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Governor, Mayor Sign Dix Agreement

News posted May 11, 2015 - 6:00 am
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Amidst applause in a sun-splashed open field on the Dorothea Dix campus, Gov. Pat McCrory and Mayor Nancy McFarlane today signed a purchase contract allowing the City of Raleigh to acquire the site from the State of North Carolina. The signing marked the next step toward realization of Dix Park, a project that was first discussed back in 2002.

Both Gov. McCrory and Mayor McFarlane said the signing of the Dix purchase contract is a “historic” event.

“We have traveled down a long road to get here today but it has been a journey well worth taking,” the mayor said, adding that she is looking forward to the planning process for developing a destination park at the 308-acre Dix site.

“It’s a great responsibility but what an opportunity. We will take our time. We will have an open process because we want to hear (the people’s) ideas,” Mayor McFarlane added.

Gov. McCrory said the signing of the Dix purchase contract was the culmination of a “team effort” between the State and City.

“The sale of this property allows Raleigh to move forward with a destination park … and it does honor the memory of Dorothea Dix in that it provides the State with funding for mental health services,” the governor said.

The Dix purchase contract was unanimously authorized by the North Carolina Council of State at its May 5 meeting. The Raleigh City Council approved the agreement on April 24. The City of Raleigh made a $2 million earnest money payment to the State of North Carolina following today’s signing of the purchase contract. The City is acquiring the Dix site for a total of $52 million.

Update, 5/11/15:
Governor, Mayor Sign Dix Agreement


The next step toward realization of Dix Park was taken on Monday, May 11, when Gov. Pat McCrory and Mayor Nancy McFarlane signed a purchase contract allowing the City of Raleigh to acquire the Dorothea Dix property. The signing ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. in an open area on the Dix site located just off of Barbour Drive.

The purchase contract was unanimously authorized by the North Carolina Council of State at its May 5 meeting. The Raleigh City Council approved the agreement on April 24. The City of Raleigh made a $2 million earnest money payment to the State of North Carolina following the signing of the purchase contract. The City is acquiring the 308-acre Dix site for a total of $52 million.

“The signing of this agreement will mark an important moment in the history not only of the City of Raleigh but the entire State of North Carolina,” Mayor McFarlane said. “I want to thank Governor McCrory, the Council of State, and members of the General Assembly for working with the City of Raleigh to preserve this important piece of state history with an agreement that ensures the Dix property will be preserved and developed for future generations to enjoy as a world-class destination park.”

Gov. McCrory said Raleigh is “gaining a destination park site and the State will gain funds to help our fellow citizens who need vital mental health services.”

Located near Downtown Raleigh on the south side of Western Boulevard east of Centennial Parkway, the property contains the Dorothea Dix Hospital and dozens of administrative buildings now used by state agencies. The site had primarily served as a mental health treatment facility since the first patient was admitted in 1856. However, the hospital was closed in 2012 after most services were transferred to the Central Regional Hospital in Butner. Under the terms of the proposed sale, the State will lease a portion of the campus that currently contains office buildings used by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Update, 5/5/15:

City Council Approves Contract to Acquire Dorothea Dix Property

The North Carolina Council of State voted unanimously to approve the State's sale of the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh.

Original post, 4/24/15:


The Raleigh City Council today unanimously approved a purchase contract to acquire the Dorothea Dix property from the State of North Carolina. The purchase price for the approximately 308-acre site is $52 million, under the agreement.

Under terms of the purchase contract:

  • The State will lease back from the City approximately 109 acres for its use. Part of the leased property could be used by the State for up to 10 years and other parts for up to 25 years. The State will be responsible for all maintenance and upkeep of the leased property;
  • If the City sells any of the acquired property or leases any of the parcels long term, the State will share equally in the net proceeds from the transaction. The sharing provision will be in place for no longer than 17 years;
  • The City and State will develop a joint-use agreement to share parking lots and other areas for special events and for periods when the State is not using the property it can lease; and,
  • The City and State will share equally, up to a maximum of $1.2 million, the cost of removing contaminated soil from a small area on the Dix site.

The North Carolina Council of State must review and approve the purchase contract in order for the deal become final. The Council of State is scheduled to vote on the agreement at its May 5 meeting.

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