RALEIGH — More than a thousand state Department of Health and Human Services employees work at the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh. But that could soon be changing, much sooner than some lawmakers think it should be.

“The legislature’s concern is that the governor is rushing this through far too quickly,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican, “and without full consideration.”

On Tuesday, the legislative DHHS Oversight Committee will meet. One agenda item is the consolidation of the agency. Earlier this year, the Department of Administration put out a bid for property for a new site.

But lawmakers wonder why the site of the current Dorthea Dix Hospital wasn’t even considered.

“Totally ignore plans that had been made for many, many years to at least consider and fully evaluate and price out what it would actually cost for us to either build or do a public-private partnership on the Dix campus,” said Dollar.

The Dix hospital recently shut its doors, which means a big part of the property is going unused.

Some have said they want a park to be built there for the city of Raleigh, but lawmakers said they want to make sure more offices shouldn’t be built there to help cut costs for consolidation.

“We in the General Assembly are very concerned about making sure the taxpayers are protected making sure we have the best options for consolidating the Department of Health and Human Services given the importance of the services they provide to citizens,” said Dollar.

For their part, the Department of Administration is not commenting prior to the meeting. But after news articles last week indicated that the property search was already narrowing amongst those who have put in property bids, DOA did send out a letter saying: "The fact is that discussion is ongoing and no proposals have been eliminated at this time."

The Legislative Oversight Committee meeting is Tuesday at 10 a.m.