Mayor: Updated Offer Soon On Old Dix Hospital Land

RALEIGH, N.C. The mayor of Raleigh says she believes there soon will be an agreement with Gov. Pat McCrory's administration to acquire land at a now-closed North Carolina mental hospital the city wants to convert into a regional park.

Nancy McFarlane made the comments Thursday following a closed-door Raleigh City Council meeting. She says an updated offer for the Dorothea Dix property near downtown could occur this week.

A 2012 lease agreement reached with then-Gov. Beverly Perdue was set aside by McCrory after lawmakers threatened to void it because they felt it wasn't a good transaction. Negotiations resumed, but they've been slow.

State government wants to keep some of the 300-plus acres for office space, as it's currently used. The two sides also have disagreed on who would foot environmental cleanup costs.



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