Boise & Garden City

St. Luke’s hosting open house Monday on Downtown, East End Boise connections

St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center will offer virtual displays showing pathways and roadway improvements proposed as part of the hospital’s expansion of its Downtown campus.

Proposals include new bike and pedestrian routes, such as a two-way bike track around the campus and a 10-foot path through the heart of it, that would offset the loss of the section of Jefferson Street between Avenue B and 1st Street. St. Luke’s says the Jefferson closure is essential to its $400 million expansion plan. Other improvements include the addition of roundabouts and reworking of streets at several intersections near the campus.

People who live in the East End and other nearby neighborhoods have complained loudly about the proposed Jefferson closure, because it would cost them a popular route for driving, walking and biking through the northeast corner of Downtown.

The dispute is working its way through city government. The City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed expansion and closure for the second time May 19.

The open house is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Fort Boise Park.

St. Luke's representatives will be available to answer questions and provide additional information, according to a news release from the hospital.

This will be the latest in a series of meetings and other outreach events St. Luke’s has held on its proposed expansion. A community open house was held April 4 at Fort Boise Park. These ongoing opportunities enable community members to learn more about the project, ask questions and see proposed improvements by taking virtual tours.

If the The St. Luke's Boise development plan is approved, its construction will be phased in over seven years.