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Mayor McFarlane: Updated offer soon on Dix property

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The mayor of Raleigh says she believes there soon will be an agreement with Gov. Pat McCrory's administration to acquire land at a now-closed North Carolina mental hospital the city wants to convert into a regional park.

Nancy McFarlane made the comments Thursday following a closed-door Raleigh City Council meeting. She says an updated offer for the Dorothea Dix property near downtown could occur this week.

A 2012 lease agreement reached with then-Gov. Beverly Perdue was set aside by McCrory after lawmakers threatened to void it because they felt it wasn't a good transaction. Negotiations resumed, but they've been slow.

State government wants to keep some of the 300-plus acres for office space, as it's currently used. The two sides also have disagreed on who would foot environmental cleanup costs.

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