Raleigh council OK lease to create Dix park

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Almost everything’s now in place for some prime property in North Carolina’s capital city to be turned into a large park.

The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday in favor of entering an agreement with the state of North Carolina to lease the 325-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital property for 75 years for up to $68 million. The vote came hours after the North Carolina Council of State also signed off on the deal.

The city says Raleigh and the state will finalize details and sign the lease by Dec. 30. The Dix mental hospital is now closed after its final patients were transferred this past summer.

Some Republicans and their allies have panned the deal. Senate leader Phil Berger’s office says it’s reviewing potential legal options to stop the transaction.

Source: The Associated Press