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NC Senate seeks to wipe out Dix lease

A state Senate bill seeks to change the lease between the state and the City of Raleigh for Dorothea Dix property.SB 334 directs the state and the city to enter into a new lease that is at fair market value and upholds the property’s commitment to serving the mentally ill.

The current contract calls for the city to pay $500,000 a year with a 1.5 percent annual increase to lease a portion of the property for fair market value. Raleigh intends to build a park on the property.

The bill would put an end to plans to move state Department of Health and Human Services employees. Any revenues from the property lease would go into a special fund for mental health.

Gov. Perdue, Raleigh mayor to sign Dix property lease agreement Friday

Gov. Bev Perdue on Friday will sign official documents with the City of Raleigh to lease the Dix Hospital property for use as a public park.

The two parties negotiated the terms of the lease after the Council of State approved the controversial deal in a Dec. 4 vote. The signing ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the old Senate chambers at the Capitol. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarland and the governor will take part.

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