Dorothea Dix Hospital en Hurried Transition For Wake Mental Health Clinics A Long Time Coming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Behavioral health clinics in Wake County are shutting down today. That means about 2,000 people who have mental illnesses and rely on Medicaid are transitioning to treatment from private providers, but the county has been under a time crunch to transfer patients and some doctors worry theirs are falling through the cracks.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Margery </span>Sved<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a psychiatrist with Wake County Health and Human Services and one of 200 people who are being laid off today.</span><br> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:39:11 +0000 Will Michaels 18043 at Hurried Transition For Wake Mental Health Clinics A Long Time Coming McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation <p>Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane want some extra time to decide how to utilize 325 acres of prime capital city real estate.&nbsp;</p><p>The two announced today that they are backing House legislation to give the city and state another year to negotiate an agreement to re-purpose the <a href="">Dorothea Dix property</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Raleigh leaders want to use the land as a destination park.&nbsp; McCrory says he understands and supports that. Fri, 24 May 2013 11:47:59 +0000 Gurnal Scott 15880 at McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation Bill Nixing Dix Park Deal Passes Senate <p>Lawmakers have <a href=";BillID=S334">passed a bill</a> that would scrap a lease deal signed by the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the old <a href="">Dix hospital</a> campus.</p><p>Senators passed the measure 29-to-21, with several Wake County Republican senators voting against it.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:17:57 +0000 Jessica Jones 12686 at Bill Nixing Dix Park Deal Passes Senate Wake County Residents Protest Scrapping Dix Deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of Wake County residents filled a legislative committee room yesterday to weigh in on several controversial bills affecting the county.</span></p><p>One of the measures would scrap the lease between the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the site of the old Dorothea Dix hospital.<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:08:44 +0000 Jessica Jones, Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 12632 at One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Senate committee has passed&nbsp;</span><a href=";BillID=S334" style="line-height: 1.5;">a measure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;that would void a&nbsp;</span><a href="/post/city-raleigh-lease-dix-property" style="line-height: 1.5;">deal signed three months ago&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.</span></p><p>The Senate Appropriations Committee would void a 99-year lease signed amid great fanfare by the mayor of Raleigh and former Governor Bev Perdue. Under the deal, the city would pay $500,000 a year plus yearly adjustments to lease the land.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:31:43 +0000 Jessica Jones, Frank Stasio & Isaac-Davy Aronson 12434 at One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal State Lawmakers File Bills To Revamp Dix Park Deal <p>State legislative leaders have filed bills that would revamp the deal that allows the city of Raleigh to create a regional park on the grounds of a closed mental hospital. The proposed legislation would nullify the lease agreement signed by Governor Beverly Perdue on her way out of office.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:39:35 +0000 Jessica Jones 12041 at State Lawmakers File Bills To Revamp Dix Park Deal Preservation Groups Want to Protect Dix Hospital <p>Preservation groups in Raleigh say the city should protect the historic buildings on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus. The city council plans to convert the property into a public park. The state leased the land to Raleigh last month for $68 million over 75 years. But the Raleigh City Council has yet to create a master plan for the future park. Myrick Howard is the president of Preservation North Carolina:</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7027 at City of Raleigh to Lease Dix Property <p>Raleigh is on its way to having a destination park like New York's Central Park and Chicago's Millenium Park. The Council of State voted earlier today six-to-2 to approve leasing the state-owned Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh for 75 years. The City will pay 5 hundred thousand dollars a year, with a 1-point-5 percent annual increase.</p><p>Some Republican legislative leaders have criticized the deal, most notably Senate President Phil Berger. He says he's considering legal action to terminate the lease. But Governor Bev Perdue says Berger and other opponents are misguided.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 5707 at Dix Park Boosters Pledge Three Million Dollars <p></p><p style="margin-left: 40px; display: block;">Civic groups in Raleigh advocating the creation of a public park on what is now the Dorothea Dix hospital campus have pledged three million dollars toward the effort. The Council of State is scheduled to vote today whether to allow the City of Raleigh to lease the land from the state. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:20:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 5705 at Dix Park Boosters Pledge Three Million Dollars Council Of State To Decide Dix Property's Fate <p>On Tuesday, North Carolina’s Council of State is expected to decide whether to lease a huge tract of land to the City of Raleigh to create a park. The more than 300 acre site is home to what used to be the state’s Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital, which is now closed. Many civic and business leaders support the idea of creating a downtown park in Raleigh. But lawmakers have spoken out against it, saying Governor Perdue is moving too quickly with the project.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 5599 at