Boise & Garden City

More Boise neighborhoods invited to St. Luke’s expansion meeting

Representatives of three neighborhood associations and a business advocacy group have been invited to a Boise City Council meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed expansion of the St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center’s Downtown Boise campus.

Besides St. Luke’s officials, representatives of the East End, North End and Downtown Boise neighborhood associations are expected to participate in the meeting. The Downtown Boise Association also is expected to attend.

This is the council’s second informal meeting on the proposed expansion. The first meeting was April 14. A representative of the East End neighborhood participated.

Tuesday, the council will set aside time for the public to ask questions, according to a city press release. To ask a question, send an email with the subject line “St. Luke’s Question” to citycouncil@cityofboise.org by 5 p.m. Monday. The city will provide note cards at the meeting so that people can submit questions.

“City staff members will collect and sort all questions by topic and relevancy, and eliminate duplicates or topics that will be addressed at later sessions or hearings,” according to the city press release. “The questions will be read aloud at the meeting and the appropriate participants will respond.”

If the St. Luke’s expansion moves forward, the council will hold another hearing at which members of the public will be allowed to speak on the record.

While the hospital’s proposed $400 million expansion would affect people who live and work in several areas around the St. Luke’s downtown campus, East End residents have been especially vocal. They’re concerned about the hospital’s proposed closure of Jefferson Street between Avenue B and 1st Street — a favorite bicycling, walking and driving connection between the East End and Downtown.

To offset the loss of that stretch of Jefferson Street, the hospital is offering to build a two-way bicycling path around its Downtown campus and a 10-foot-wide path through the middle of it. Additionally, St. Luke’s would front the money for overhauls of several intersections near the campus.

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