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Wake Mayors Support Park on Dix Land

Posted March 23, 2007
Updated March 26, 2007

— The Wake County Mayors Association voted Friday in favor of a plan that would transform the Dorothea Dix campus to an urban park.

The state plans to close the mental health operation next year and is considering selling the 300-acre property, located south of downtown Raleigh.

A number of plans have been suggested for the future of the site, ranging from an urban park to a mixed-use development that would include housing, offices and retail shops.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker previously backed a plan calling for a 215-acre park incorporated into a mixed-use development .

But Meeker voted Friday to support the park plan endorsed by other area mayors.


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  • LaLa-Land Mar 24, 2007

    They should build a new state of the art mental health facility.

  • superman Mar 24, 2007

    What a great idea-- a public park downtown for the homeless. Well I dont really care -- downtown is not a place I would ever want to visit. They need a new super wal-mart-- that would draw people by the thousands. And of course if Mayor Meeker could decide which way is up or down or whatever-- he would be an inspiration to us all. Perhaps he will find accomodations at the new building in Butner.

  • peaceout Mar 23, 2007

    even an air-head is smart enough to know that the deep pocketed developers will get their way with that land....so you can sleep well Colliefan!

  • colliefan Mar 23, 2007

    Yes, the park will be directly across the street from a zero-star hotel (i.e. Central Prison). For all of the air-heads that want to transform the land into Raleigh's version of Central Park, what will happen to all of the homes in the area when investors want to tear down the homes and build more expensive ones?

  • El Doggo Mar 23, 2007

    The one with the rubber rooms???

  • grenlyn1 Mar 23, 2007

    What will happen to that wonderful daycare on site? Will it too be closed down?