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McCrory, McFarlane sign deal to sell NC land to Raleigh

Posted May 11, 2015
Updated May 12, 2015

— Raleigh's mayor says the transaction to give the city more than 300 acres of state government land to build a regional park is an investment for generations to come.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Gov. Pat McCrory signed an agreement Monday for the state to sell the Dorothea Dix mental hospital property to Raleigh for $52 million. McFarlane then handed over a $2 million check as deposit for the sale during a ceremony on the Dix campus overlooking downtown.

Closing is slated for early next year. Raleigh must first locate funding to buy the property.

The last patients left Dix in 2012. The agreement allows the state to lease back some of the land for up to 25 years to give the state time to move health department workers off campus.

Officials with the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said they "continue to publicly grieve" the loss of the Dix campus.

"To us, the land was a public commitment by both the state and federal government to ensure services for those living with mental illness were available," they said in a statement, asking for a ceremony to honor Dorothea Dix's legacy and a memorial on the property.

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