Dix Park

Politics & Government
7:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation

Site of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

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. 

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 Dorothea Dix property

Raleigh leaders want to use the land as a destination park.  McCrory says he understands and supports that.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Nixing Dix Park Deal Passes Senate

Dorothea Dix Hospital site in Raleigh.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would scrap a lease deal signed by the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the old Dix hospital campus.

Senators passed the measure 29-to-21, with several Wake County Republican senators voting against it.

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The State of Things
7:08 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Wake County Residents Protest Scrapping Dix Deal

WUNC reporters Jessica Jones and Dave DeWitt join host Frank Stasio for a legislative update

Dozens of Wake County residents filled a legislative committee room yesterday to weigh in on several controversial bills affecting the county.

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.

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Behind The Dix Deal: Republicans At Odds

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Credit Dave DeWitt

With the General Assembly on the verge of voiding the Dix lease deal it made with the city of Raleigh, it's instructive to look at some of the people who were behind the deal in the first place.

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The State of Things
5:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal

Grounds of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about Dorothea Dix and other events in the days news

A Senate committee has passed a measure  that would void a deal signed three months ago to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.

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.

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Politics & Government
6:39 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State Lawmakers File Bills To Revamp Dix Park Deal

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane (left) and former Gov. Bev Perdue (center) sign Dix lease agreement last December.
Credit City of Raleigh

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.

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Preservation Groups Want to Protect Dix Hospital

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:

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dix Park Boosters Pledge Three Million Dollars

Park Boosters On Dix Campus
Credit Jessica Jones

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.

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