NC Senate OKs redoing Dix lease for park

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 08:19 PM

Senate Republicans have pushed through a bill to throw out a lease that lets Raleigh build a large park on the old Dorothea Dix mental hospital campus. But not all GOP senators joined in support.

The Senate voted 29-21 Tuesday in favor of the measure its authors say fixes a bad deal on prime acreage overlooking downtown Raleigh as Gov. Beverly Perdue left office.

Dozens of Raleigh residents spoke out against a renegotiated lease at a public hearing Monday. Senate Democrats said during floor debate the change would reflect poorly on the state and harm efforts to establish a destination park in the Triangle.

Four Republicans — three from Wake County — joined all Democrats in voting against the measure, which now goes to the House.