Boise City Council Approves St. Luke’s Downtown Expansion

Bill Connors, President and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, testifies at the City Council hearing on the St. Luke's expansion last week

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Boise City Council approved St. Luke’s expansion of its downtown campus.  The addition of new buildings and remodel of older buildings will allow the hospital to provide state of the art care.  Additionally, it will be an economic development win for the downtown area.  The expansion will create high paying research jobs, healthcare jobs, and construction jobs during the project. 

In April, the Chamber's Board of Directors voiced unanimous support for the project.  Bill Connors, President and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (pictured left), and Clark Krause, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, both testified at the public hearing on the expansion.  The expansion will have a huge economic impact on the downtown area.  Investment in capital and jobs will be a big positive for Boise.  

Tuesday’s city council decision will not be the only hurdle for St. Luke’s.  The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) will also need to approve the expansion.  The closure of one block of Jefferson Street, where plans to expand the emergency room department require additional land, along with other road related issues, will call for approval from ACHD.  St. Luke’s hopes to receive the final green light on the project in the near future.