Deadline extended again in Dix negotiations

Posted June 30, 2014

Dorothea Dix property in fall

— There is no deal yet over the future of the Dorothea Dix property near downtown Raleigh.

"We're still talking and making headway," Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Monday.

The City of Raleigh and state government have been working on a deal over the property for months. Negotiations began after lawmakers objected to a long-term lease deal forged by then-Gov. Bev Perdue in late 2012 as she was about to leave office. Rather than head to court, both sides agreed to put that lease deal on hold until May this year.

When no deal was reached by the end of May, both sides agreed to an extension of talks through June 30. With no deal reached by Monday, the two sides have once again extended negotiations. The new deadline is July 31.

City leaders hope to turn the 300-plus-acre Dorothea Dix property, once home to the state mental hospital, into a destination park. State leaders aren't opposed to that plan, but they want to make sure the city pays enough to compensate state taxpayers for the property.

"It's just a matter of timing," McFarlane said of the delay.

State officials, she said, have been focused on working out the state budget, so they've had less time for the Dix negotiations.

"We are still working with the City of Raleigh to come to an agreement," said Chris Mears, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Administration, which is leading the negotiating effort. He could not immediately confirm an extension of the standstill agreement had been signed Monday. 


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  • B.c. Jimmy Jul 1, 2014
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    this city has enough parks and greenways. the mayor and city council need a tax increase to repair potholes, all the while wasting money on greenways, parks, palacial public housing, and the like. if you want to go to a large park, drive 15 minutes out glenwood ave to umstead state park.

  • Paul M Jul 1, 2014

    In the area it is in it would be nothing but crime

  • Paul M Jul 1, 2014

    Guess in the Goverment " Deadline" means take all the time you need.

  • stacey3 Jul 1, 2014

    As a lifetime resident of Raleigh whose family has lived in NC for over 250 years, my concern is that if this becomes a "destination park" it will become over-crowded. Right now, hobbyists and enthusiasts use a couple of the fields in relative peace and tranquility, but how the city develops this park could change that dramatically. My vote would be for a minimalist park, preserving the nature of the space with a goal toward low-impact similar to how Umstead State Park is used, managed, and preserved. We do not need another Pullen Park... or Pullen Park on steroids and I worry that is the vision city planners have for it.

  • Jackson Smith Jul 1, 2014
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    Do not sign any contract with the state of NC. They will not live up to it. Look at contract for Dix and the Pier on the outer banks. If they change their mind, they change the contract. Way to go GOP. And yes I am a republican.

  • chippers Jul 1, 2014

    Quit stalling with this and make it a park already. I don't care who pays for it or who owns it or any of that. I won't feel the effects of that in whatever portion of my taxes it comes out of. Who really cares? Just stop wasting time so I'm not elderly by the time I can use it. Ridiculous.

  • Holly Atkins Jul 1, 2014
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    Trust me when I say you do NOT want anyone staying there. Every building is a dirty, antiquated mess and erecting a new building would be far less cheaper than trying to bring this place up to code.

    The air/heating system is dirty and faulty, the interior of the buildings are dirty, dank and dark and the plumbing is awful. If the state had the funds to clean the houses and buildings on Dix campus they wouldn't need satellite offices. Fourth floor of the main building, which was the hospital itself, is completely outdated storage. Nobody wants to take the funds to pay for clean up so they pay extra for other office space. State mentality at its best!

  • jwbmom1965 Jul 1, 2014

    Needs to open back up as a mental hospital for the military personel. They have been kicked to the curb long enough

  • tnjed Jul 1, 2014

    YES. Dix Park is a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve open space which will benefit North Carolinians for centuries.

  • katzpauz Jun 30, 2014

    NO. Please do not give away the Dix property to Raleigh. It is prime real estate and the State may need it in the future for its own use(s).