Boise Chamber Supports St. Luke's Boise Development Plan

The Chamber is voicing its support of the St. Luke's Boise Development Plan, also known as the Master Plan.

“The Boise Chamber’s 30-member Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the St. Luke’s project.  From a pure economic development perspective, this would be like Boise landing a 10-story Microsoft research office.  Most American cities would fall over themselves to attract an investment of capital and high-end, green jobs like this project has.  As a bonus, it certainly makes our city healthier and more livable with such easy access to world-class care. It is a huge net positive for downtown Boise," said Chamber President and CEO Bill Connors.

Residents of Boise's East End neighborhood are upset the St. Luke's expansion will necessitate closing a block of Jefferson Street, a popular route providing the East End quick and safe access to downtown. To address. St. Luke's is also planning a 10-foot-wide path for bikers and pedestrians cutting through the heart of the campus on the section of Bannock Street that closed in the 1990s, among other improvements. "St. Luke’s officials say these paths, combined with a variety of other transportation improvements around the hospital, will more than make up for closing Jefferson Street between 1st Street and Avenue B," reported the Idaho Statesman.

Originally, the City Council planned to hold public hearings on the proposed St. Luke’s expansion Tuesday and April 14. Last week, though, the city announced it first wants to hold a workshop on April 14 to discuss details of the hospital’s plan. The city will schedule subsequent hearings and votes following that meeting.

The workshop will be open to the public, but no public testimony will be taken. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Council’s chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.