NC Gov. McCrory Urges New Talks On Dix Property
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory is asking the North Carolina Senate to back the House in urging fresh negotiations between Raleigh and the state over the Dorothea Dix property.
McCrory stood alongside Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Thursday to urge passage of a House proposal that would give the parties until April 2014 to reach a new deal on the 325-acre land before dissolving a deal inked during the closing days of former Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration.
The Senate's version would immediately scuttle the deal, potentially setting off lawsuits.
McFarlane said she stands by the original 75-year lease valued at $68 million but supports the House bill.
Republican lawmakers have complained that the original deal wasn't fair-market value and failed to protect health services as the property was originally intended 150 years ago.