NC council approves lease to create Dix park

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 11:20 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Council of State has approved a plan to convert the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh into a new city park.
 
A majority on the Democratic-controlled council voted Tuesday to lease the state-owned hospital grounds to Raleigh for 75 years for as much as $68 million. Gov. Beverly Perdue's proposal would have Raleigh paying $500,000 a year to lease the property, with the amount increasing by 1.5 percent annually.
 
The two Republicans on the 10-member council -- Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler -- voted no, while State Auditor Beth Wood abstained.
 
GOP legislative leaders wanted any decision delayed until after Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory takes office in January.
 
Raleigh City Council is expected to consider the deal later Tuesday.

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