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Council Approves Schematic Design for Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center

posted Aug 8, 2012, 9:43 AM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 9:44 AM ]

The Raleigh City Council today approved the design concept for the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center. In March, the City acquired the nearly half an acre of land and a 4,700 square-foot building at 1101 Wake Forest Road to serve as the center. The purchase price was $600,000. The property is adjacent to Mordecai Park.

The visitor center will be used for interpretive displays, offices and educational programs. The building design is intended to be in keeping with the historic context and architectural characters in the surrounding area. The first floor of the property will include a multi-purpose room, a reception area, gift shop, and exhibit galleries. The second floor will be used for archives and employee office space.

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board approved the schematic concept at its July 19 meeting. Construction on the building is expected to be completed in December of 2013.

Mordecai Historic Park: Requesting off-street parking reduction of 31 spaces

posted Jul 26, 2012, 11:11 AM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Aug 6, 2012, 7:30 PM ]

A public hearing on the following case will be held by the RALEIGH BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT on Monday, August 13, 2012, beginning at 1:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building located at 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raleigh Board of Adjustment Agenda

We [City of Raleigh] are requesting off-street parking reduction of 31 spaces. We are requesting minimal modification to the existing transitional yard conditions. Due to existing property conditions, we are not able to meet the off-street parking and transitional protective yard requirements.

1. Parking

The original Master Plan for the Mordecai Historic Park, adopted by City Council in August 1968, identified alternative locations for the interpretive center on Mordecai Historic Park with parking spaces on Mimosa Street for the Park and the interpretive center. In the early 1970’s, City of Raleigh Planning Department installed 34 parking spaces on Mimosa Street to accommodate the parking needs of the park per Council direction. Parks and Recreation staff has since been maintaining these parking spaces including repaving, restriping, cleaning and plowing. These spaces are not maintained by Public Works Street Division.

The 1989 Council-adopted master plan for the park included a 5,000+/- square-foot visitor center to be used for interpretive displays, offices and educational programs, and support spaces. The master plan recommended 3 off-site alternative locations for the interpretive center, all of which were not owned by the city at that time.

In 2011, Parks and Recreation staff and project consultant went through a master plan amendment process and reviewed the alternative locations identified by the previous master plans. A draft location was proposed on the Mordecai Historic Park property. This location was reviewed with Zoning staff and received positive feedback in terms of zoning compliance. However, this location, along with other potential alternatives on the park property, received tremendous criticism from the community. At the end of the public participation process, the property at 1101 Wake Forest Road became available and was supported by the Council and overwhelmingly by the community to be used as the interpretive center. The historic house on the property (c. 1913) is a contributing structure to the Mordecai Place National Register Historic District and is located across Cedar Street from the Park.

The Interpretive Center will not introduce new uses to the park. All the program elements in the proposed center building are currently accommodated in the existing historic structures and on the grounds of the park. The uses currently contained within the historic structures in the Park will be relocated to the Interpretive Center to allow the historic structures to be fully restored and exhibited as artifacts.

The original purpose of building the interpretive center was for the conservation of the historic park. Currently some of the historic buildings and spaces are used for storage and operation. 2 of the 3 original buildings are not on tour. 3 rooms in the Mordecai House are not open. One relocated building is used as an office and not open to public. Recreation staff has plans to restore and display the Mordecai House and other historic structures for their intended use. With this new interpretive center, we will have an opportunity to consolidate the visitor experience and better showcase the historic buildings on the park

The Interpretive Center is required to provide 33 parking spaces (existing 34 on Mimosa St.) per Zoning Section 10-2081(a) on the same parcel with the building. The proposed renovated Interpretive Center will add (2) accessible spaces at 1101 Wake Forest Road. No other on-site parking is proposed at this location due to the following reasons:

A. As previously master planned, there is and has been sufficient existing parking on Mimosa Street to support the park use.
B. There is no increase in use or program elements for the new Interpretive Center.
C. There are no other feasible sites available in the vicinity to accommodate a parking lot for 30+ spaces without severely impacting any historic sites or the unique characteristics of the Mordecai Place National Register Historic District. 

2. Transitional protective yard

The 1101 Wake Forest Road property is located in SPR-6 zoning district. The Interpretive Center is classified as “Library, art gallery, or museum – governmental” which is a permitted use within the SPR-6 zoning district (10-2018(b)(1). Per 10-2082.9, a Transitional Protective Yard is required to separate this use from the adjacent residential uses. The Interpretive Center is classified as a medium impact use (10-2082.9(e)(2)) which requires a 30’-0” transitional protective yard at the north side and west rear yards (10-2082.9).

The existing historic house is non-conforming as it is presently 17’-0” from the north property line. A one-story classroom addition to the rear of the house will be 27’-0” from the north property line and 20’-0” from the west property line. The zoning code allows these reduced dimensions if tall privacy fences are provided. The property is currently screened with a mix of hedges, plant materials, and fences that have been in place since the 1970s. Rather than disrupting the longstanding context of the historic neighborhood, a variance is requested to maintain, repair and improve these existing conditions to protect the character of the historic residential neighborhood.

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  • City of Raleigh Contact:  Shawsheen Baker
  • Mordecai CAC Contact:
  • Attend the upcoming Board of Adjustment hearing (meeting info posted above)

Letter from Mordecai CAC Chairs to City of Raleigh

From:  <>
Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: Mordecai Interpretive Center on 8/7 Council agenda
To: "Baker, Shawsheen" 

Hi, Shawsheen.

Rebekah Weber and I are the co-chairs of the Mordecai CAC. We would like to express our strong personal support for the Mordecai Interpretive Center schematic design, and for moving forward with this project. We are unable to speak for the CAC at this time because we have been on break this summer, and have not taken a vote as a CAC on this matter. The soonest we would be able to do that is October 9, following discussion at our next meeting on September 11.

Personally, we are very excited about this project, and think it will be a tremendous asset to our community and to the City of Raleigh. We commend you for your hard work on this project, and we particularly appreciate the city's willingness to consider other approaches, as the earlier idea of building a new center on Historic Mordecai's grounds raised some concerns among the CAC. We would appreciate it if you could send our comments to the City Council, again stipulating that we are unable to speak for the CAC as a whole at this time.

Thank you for your time and efforts on this project!

Kim Gazella and Rebekah Weber
Co-Chairs, Mordecai CAC

Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center: July 12, 2012 Presentation + Meeting Minutes

posted Jul 26, 2012, 10:59 AM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Jul 26, 2012, 11:41 AM ]


Project: Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center
Subject: Review schematic design
Meeting Date: July12, 2012, 7:00pm
Location: Mordecai Historic Park

Staff presented the purpose of the meeting and project schedule. Consultant with Clearscapes presented the concept plan, building program, site plan and parking scenario, existing mix of architecture on the Mordecai Historic Park, historic context and proposed building elevation. Read the meeting minutes posted by the City of Raleigh.



Mordecai Park Interpretive Center: PUBLIC Input Meeting, Schematic Design Review

posted Jul 11, 2012, 10:03 AM by Reid Serozi

Public Input! Schematic Design Review

The Parks and Recreation Department will host a public input meeting for the schematic design of the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center, Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Chapel, Mordecai Historic Park, One Mimosa Street, Raleigh.

Project Background: City Council approved the location and purchase of 1101 Wake Forest Road to serve as the new interpretive center. The originally proposed building program included a vestibule, lobby, reception area, open floor exhibit space to accommodate wall display and moveable modular cases, gift shop, multipurpose room, offices, library/archive, breakroom, restrooms, storage and accessory spaces. The property at 1101 Wake Forest Road consists of nearly half an acre of land and a 4,700 sf house that was constructed in 1920's. The existing house will be renovated to accommodate a revised building program. More information: City of Raleigh Project Site

Public Input Meeting
Thursday July 12, 2012, 7:00pm
St. Mark’s Chapel, Mordecai Historic Park, One Mimosa Street, Raleigh

Mordecai Stream Cleanup - Cemetery Branch - Saturday, April 28 2012

posted Apr 25, 2012, 10:23 AM by Reid Serozi

Help clean up "The Creek"! 

Mordecai Stream Cleanup - Cemetery Branch - Saturday, April 28, 2012 2PM-4PM 

Who: Everyone is welcome: children, families, friends and neighbors.

What: Stream cleanup of Cemetery Branch Creek (Across from Conn Elementary in East Mordecai)

Where: Meet by the creek at Meadowbrook, at the corner of Norris Street and Frank Street (parking is available along Frank Street).

When: This Saturday, April 28th from 2:00-4:00PM

Why: To gather as a community to help keep our neighborhood and waterways healthy and happy and report our findings to the city.

The City of Raleigh has provided us with 20 safety vests, bags and gloves for our volunteers. Mac Smith, the Stormwater Quality Technician, will arrange to pick up our collected debris on Monday.

Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and expect to get wet and dirty. Long pants are recommended. Please bring water to drink and wear sunscreen.

Volunteers will assist in completing a field data assessment of the stream along with signing an adopt-a-stream agreement, reporting our findings and participation to the City of Raleigh.

Feel free to contact David Zell with any questions!

Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center - Last meeting for public comments

posted Jan 24, 2012, 6:32 PM by Reid Serozi


The hard copy notice has been sent to neighbors.


As many of you are aware, there has been a lot of heated debate over the proposed interpretive center at the Mordecai House. The current plan is to purchase the adjacent JD & Mattie Boushall House (Danielson’s Antiques). This home would offer more space than the previously proposed new construction on the east side of the Mordecai House lot, and would still be able to retain its historic character.


The meeting on February 2nd will be the last chance for community comment. Plans are to purchase the property in February, so this is the most important time to comment (in support or opposition) to the project. I urge that you attend the meeting to get the details of the proposed project, and express any comments that you have. If you cannot attend, and wish to comment, I will gladly collect and relay any community input at that meeting.



More information on the  House comes courtesy of the posting by Matthew Brown:


Dear friends,


I consider it wonderful news that the City wants to use the J. D. & Mattie Boushall House at 1101 Wake Forest Road for the Mordecai Historic Park interpretive center, IF and ONLY IF it intends to preserve the historic integrity of this wonderful house, which is historically and architecturally significant in its own right, for several reasons:


The house was built in 1922 by prominent citizens Joseph Dozier Boushall and Mattie Boushall. J. D. was chief clerk to the state auditor, member of the Raleigh board of aldermen (now called the city council), member of the N.C. House of Representatives, senior deacon of the First Baptist Church, treasurer of the Baptist State Convention, trustee of Meredith College, and commander of the American Legion. His wife Mattie was the daughter of Jonathan M. Heck, developer of much of the Oakwood and Idlewild neighborhoods.


The Boushall House was the first house built in the Mordecai Place development, and the finest house built in this development. The development began at Cedar St., and the Boushalls chose the most prominent lot in the development to build their grand home.


Most importantly, the Boushall house is a magnificent piece of architecture, Raleigh’s finest example of the last phase of the Neoclassical Revival, with its gorgeous semi-elliptical front porch supported by Corinthian columns, its balcony, and its beveled glass windows. The house and its landscape has been beautifully preserved for 90 years, in the loving hands of Arthur Danielson for the past 36 years.


Thank you, City Council, Parks Board, Mark Turner & Troy Burton, for your careful stewardship of Raleigh's historic treasures.


Matthew Brown



For those of you who can’t attend, please send comments to


Thanks for you input and community concerns about our park resources.


-David Plotner-

UNC-TV North Carolina Weekend - Historic Mordecai Park

posted Sep 7, 2011, 6:28 AM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Sep 7, 2011, 6:36 AM ]

The Historic Mordecai Park was featured on UNC-TV's 'North Carolina Weekend'.

Scroll forward to the 14:45 minute mark to watch the video clip about the Park.

Watch the full episode. See more NC Weekend.

North Carolina Weekend. Hosted by Deborah Holt Noel. Historical sites, festivals, music, movies, the arts, sports, food and other leisure activities abound around the state. You'll always find something interesting to discover in your free time, generously underwritten by the North Carolina Division of Tourism. Watch Thursdays, 9pm ET

Public Invited to Review Design for Halifax Park and Community Center

posted Aug 20, 2011, 9:40 AM by Reid Serozi

Halifax Park Community Center Improvements

The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting to solicit public comment on the schematic design for the Halifax Park and Community Center redevelopment.

The meeting will be held on August 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Halifax Community Center, 1015 Halifax Street.

The improvements to Halifax Park are part of the 2007 Parks and Recreation Bond project. The center, located at 1015 Halifax Street, was built in 1972. The renovations and expansion will accommodate the recreational and educational needs of the changing neighborhood. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.

For more information, visit the project site @

Your community park representatives are Dana Deaton and David Plotner. Contact: / (919) 295-0135

Certificate of Appropriateness hearing for the Mordecai Interpretive Center

posted Jun 4, 2011, 12:52 PM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Jun 6, 2011, 11:49 AM ]

Note: The hearing today, June 6th, is to determine the appropriateness of the designs submitted for the Mordecai Visitors' Center. The RHDC guidelines are the official document by which the designs are supposed to be judged. If, at today's hearing, the designs are determined to be appropriate, a COA (Certificate of Appropriateness) will be issued for the designs.

Dear Neighbors,

This is to let everyone know about the Certificate of Appropriateness hearing for the Mordecai Interpretive Center coming up on Monday, June 6th. The architects will be presenting plans for the new 2900 s.f. building being proposed for the park.

Here are links to drawings of the designs that have been submitted:

( links point to the website or see screenshots below )

Mordecai 1
Mordecai 2
Mordecai 3
Mordecai 4

The Historic Districts Commission will review these designs at the COA hearing this Monday afternoon at 4:00, Room 305 of the Upchurch Municipal Building at 222 W. Hargett St. (across from Nash Square). It is the second (and last) application on the agenda.

The Commission will judge the application according to the RHDC guidelines, which you can find at:

The guidelines relating to new construction in a historic district are found in Section 4.3, which describes how new construction should be compatible with the distinctive character of the district setting and buildings.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, but would like to express your opinion to the Commission, you can do so in an email to staff member Tania Tully. Her email is:

Alternatively, you can give a statement to someone who will attend, and they can read your statement on your behalf to the RHDC


Tina Govan - Oakdale Neighborhood

Screenshots from the PDF links above.

Links above not working?? We received a lot of feedback from residents that the drawings in PDF format were not downloading from the website. We took several screenshots from the drawings and posted them for your ease.

Plan 1 - Conceptual Site Plan

Plan 1 - Conceptual Floor Plan
Plan 1 - Conceptual Elevation Plan

Plan 2
- Conceptual Site Plan (Vernacular Variation) 

Plan 2 - Conceptual Floor Plan
Plan 2 -  Conceptual Elevation Plan

Feedback and Q&A's. Get Involved

More Information about this Project

The project in general will be presented at the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB) on Thursday June 16 in the Council Chamber (2nd floor of the Municipal Building). The meeting will start at 5:30pm.

MCAC Response to Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center Discussion

posted Apr 30, 2011, 8:59 PM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Jul 6, 2011, 6:14 PM ]

Update! July 2011

The Mordecai Historic Park Master Plan amendment to locate the proposed Interpretive Center will not be on the agenda for the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board meeting in July. The Board will not act on the master plan amendment at their July meeting. The proposal to locate the interpretive center on the Square near Wake Forest Road is currently on hold while the project team is assessing other potential alternative locations. Staff hopes to provide an update to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board this fall. When the project team is ready to present the additional information, public notification will be disseminated via mail, email and on-site signage.

For questions and information, please contact Shawsheen Baker, 996-4782, Thank you.


Dear Community,

In response to recent discussion about the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center Discussion on the MCAC Google Group and the Historic Oakwood Neighborhood Yahoo Groups, the MCAC Leadership team has prepared the following informative document to provide a means for citizens and neighborhoods to participate in the city’s decision-making process.

Project Information

Project Activity
  • October 2010 - Master plan amendment kick-off, programming, analysis, alternative site concepts
  • November 2010 - Public meeting 
  • January 2011 - Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review and public meeting 
  • June 2011 - Raleigh Historic District Commission review and Certificate of Appropriateness approval
  • June 2011 - Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review and public meeting (NO VOTE)
  • July/August 2011 - Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review and public meeting (VOTE)
  • ??? 2011 - City Council review 
  • ??? 2011 - Master Plan amendment finalization and adoption

Mordecai CAC involvement

  • The Mordecai CAC's involvement in facilitating the approval process of the interpretive center has been limited. The November 2010 public hearing was held independent of a MCAC meeting, and we have not received an official request from the City or from MCAC residents to address the interpretive center proposal.
  • The Mordecai CAC's primary involvement has been communicating and making residents in the community aware with the information provided. In conjunction to the City of Raleigh public hearing notice (postal mailings) to attending the public hearing. The Mordecai CAC notified residents to attend the November 2010 public hearing by email announcement, CAC newsletter, November CAC Meeting and CAC website.

During the October and November CAC Meeting, Shawsheen Baker, City of Raleigh Parks architect provided a brief update about the interpretive center. In the October meeting she addressed the issue of the original site across Mordecai Drive and other adjacent sites as becoming problematic. She indicated that the center would probably need to be constructed on the park site itself. At the November, Shawsheen made the following announcement which was recorded in the minutes as follows:

Shawsheen Baker gave some information about the new Mordecai Interpretive Center, which is part of the approved 2007 bond program. The architect Clearscapes has been chosen. The conceptual plan will be presented at a meeting held in the downstairs meeting room of Trinity United Methodist Church, 824 N Bloodworth Street on November 30th at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Shawsheen asked the CAC to comment on her plan to ask the City for a variance to the road right of way which has been widened due to Wake Forest Road's designation as a major thoroughfare. Concerns were raised that this widening of the right of way might indicate a widening of Wake Forest Road. Shawsheen didn't know the answer so Philip Bernard, traffic chairman agreed to contact Eric Lamb in Public Works, find out more information, and report back to the group.

At the November meeting, Shawsheen confirmed that the center was being proposed to be on the park site itself. At that time, no one seemed alarmed about the center, the necessity of the center was not questioned. The only concern noted was the question of why the right of way along Wake Forest Road had been widened. The biggest fear voiced was that Wake Forest Road could possibly be widened. Philip Bernard Traffic Chair was not aware of any proposals to widen Wake Forest Road but contacted Eric Lamb with City staff who confirmed there were no plans to widen Wake Forest Road.

Because the community meeting was held independent of a CAC meeting, and we have not received an official request from the City or other entity to address the center's proposal and provide input, there hasn't been any follow up in our CAC meetings re: the project since Shawsheen announced the public meeting in November. It was generally perceived that the community meeting and any other public meetings would supercede any further action by the CAC.

Site Plan Clarification

Previous information on the Mordecai CAC website reflects the summary of the November public hearing to select the "buildable" site
location for the Interpretive Center. 

The actual site plan, building permitter, was not within the scope of the public hearing. It was communicated during the public hearing that the actual site plan (foundation) would be somewhere within the 6,500 sqft "buildable" location and shared at a later date. The size of the center was communicated as being 5,000 sqft. See the meeting minutes from the November public hearing.

On April 29th, The MCAC became aware of an approved site plan for the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center from the Mordecai Historic Parks Board March Meeting. The MHP Board and Raleigh Historic Commission had reduced the original 5,000 sqft  building footprint within the "buildable" location that was communicated to residents at the November 2010 public hearing.

The new approved site plan (see image to right) from the MHP Board will be voted on by the Parks, Recreation And Greenway Advisory Board on Thursday, May 19th at 5:30 PM at the Jaycees building on Wade Avenue.

Residents meet at the Park for Q&A

Sunday, May 1st, a number of members of the community met with Shawsheen Baker (Raleigh Parks and Rec, project manager),  Troy Burton (site manager, Mordecai Historic Park), and members from Clearscape (the architectural firm contracted to develop this project)  to discuss the vision, and history of the path towards development of a visitors center at the Mordecai Historic Park. The meeting was brought about  largely due to neighborhood concerns about the need, and the scope of the project.

It was clarified that the proposed center would be much smaller than the was understood by the community previously at the November 2010 public hearing. The actually building design has not been proposed yet, but after serious site review of 7 proposed sites, the currently proposed site would be a narrow building along the northern portion of the park along Wake Forest Road, in such a way as to minimize the impact on the green space of the park.

Feedback and Q&A's. Get Involved

Past Communications to residents from the MCAC

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Reid Serozi <>
Date: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Subject: MCAC: Today's City Council Meeting regarding the proposed Interpretive Center at Mordecai Historic Park
To: Mary-Ann Baldwin <>, Russ Stephenson <>, Eugene Weeks <>
Cc:, "" <>,

Dear Mary-Ann Baldwin, Russ Stephenson and Eugene Week,

Please read before Today's (May 17) City Council Meeting, regarding requests and petitions of citizens #2 - page 21: "Gail Wiesner, Historic Oakwood, would like to present opposition to a proposed new building at Mordecai Park and request the Council to stop the

As leaders of the Mordecai CAC, we would like to inform you that there has been concern among some of our CAC members about the proposed interpretive center at Mordecai Historic Park.

While we’ve received brief updates about the center in our CAC meetings and a neighborhood information session held on November 30, 2011, some of our members are still concerned about the need for and location of the center on the park site itself. As a CAC, we have not been asked to vote on the center, therefore we do not “officially” know how many of our members are for or against the project at this point.

Due to our summer meeting schedule and according to our bylaws, we would not be able to vote on the project until the fall if indeed a vote is needed at this point in the process. We are suggesting that our members attend the next public meeting on June 16th of the Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board to find out more information and express their concerns.

At this point, we respectfully ask that City Council examine all options associated with the adjacent “spring lots” owned by the City and CAP. We also ask that Council review options associated with purchasing all assets owned by CAP, land and artifacts, to help mitigate any restrictions with using the adjacent lots in general.

Please advise us as to any additional action we should take as a CAC to effectively represent our collective view on this matter.

MCAC Co-Chairs,

Reid Serozi and Rebekah Weber

(919) 295-0135

Subject: [MordecaiCAC] Mordecai Historic Park
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 08:45:31 -0500
From: david plotner

Mordecai Historic Park Action Item:

This Monday, January 10th, the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, Certificate of Appropriateness Committee will be meeting. On the agenda, is item 149-10-CA. This is a discussion of the approval of a maximum footprint, and height for the proposed Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center.
As you all know, the addition of an interpretive center will be a great asset to the Mordecai Historic Park. It has been in the works for a long time, and we as a community should do our best to support it. More information about the interpretive center is available on the CAC site here.
If you are able to attend the meeting to voice your opinion on this, please do.

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 4:00 P.M.

If you can’t attend, please send any emails with your thoughts on the issue to CAC Park Chairs .

-david plotner-

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:07:19 -0500
Subject: [MordecaiCAC] Mordecai park expansion on horizon
From: Reid Serozi

Hello MCAC Community,

Regarding the future Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center

The public hearing to select the building location for the 5,000 sqft
Park Interpretive Center was held at the end of November.

The selected site / location for the center will be along Wake Forest Road.

Please take the time to read the meeting minutes and the selected site
option for the park center @

The following story, "Mordecai park expansion on horizon", was
published in today's Midtown Raleigh News.
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:07:20 -0500
Subject: PUBLIC MEETING Nov. 30 - conceptual location for the Mordecai Park Interpretive Center
To: CC:;; 

ATTENTION: Mordecai CAC Residents, 

The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting on Nov. 30, Tuesday, to discuss the conceptual location for the Mordecai Park Interpretive Center. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 824 North Bloodworth St. 

The interpretive center was included in the 2007 City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Bond. Budgeted at $1.5 million, the project was included in the 2010-11 Capital Improvement Project budget. In September, the Raleigh City Council authorized City staff to negotiate a contract with Clearscapes for the planning, design, and construction for the first phase of the center. The project will be a 5,000-square-foot visitor’s center to be used for interpretive displays, offices and educational space. Initial work will begin with a master plan amendment to determine the location of the new center. Phase one of the project will be followed by design and construction. Construction is estimated to begin in 2012. 

According to Shawsheen Baker, project manager for the City of Raleigh, the task of finding an appropriate location for the center is a challenge. “It’s an historic park and we need to respect its legacy,” she said. “The park already has a number of buildings on it and we don’t want the center to compete with the grand Mordecai House. We want the center to be obvious, but not distracting.” The public is invited to comment on the proposed location for the center at the Nov. 30 meeting. The proposed location will go to the Council’s Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board for review before going to the City Council for review and adoption in March of 2011. 

Your Community Parks Representatives are Dana Deaton and David Plotner with the Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council. Contact: or (919) 295-0135 City Contact Info @

 Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:04:26 -0400
 Subject: Public Notification for Mordecai Historic Park Interpretative Center
 ATTENTION: Public Notification for Mordecai Historic Park Interpretative Center
 A public meeting will be held on
 November 30, 2010 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 Trinity United Methodist Church
 824 North Bloodworth Street
 to review the proposed location and solicit public input for the
 Interpretive Center at Mordecai Historic Park
 Comments and questions are welcome and may be sent to:
 Please specify Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center in the
 subject line or call 996-4774 for more information
 Your Community Parks Representatives are Dana Deaton and David Plotner
 with the Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council. Contact: or (919) 295-0135
 Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 12:28:31 -0700
 Subject: [MordecaiCAC] Re: meeting at Mordecai Spring to discuss development
 Hello neighbors,
 I just want to clarify that there was a pre-bid meeting today to
 identify a design firm for the future Mordecai Historic Park
 Interpretive Center in accordance with the voter approved 2007 bond.
 However nothing has been determined yet concerning site placement,
 zoning requirements, permitting, parking, or any other consideration
 for a future interpretive center to be built on park property.
 If you have any questions concerning this project or any other park
 related matter please do not hesitate to contact me or feel free to
 ask us at the CAC meetings.
 Troy Burton
 Site Manager
 Mordecai Historic Park

Past Communication to Historic Oakwood Residents via Neighborhood Yahoo Group
In the Media

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