The site of an abandoned mental hospital in North Carolina is being transformed into the next 'Central Park.' Take a look.
- The city of Raleigh recently released a plan to convert the site of an abandoned mental hospital into a park.
- The hospital closed in 2012 after operating for more than 150 years. Before that, the site held a large slave-owning plantation.
- Raleigh hopes to renovate some buildings and tear others down to make way for an outdoor theater, athletic courts, sports fields, and botanical garden.
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It started with a blank canvas - 308 acres of land that had witnessed the best and worst of Raleigh's history.
In 2012, the North Carolina city began battling the state for ownership of a former slave-owning plantation that had been converted into a mental hospital in the 1850s. The hospital closed that year, though a small group of employees from the state's Department of Health and Human Services stayed behind.
Raleigh gained control of the land after formulating a plan to build a park on the near-abandoned site.
The city's goal is to create a space that connects many types of residents in Raleigh, from artists to techies to athletes. Local officials told Business Insider that they also hope to establish Raleigh as a place outsiders want to live and work.
The land, they've decided, will become North Carolina's "Central Park." Take a look at the city's plan for the site.