Boise & Garden City

Boise cancels St. Luke’s public hearings – for now

Instead of public hearings on April 7 and April 14, the Boise City Council will discuss St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center’s expansion plans at its April 14 meeting, the city announced Friday.

The council will not make a decision on the St. Luke’s proposal at the meeting. Afterward, the city will announce public hearing dates on St. Luke’s proposal to grow its Downtown Boise campus, which would include closing part of Jefferson Street.

Though the April 14 meeting will be open to the public, no public testimony will be allowed.

St. Luke’s leaders say closing the section of Jefferson just west of Avenue B is necessary for their plans to improve service to patients. Neighbors, especially people who live in the East End neighborhood east of Avenue B, worry that closing Jefferson will disrupt the ability to ride bicycles or walk quickly from the neighborhood into Downtown.

The delay in holding hearings is meant to give the council a chance to understand changes St. Luke’s made to its plan in response to those concerns.

“The Council also will explore alternative options for addressing connectivity and transportation concerns voiced by residents,” Friday’s release states.

If you can’t attend the April 14 meeting in person, you can stream it live here.