 27 people in attendance. Each attendee introduced him or herself and gave their costume or Halloween plans.
  • The September minutes were approved. Nominees are still needed for the Co-Chair term when Damon’s term ends. The term is January 2018 through December 2019, the first year serving with the now experienced Aaron. Please reach out to anyone on the leadership team to learn more about the duties, or Nominees will be presented at the November meeting and a vote will be held at the December meeting/holiday social.
  • Police report, Officer Marx Over the last month there have been no commercial robberies, car break-ins were down from 14 to 3, and vandalism incidents were down from 3 to 1.
  • Parks and Rec - Halifax Community Center Community center director, Emily Collins, thanked everyone for coming out to the National Night out event, there was a pretty good turnout. There is a new adult beginning drawing class, sewing workshops for ages 10- 14, and an upcoming Zumbathon.
  • Proposed soccer stadium at the Halifax Mall, Billie Redmond, CEO and President of Trademark Properties Ms. Redmond gave a recent history of the team. The owner of the MLS team, Steve Malik, had these goals when he purchased the Carolina Railhawks in Oct. 2015.
    • 1. Rebrand the team. The team was renamed the NC Football Club.
    • 2. Purchased the national number one women’s soccer team, the Western NY Flash, brought them to NC, and renamed them the Carolina Courage.
    • 3. In December 2016 he made a bid to elevate the team to Major League Soccer (MLS). Part of that bid is the stadium. The MLS will announce two team additions in 2017, and two team additions in 2018. Eleven teams have submitted bids. The proposed stadium will have 22,000 seats, be seven stories tall, have a translucent roof, parking underneath, and a 300 room hotel, office space, and apartments.
    • 4. Merge CASL and TFCA creating NCFCY creating the largest youth to professional soccer club in the country. Our area now has national recognition as a soccer community. The stadium is contingent on the MLS decision.
  • Committee Reports:
  • Person Street Partnership, Philip Bernard. A current focus is on the future of currently zoned business properties along Wake Forest road.
  • Water/Sewer Work,Dana Deaton gave a street work update. They expect to wrap up the work on Harding in mid-November then begin Watauga, starting at Wake Forest Road and moving toward Glascock. The Holden St project is up to Watauga now, next is the section between Elm and Bloodworth. Water lines are being replaced first, then sewer lines, then last the homes are hooked up.
  • Signage Update, Sean Farres stated that enough money has been raised, including two grants from the city, to replace the two neighborhood signs. Once the signs are in place the community is responsible for upkeep.
  • Neighborhood Community Specialist Michelle Bandklayder said the City of Raleigh Community Engagement Division now has a facebook and instagram presence. Please go and like them!
  • The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday November 14th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center. 

Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council 

The Mordecai CAC is one of 19 CACs in the City of Raleigh.

The Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council provides a means for citizens to participate in the city’s decision-making process. 

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

View the city MCAC newsletter 

Learn about CACs | Zoning and Development

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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