The downtown area has inherently tight spaces. The lot and block design of the original subdivision plat limits the size of a contiguous block (300’ x 260’). The only way to accommodate a larger land use such as a hospital, is to close and use a few sections of the adjacent streets. If we want a modern full service hospital that serves the downtown, North End, East End and Southeast neighborhoods, then a compromise like closing a small section of street may be required. For the facility/asset we all receive, to me it is a small price to pay. Come on, this is a hospital serving our neighborhoods we are talking about. Let’s move forward and get these highly desirable hospital improvements built. If you or a loved one gets injured or sick and needs the hospital, the small inconvenience of going a few blocks around the hospital any other day will likely seem meaningless.
Robert C. Williams, Boise