Announcement on Dorothea Dix property expected Monday
Posted January 11, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A news conference is scheduled Monday concerning the Dorothea Dix property, according to a source in Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration not authorized to speak on record about the deal.
A source told WRAL News on Friday that the Raleigh City Council had a meeting on the issue scheduled for Monday.
Raleigh officials have been involved in talks with the state for over two years after former Gov. Bev Perdue announced she had a deal to lease the 300-plus acre property.
Wedged between Raleigh's urban core of government and bank buildings, North Carolina State University and long-standing neighborhoods, the bucolic swath of trees and fields is a unique piece of open space in a city that continues to burst its borders. City leaders and private boosters say they would like to develop the campus into a destination park to serve one of the most rapidly growing areas in the state.
Although lawmakers moved to scuttle the Perdue lease in 2013, both sides backed off a full-out legal confrontation. They agreed instead to seek new appraisals of the property and work on a sale. Negotiations began in early 2014 once the appraisals came back.
The city and state have exchanged a number of offers over the property since 2013. Most recently, the city sent a three-page counteroffer to the state in November that tackled some of the toughest sticking points in the negotiations, including who would bear responsibility for environmental problems on the property.