Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:31pm
A trio of senators has filed a bill to wipe away the lease of the Dorothea Dix site inked by Gov. Bev Perdue on her way out of office, throwing into limbo a plan that would turn the central Raleigh campus into a park.
"The 325-acre campus is home to a former mental hospital and many of the administrative offices for the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the terms of the Perdue-signed deal, the city would lease the property from the state for the development of a "destination park." Plans at the time of the deal called for DHHS to move off the property to another office complex.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 7:31pm
Little known fact for anyone interested in transparency in government or in Gov. Bev Perdue’s Hail Mary pass for a touchdown, as she leaves office: leasing Dix Hill for a park. I have been doing some research and calling usually well-informed sources about a section of a story that appeared in the N&O on Dec. 3rd.
It told of another plan for the use of the Dix Campus that would actually have benefited those with mental illness. (You know--those folks for whom the Dix Hill was created in the first place?) But I came up empty in finding out the whole story.
Matt Garfield wrote the story referencing NCSU's plans, and he brought up a plan that would have created a Mental Health Think Tank as well as a park and a Center to promote entrepreneurship. Sounded good to me. Unfortunately, it was not reported in the media until after the plans were cancelled at the last minute.
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