Senate rejects compromise on Dorothea Dix property

From Staff ReportsJune 4, 2013 

The Senate voted Monday to reject a compromise Gov. Pat McCrory worked out with Raleigh over the Dorothea Dix property lease.

Former Gov. Bev Perdue and Raleigh officials agreed last year on a long-term lease that would allow the city to turn the Dix property into a park. The Senate wants to revoke the lease.

The compromise would allow the city and state another year to renegotiate an agreement. The new agreement could be a property lease or sale, and the city would keep some of the Dix land for state Department of Health and Human Services offices.

Two Senate Democrats from Raleigh argued the Senate should go along with the compromise, but it was rejected in a 29-17 vote.

Next, Senate and House negotiators will meet to try to work out an agreement that will pass both chambers.

Staff writer Lynn Bonner

House backs Red Route repeal

The House voted 98-12 to repeal a 2011 law that bars the state Department of Transportation from considering its proposed Red Route for the 540 Outer Loop in southern Wake County, which would destroy homes, parks and businesses in Garner.

The repeal was needed so DOT can study the Red Route to give environmental regulators a side-by-side comparison with the state’s preferred Orange Route, which would run through sensitive wetlands south of Garner.

The Senate approved the Red Route measure last week. The repeal does not take effect until the Senate approves sweeping House legislation to eliminate the state Highway Trust Fund and replace it with new guidelines for distributing transportation construction funds.

Staff writer Bruce Siceloff

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