- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s top elected statewide officials have signed off on selling a 19th century house, building a chair lift at the State Fair and improving a downtown Raleigh square.

The Council of State voted Tuesday to sell the Heck-Andrews House for $1.5 million to the North Carolina Association of Realtors. The mansion was built around 1870 and is among several aging buildings state government is looking to sell.

The council - comprised of Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other officials - also agreed to lease State Fairgrounds land to a Sanford company to erect an “aerial lift” that could ease foot traffic at the fair each October.

Raleigh city officials also now are permitted to build restrooms and a food kiosk on the state-owned Moore Square.

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