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NC Council Approves Lease To Create Dix Park; Raleigh Votes To Approve Dix Deal

     RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Council of State has approved a plan to convert the 325-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh into a new city park.
 
     The Democrat-controlled council voted 8-2 to lease the state-owned hospital grounds to Raleigh for 75 years for $68 million. Under the deal proposed by Gov. Beverly Perdue, Raleigh would pay $500,000 annually to lease the property, plus a 1.5 percent annual increase compounded over the length of the agreement.
 
     The council's two Republicans, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, voted no.
 
     GOP legislative leaders had called for a delay in any decision until Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory takes office in January, saying it was a bad deal for taxpayers.
 
    The Raleigh City Council voted in closed session today to approve a lease deal to develop the Dorthea Dix campus into a destination park.

The vote was 7-1 with councilman John Odom voting against the deal.


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