Raleigh, NC -- Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration and the City of Raleigh are working on a deal to turn land where a North Carolina state mental hospital has stood into a regional park.
WRAL-TV reported Monday a tentative plan would have the state leasing the Dorothea Dix Hospital property to the city for several decades. The city would develop the park but lease some of the property back to the state. The station cited documents from Perdue's office and a key aide for Perdue.
The hospital served the state for 150 years but its last patients moved to another hospital this year. State health employees still work on the campus. The lease-back arrangement would give the state time to consolidate employees elsewhere.
The Council of State would have to approve any deal.