Meeker wants Dix land deal before leaving office :

RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh’s outgoing mayor says he hopes to get a land deal worked out with the state before he leaves office that would allow the city to buy the 306 acres of land currently occupied by the state’s oldest mental health hospital.

Charles Meeker has been in negotiations to turn the Dorothea Dix Hospital Campus into a park similar to New York’s Central Park when the mental health hospital eventually closes its doors and moves patients and operations to other state facilities.

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