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NC Senate OKs redoing Dix lease for park

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 27 2013 05:50:20 AM CDT
RALEIGH -

(AP) - 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.