State declines Raleigh's offer for Dorothea Dix property - offers alternatives

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Friday, July 18, 2014
Dorothea Dix campus (foreground) from the air.
Dorothea Dix campus (foreground) from the air.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- City officials said Friday that the state has turned down Raleigh's latest offer of $45 million to buy the Dorothea Dix property to turn it into a park.

Raleigh's offer July 3 was for the entire 307 acres of the property.

In its response, the state countered with a plan to sell the city 244 acres for $44 million, while retaining 64 acres for office space for the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a second alternative, the state mentions using land owned by NC State in Spring Hill for a DHHS campus.

In that scenario, the state would sell 281 acres to Raleigh for $57.7 million and keep 26 acres.

Raleigh leaders said they were studying the counter offers.

North Carolina closed the Dorothea Dix mental hospital on the site in 2012 and moved the last patients to Central Regional in Butner.

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