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Raleigh business leaders to protest Dix bill

Posted March 22, 2013

— Local business leaders plan an angry response to a legislative attempt to void Raleigh's lease of the former Dorothea Dix site.

Under the terms of a 99-year lease signed in December by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and former Gov. Beverly Perdue, the city would pay $500,000 a year – plus annual escalators – for the 325-acre site of a former mental hospital, allowing officials to convert into it into a major urban park.

The Senate is expected to debate next week a bill that calls for the lease to be renegotiated at a fair-market price, with the proceeds designated for mental health programs. Also, the state Department of Health and Human Services would be allowed to maintain its offices on part of the site.

Business leaders plan to voice their outrage over the bill at a Monday meeting of the Wake County Legislative Delegation. Officials of Red Hat Inc., Highwoods Properties Inc. and other major area employers are expected to speak during the 4 p.m. meeting at the Legislative Office Building.

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  • skeeter II Mar 24, 2013

    Were these business leaders outraged when it was learned that a group had worked for 10 years to have Dix closed so that the land was available for the PARK? I had not heard any outrage about that! The public should be outraged that a group of people "plotted" to have Dix closed so the land was available. They even sound "proud" of their accomplishment!!!!

  • doctoroe2 Mar 23, 2013

    The Dix Park project would be a huge engine of growth and prosperity for Raleigh. We're already one of the fastest growing cities. Dix Park would improve the QUALITY of the growth.
    Hopefully the Governor will veto this stupid move. But there's always the 2014 elections.

  • ykm Mar 23, 2013

    I believe corporations should be very humble. Lets not forget the 1.2 trillion in federal reserve spending these corporations are benefiting from. Negotiate a fair price and stop crying.

  • skeeter II Mar 23, 2013

    Where is the outrage of moving the Dix hospital patients to the new hospital out of town? The outrage of Raleigh losing a mental hospital does not seem to bother them!!!!!!!!!! I thank that is what they should be outraged over since a group of people worked for 10 years to close Dix so that they could get the land for a "Park"!

  • wral mods blow close my account Mar 22, 2013

    Sounds like voters remorse for the GOP legislature.

    Just remember to vote during the midterms.