Boise & Garden City

St. Luke’s hearing means early start to Boise council meeting Tuesday

The Boise City Council will start its Tuesday meeting at 5 p.m. to make extra time for a public hearing on St. Luke’s new expansion plan for its Downtown hospital.

The hospital system’s plan, which includes closing Jefferson Street between Avenue B and 1st Street, has proved controversial. If the council doesn’t sign off on St. Luke’s plan, the system has already said it will begin to shift its regional medical center to its Meridian facility.

Click here for some recent analysis of the discussion from reporter Sven Berg.

City staff say the meeting will start with 15 minutes for staff presentations, 30 minutes for St. Luke’s, 30 minutes for the East End Neighborhood Association and 15 minutes each for the North End and Downtown neighborhood associations. After that, the general public will have time to speak, with up to three minutes allowed per speaker.

Members of the public who wish to talk can sign up starting at 4:30 p.m. on a sheet outside of the council chambers.

The meeting will also be streamed live at Anyone who wishes to comment but can’t attend can email their comments to