State Senators Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Louis Pate (R-Wayne) and Tommy Tucker (R-Union) today filed a bill (SB 334) to revamp the lease of the Dorothea Dix hospital campus to the city of Raleigh that was approved in the closing days of the Gov. Perdue administration. The deal, seen by many as an attempted by the out-going Governor Perdue to build a legacy for her Administration was widely criticized at the time.
The bill would require:
- The return of the land currently leased by the City of Raleigh to the control of the State.
- For the Department of Administration, in compliance with State law, to investigate possible State requirements for the land.
- The Department of Administration to lease to the City of Raleigh at fair market value an area of the campus identified in the 2007 State Government Facilities Master Plan as suitable for a public park.
- Reserves a part of the campus for use by the State Department of Health and Human Services which currently has over 2,000 workers onsite who would need to be moved under the current lease.
- Allocates all proceeds from the lease for the benefit and treatment of North Carolina’s mentally ill.