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House Passes Bill Giving Dix Lease Another Year

Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Dave DeWitt
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Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh

Lawmakers in the State House have passed a compromise measure that would give state and Raleigh city officials more time to work out a lease to create a destination park.

The bill would give officials a year to work out a different lease agreement for the city's Dorothea Dix property. It would dissolve the current lease signed by then-Democratic governor Beverly Perdue and Raleigh city officials.

Senate Republicans have already passed a measure that invalidates the lease, but House Republicans want to take more time to settle the issue. Rep. Justin Burr is one of the measure's sponsors.

"This bill makes clear that the legislature cares deeply about the process for how an asset like the Dix campus is transferred. The process should be thoughtful and not rushed," said Burr.

Both Gov. McCrory and Raleigh's mayor, Nancy MacFarlane, support the House bill, but Senate leaders say it would give too much land to the city.
 

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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