The state has finalized a $52 million sale of the Dorothea Dix property in southern Raleigh to the city government, Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced on Friday.
The transaction formalized a deal struck by the city and the state in May and ended years of negotiations over the 307 acres, which housed a psychiatric hospital until 2012.
“Our state capital will benefit from a new destination park, and we will honor the legacy of Dorothea Dix by dedicating all proceeds ... to improving mental health services across the state,” McCrory said in a statement.
City leaders plan to use the land as a park. They and McCrory wrangled with state senators who wanted to put the land up for auction.
The state will continue using part of the land, now occupied by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, for the next 25 years.
McFarlane said she looks forward to creating the destination park that many Raleigh residents want.
“I look forward and encourage the community to engage in the park visioning and public input process,” she said in a statement. “Together we are going to create a world class destination park that all North Carolinians can be proud of and enjoy.”