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Council of State approves NC hospital land sale to Raleigh

RALEIGH (AP) — The long-negotiated deal to sell North Carolina government property where a mental hospital stood for more than 150 years in Raleigh is complete.

Top executive branch elected officials voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale terms of the old Dorothea Dix site to Raleigh for $52 million.

Gov. Pat McCrory praised the deal, which he says benefits Raleigh residents and the state’s taxpayers.

The city has wanted for years to use land near downtown for a regional park. A 2012 agreement was scuttled when legislators balked at the sale price.

The terms lease back to the state some land where health department employees work for up to 25 years. Raleigh city leaders approved the deal last month and now must find money to pay for it.

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