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:

Go Vote, then Join us Tuesday, October 10!

  • Police Report -Downtown District Crime Prevention Sgt. Marx will update the community on crime and safety issues.
  • Major League Soccer Stadium Downtown Raleigh- Billie Redmond, CEO/President of TradeMark Properties will present
  • Street Update- Holden and Harding
  • Mordecai Signs Update
Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.
Neighborhood News


Voter Information

October 25 Planting Project

The Mordecai Parks Committee and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department have set the date for our FIRST planting project! We will meet at Poplar St Park at 8 am on Wednesday, October 25th, to begin the restoration phase of our master plan. We will have many plants to install, but most of them will be small (think quart sized) and will include shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. (And at least one tree.) 

Some of the new arrivals we will be planting:
Callicarpa (beautyberry)
Chasmanthium (river oats)
Asclepias (milkweed)
Vaccinium (blueberry)
Vernonia (ironweed)
Xanthorriza (yellowroot)
Carex (sedge)
…and others!
As usual, staff will provide tools, water, gloves and a kit with sunscreen, bug spray and first aid kit. Staff will be on site prior to the planting to have all the plants. 

If you would like to get involved with the Mordecai Parks Committee,  please email Joe and Sarah at

Construction Project Updates

Water/Sewer Projects:  Frank, Harding, and Holden Streets
Crews began work in East Mordecai and in Oakdale in June, and if you've driven by Frank or Holden Streets lately you've seen that they are still very busy.  The water and sewer mains are being replaced in many older Raleigh neighborhoods, and these Mordecai CAC streets have 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, and Holden Street residents for a few more months.

An update for Holden Street was emailed on September 28:

Following is an update on Harding/Frank Streets: 

Progress so far
  • Frank Street is complete. Hopefully everyone is experiencing better water quality/pressure.
Upcoming work
  • Park Construction is progressing with the waterline installation on Harding Street towards Wake Forest Road.
  • Due to the configuration of existing utilities, the waterline on Harding Street has to be installed first and then the sewer main can be installed.
  • Water service transitions are happening as the main is being installed.  Customers will be notified at least 48 hours prior to a service outage. 
  • The contractor anticipates completing the construction on Harding Street during the first/second week of November. From there, they will transition to Watauga Street.
  • Regarding Watauga Street, there are a couple of areas on Watauga Street that will not have sanitary sewer construction, just water (specifically in between Frank Street & Harding Street). Waterline will be installed on Watuaga Street from Wake Forest Road to Glascock Street.
More Info (video)

Have you contributed to our neighborhood sign fundraiser?

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 October 10 or send a message to Thanks.
Contribute NOW!

Mordecai CAC September minutes:

Mordecai CAC minutes from the September 12, 2017 meeting: Co-Chair Aaron Afarian welcomed 21 people in attendance.

Aaron noted that we still need nominees 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.

The June 2017 meeting minutes were approved (the Mordecai CAC does not meet in July and August).

Police report, Officer Taylor Good news, several people were taken into custody for car break-ins. The bad news is that most car break-ins are done by juveniles ages 11-16, taking advantage of what people have left out to be taken. They are not off the streets for long.
 Ninety percent of cars broken into are unlocked.
 Driveway vs. street parking doesn't seem to matter.
 The keyfob bypass system you may have read about has not been seen in our area.
Body worn camera update: RPD plans to roll out 200 cameras over three years. Your footage can be accessed at the Raleigh Dept. of Internal Affairs on Six Forks Rd.

Parks and Rec Josh, the Mordecai historic Park manager, gave several updates. The Halloween Haunted Festival will have carnival games, a costume contest, a presentation of paranormal activity from the Ghost Guild of NC, and the haunted trolley. The festival is on October 28th and is $5. The trolley will be $10 and will run on the 21st, 27th, and 28th. Tickets usually sell out; they can be purchased online, at the front desk, or by calling 919-996-4464.

Accessory Dwelling update (aka backyard cottages), Philip Bernard
The public comments portion showed two points of view. First; the regulations as proposed are adequate, second; the regulations as proposed are inadequate. The proposal has been referred to the Growth and Natural Resources committee headed by Councilwoman Crowder. Councilman Stephenson is also on the committee.

The RCAC Recognition Award vote results Raleigh City Farm 5 votes Stanbury and Escazu 1 vote Oak City Cycling - Congratulations! 3 votes (+3 online) MCAC Parks Committee 3 votes (+ 1 online) Chad McIntyre 2 votes (+ 2 online) Yellow Dog 1 vote (+ 1 online) Kim Gazella has graciously offered to write up the nomination form.
The ceremony will be held on Wednesday October 18th.

Committee Reports
Person Street Partnership, Philip Bernard. Oakwood Pizza Box is now open. The O2 fitness building on Person Street is for lease, and the PSP is working with them to say what tenant we do and don’t want. The next PSP meeting will be in early October.

The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday October 10th, 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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