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Another Plan Broached for Dorothea Dix Land

Posted January 9, 2007

Dorothea Dix Hospital
The Dorothea Dix Hospital complex sits on hundreds of acres of rolling hills in downtown Raleigh. City leaders hope to buy the land for mixed-use development after the hospital closes in 2008.

However, retired Raleigh business executive Greg Poole was expected to introduced another idea at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Poole founded Dix Visionaries and has been a big supporter of a central park for the land.

Poole said he hopes to convince council members that they should hear the new idea that hired experts have been working on for about two months.

Mayor Charles Meeker has been a big supporter of a mixed-use development plan presented late last year. That plan would also include a large park on the property.

The City Council is in the process of coming up with a policy that would lead to the purchase of the Dix land from the state.

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  • builder276 Jan 10, 2007

    1st off mayor Meeker has nothing to say about whether the hospital stays open, it is a state hospital, not a city hospital. dusteeb, that was 1 of the most ignorant statements on this site to date

  • hail2opeth Jan 9, 2007

    I hope this is about more than money. I hope this is about building a great park that will be of benefit to all here in Raleigh. But all this talk about commercial and real estate development, in addition to a park, makes me very skeptical, especially given that most people who were surveyed said they would prefer no development of the land. If the public is against developing the land, then our elected leaders should concur. It sounds as though someone is pulling a few strings to make millions, from a city inventment, under the guise of a "mixed use" development plan.

  • IHave1-2 Jan 9, 2007

    I hope Mayor Meeker, et. al realizes Nurse Dix is probably very dizzy by now from so much turning over in her grave. I hope she's haunting anyone who is killing her dream. That woman worked hard for the mental patients, and all Raleigh wants to do is get more money... shame on you! What's another homeless person? What's another criminal on the loose? Do you really think Butner will hold all of the patients who need care? What a racquet!