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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue to leave the future of a state mental hospital in Raleigh that operated for 150 years up to GOP successor Pat McCrory and the incoming General Assembly.

Senate leader Phil Berger on Tuesday asked members of the Council of State to delay action on the Dorothea Dix Hospital property until Perdue leaves office in January. The council meets next week.

Perdue has been negotiating a long-term lease of the land to the City of Raleigh to develop a regional park. The hospital closed this year but state health employees still work on campus.

House Speaker Thom Tillis also said the property’s future should be reviewed thoroughly by the Legislature.

Credit: The Associated Press.