Gov. McCrory announces deal to sell Dorothea Dix property

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State and local leaders tentatively agreed to a deal Monday that would sell the Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh.

“A centrally located urban park in downtown Raleigh will spur economic development and provide open space and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors but more importantly, this acquisition secures and preserves property that has historic significance not only for the city but the entire state of North Carolina,”  Raleigh’s Mayor, Nancy McFarlane, said.

The proposed purchase price for 307-acre property,  which contains the Dorothea Dix Hospital and administrative buildings used by state agencies, is $52 million.

The site has served as a mental health treatment facility since it the first patient was admitted in 1856, but it was closed in 2012 after most of the services were transferred to the Central Regional Hospital in Butner.

The City of Raleigh has until Dec. 31, 2015 to identify a definite source of funding and then must seek final approval from the North Carolina Council of State and the Raleigh City Council.

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