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NC Offer To Sell Dix Land More Than Raleigh Bid

RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration has rejected Raleigh's opening offer to purchase the old Dorothea Dix mental hospital so it can turn the site into a regional park.


The state wants to keep some of the land and sell the rest at a higher price.


McCrory attorney Robert Stephens sent the counteroffer dated Wednesday to Raleigh's city attorney. The state wants to sell 244 acres of the 308-acre Dix property for $52 million but keep remaining land for Department of Health and Human Services operations.


The city last month offered $38 million for the entire tract and would lease 40 acres to the state for DHHS for 15 years for $1 annually.


The state also rejected the city's request to handle environmental cleanup estimated at up to $23 million.


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