Lawmakers want say in future of Dix Hospital land
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RALEIGH – State lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would mandate the General Assembly get a say in what happens to the property where Dorthea Dix Hospital currently sits in Raleigh.
The hospital is expected to fully close its door by the end of the summer and normal state procedure would allow the Council of State to determine what is done with the property. Lawmakers say because of the huge state Health and Human Services personnel presence on the land, legislators say they should get to determine what is done with the property.
“Plans have been made and iI just thought this would help put the money where it needs to be, and for us to have a say as a state,” Rep. Pat Hurley, a Randolph County Republican, said.
Some members of the Wake County delegation say they are still hopeful the hospital would not close its doors but want to make sure if it does, that money from the property will be directed toward mental health services.