Fate of Dix Park lease now lies with the NC House (video)

It will now be up to the NC House to decide whether to preserve the original contract between then-Governor Bev Perdue and the City of Raleigh to lease the Dorothea Dix campus for a “destination park.”

The NC Senate voted 29-21 on Tuesday to scrap the deal that was inked three months ago, which would require the city would pay $500,000 a year to lease the land.

Republican Senator Ralph Hise told the chamber it was their “duty” to revisit the lease, assess the value of the land, and determine the needs of the Department of Health and Human Services, which maintains  offices on the property.

Democratic Senator Josh Stein said it was a farce to suggest this was about mental health services, noting there’s no intention by legislators to re-open or renovate Dix Hospital:

“This is about a lease you didn’t like, because it was signed by a governor you didn’t like, with a city you don’t like. That’s what this is about.”

Four Republican Senators (Sens. Chad Barefoot, Tamara Barringer, NealHunt, and Jeff Tarte) split with the majority and voted against Senate Bill 334.  None of them spoke during Tuesday’s floor debate.

To watch highlights from Tuesday’s Senate debate, click below:
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2 Comments

  1. Jeff S

    March 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    So basically, Tarte is the only Republican with any balls. The other three didn’t want to hurt their re-election chances.

  2. Jack

    March 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    It has been my experience that the state, through its many departments, do not hesitate to break its contracts and agreements on a regular basis with organizations it reaches out to.

    What the state is doing concerning Dix is standard operating procedure.