Senate OKs Cancelling Dix Lease For Park

Senate Republicans have pushed through a bill to throw out a lease that lets Raleigh build a large park on the old Dorothea Dix mental hospital campus. But not all GOP senators joined in support.

The Senate voted 29-21 Tuesday in favor of the measure its authors say fixes a bad deal on prime acreage overlooking downtown Raleigh as Gov. Beverly Perdue left office.

Dozens of Raleigh residents spoke out against a renegotiated lease at a public hearing Monday. Senate Democrats said during floor debate the change would reflect poorly on the state and harm efforts to establish a destination park in the Triangle.

Four Republicans -- three from Wake County -- joined all Democrats in voting against the measure, which now goes to the House.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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