City of Raleigh now official owner of Dorothea Dix property

Dorothea Dix property

The State of North Carolina has finalized the sale of the Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh, Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday.

The City of Raleigh had agreed to purchase the Dorothea Dix property from the state for $52 million in April and as of Friday, Raleigh is now the official owner of the more than 300-acre property.

“The Dorothea Dix sale is a big win for all of North Carolina,” said Gov. McCrory. “Our state capital will benefit from a new destination park, and we will honor the legacy of Dorothea Dix by dedicating all proceeds, nearly $52 million, to improving mental health services across the state.”

The agreement keeps in place the two parties’ goals of providing mental health care and space for the Department of Health and Human Services while still being able to develop a destination park for both Raleigh and North Carolina.

“Today is a significant moment in history for the city, as Raleigh officially assumes ownership of the Dorothea Dix Park property,” said McFarlane. “I want to thank Gov. McCrory for working with me the past two years on this final purchase agreement.”

McFarlane added that “…together we are going to create a world class destination park that all North Carolinians can be proud of and enjoy.”

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