Medical

St. Luke's asks for exemptions as it readies next phase of Downtown campus project

With road construction and other infrastructure work in full swing at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise, the next phase of its multi-year expansion is getting ready to launch.

St Luke's officials have filed plans with the City of Boise for a combined parking garage and central plant - to be located on a block bound by State St., 1st St., Jefferson St. and 2nd St.

It is also planning to build a new shipping/receiving building across Jefferson St.

The land  currently hosts about a dozen converted homes and other buildings used by the Health System for offices and various functions. Some of those buildings, like the Bishop Foote Guest House, are being relocated.

The buildings will be replaced with a six-deck parking structure 

The garage would be six stories tall plus two basement levels, and provide parking for 1,130 vehicles, the number pegged in a 2013 parking demand study commissioned by the hospital system. According to floorplans, it will also include bike storage for 20 cycles, plus a repair area and station for Boise GreenBike. It would be designed to connect to a future medical office plaza that would extend over 1st St.

Site plan. New buildings in blue. Courtesy St. Luke's Health System.

Site plan. New buildings in blue. Courtesy St. Luke's Health System.

The project will need a conditional use permit from the City of Boise. A hearing is set for May 7th at 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall in front of Boise's Planning and Zoning Commission. 

The hospital system is asking for two exemptions for the garage/central plant portion of the project:

  • The height of the garage tower exceeds City of Boise standards for the area by 15 feet due to the height of an elevator tower according to documents filed by St. Luke's and its architect. 
  • The building would also be positioned right up to the right-of-way along Jefferson St. and 2nd St - and part of 1st St.  City guidelines dictate a minimum 20-foot setback. The application letter says the encroachment is needed to fit all the needed equipment in and provide the desired amount parking on the block.
    • St. Luke's says if it isn't permitted to build the structure in the way it has outlined, it would require building up ten stories instead of six. "Making a change like this would likely decrease the efficiency of the garage and would increase time required to get in and out of the garage. Building lower than we currently are would be cost prohibitive, as we are already showing 2 parking levels below grade."

A second building next door on the block bound by Jefferson St., 1st St., Bannock St. and 2nd St. would house shipping and receiving - with rooms for trucks to load and unload equipment for the campus, to be distributed via a network of underground tunnels. SLHS is asking for setback variances for this building as well:

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  • 15 foot encroachment on 2nd St.
    • Requested to "accommodate the turning radius of the semi-trucks and compactor trucks."
    • SLHS says if this is not approved, it would have to flip the building - which would expose loading docks to 2nd St. It has provided a rendering. It also says flipping the building would require a "concrete drive aisle all along street front. The area available would not be adequate for a standard semi’s turn radius which would require smaller trucks making more trips which would dramatically increase the truck traffic on the streets.
  • 20 foot (full) encroachment on Bannock St.
    • Requested to "accommodate for the requirements of bulk medical gas storage." 
    • If not approved, SLHS says it would lose one loading dock, storage space and a generator set. "These would have to be relocated to a future expansion in another part of the campus which would add a level of complexity to the electrical system."
    • A St. Luke's spokesperson tells BoiseDev "(We) redesigned this to be a better neighbor by flipping the delivery area from the outside of the building along the street to the inside. This will quieter, and more attractive from the street, as the area facing the road will look like a typical St. Luke’s brick building."
  • 14-foot encroachment on Jefferson St.
    • SLHS says the City has indicated it is not as "concerned about the setback requirements for internal facing property lines." 

Tanning club out, vet clinic in

Old Beach Club Tanning via Google Earth

Old Beach Club Tanning via Google Earth

The old Beach Club Tanning Salon on Beacon Street is going to the dogs.

And the cats.

Veterinary Wellness Centers has applied to convert the 1800 square foot space for routine checkups, vaccinations and minor injury care.

From the application:

"Veterinary Wellness Centers' goal is to simplify veterinary medicine. The majority of veterinary  outpatient visits require relatively low overhead and only a basic facility to achieve their objective. Following our model, we will make delivering veterinary care cost effective, efficient and pleasant for pet owners who want to give their pets the care and comfort they deserve."

The clinic will have dog and cat exam rooms, radiology, a lab and pharmacy and a ward for animals.

The project has to get a conditional use permit from the City of Boise, and that process is underway.

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Hospital shuffle: Soon-to-close hospital to be replaced with psych facility

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Once a long-term care facility on Bonito Way in Meridian closes, it will be revamped into a new 72-bed psychiatric care facility owned by Haven Behavioral Healthcare of Nashville, TN.

Earlier this week, BoiseDev reported Vibra Hospital in Meridian would move to Boise and replace the Southwestern Idaho Advanced Care facility on Franklin Rd. 

Lender MedEquities says Haven will pay $7.7 million to purchase the current hospital and spend $11.3 million to remodel and upgrade the facility for use as a psych hospital. The news release does not specifically list the soon-to-be vacated Vibra facility, but two sources confirmed the plans to BoiseDev.com.

MedEquities said the new hospital will be aligned with Sage Healthcare - a large psychiatric physician group in the area. 

This will be Haven's seventh for-profit psych hospital, joining buildings in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The consolidation of the Vibra Meridian hospital and Boise Southwest Idaho Advanced Care facility will result in more than 130 job cuts, according to filings with the State of Idaho.

Boise hospital to close, lay off employees

Courtesy Ernest Health

Courtesy Ernest Health

The Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital on Franklin Rd. in Boise is closing this winter, according to a filing with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Ernest Healthcare LLC told the State it would close the hospital and lay off 135 employees in coming months. The filing was made under provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act, which requires employers cutting more than 100 employees to give 60 days notice of the closure.  The WARN filing for the Boise hospital was made January 3rd.

The Boise location will not remain empty long, as Vibra Hospital of Boise will leave its current location on Bonita Way in Meridian to move to the Franklin Rd. complex.  The Vibra hospital will decrease from 60 beds to 40 as part of the move.

Both the Franklin Rd. and Bonita Way hospitals currently serve as long-term acute facilities - a place for patients to go who need long-term care from injury or illness and are discharged from larger hospital facilities like St. Luke's or Saint Alphonsus.

"We are constantly evaluating our portfolio to look for ways to more efficiently provide services in our communities," Vibra Divisional President Sean McCarthy said in a prepared statement.  "This consolidation of services gives us the right number of beds to meet the needs of patients in the Treasure Valley and throughout the state of Idaho." 

Ernest Health officials did not immediately return a request for further comment.

The 125 job cuts are the most for a Boise-area employer since Motive Power laid off more than 200 people in early 2016, according to filings with the Idaho Department of Labor.

St. Luke's plans to build another downtown Boise hospital - updated with renderings

New renderings filed with the City of Boise show what a new St. Luke's campus on the west side of downtown near the Boise River could look like if approved and built:

PREVIOUS STORY - AUGUST 28: St. Luke's plans to build another downtown Boise hospital

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While St. Luke's Health System works on a total revamp of its historic downtown campus on Bannock St., it has another hospital in Downtown Boise in the works.

SLHS filed a conditional use permit application with the City of Boise for two buildings at 2619 W. Fairview Ave. - a hospital structure and a parking garage.

The hospital building would be four stories high according to renderings, with a five-story parking garage. 

The current dirt lot near 27th Street once housed the Thirftway Home Center and was part of the bustling Fairview Ave. corridor before the completion of the Broadway-Chinden Connector changed traffic patterns in the area 25 years ago this month, leading to decline. This site shouldn't be confused with the nearby Americana & Shoreline location that is a possible future home for a Boise ballpark.

The 27th & Fairview hospital building would have the standard St. Luke's brick, bronze and stucco look. The garage would have space to park more than 700 cars and 68 bicycles - nearly two-thirds more vehicle spaces than is required by the City of Boise. 

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Site plan

St. Luke's says it hasn't yet made a final decision on the project, but communications manager Anita Kissee said the health system is "in the midst of the next Planning and Zoning steps, which includes filing a conditional use permit. "

The CUP notes the location could support outpatient clinic space and a "short-stay inpatient facility with complementary imaging and surgical services." Orthopedic specialty services are also likely to be in the mix, according to SLHS officials. Nearly 4,000 square feet of permeable athletic turf is also planned for the site.

Saint Alphonsus Health System also announced plans for a hospital downtown - just blocks from the main St. Luke's facility

New senior living complex planned in Barber Valley

Boise's Barber Valley will get another senior living facility if a plan by Brighton Corp. is approved by the City of Boise.

The Veranda at Barber Valley would be built on E. Barber Valley Drive near Marianne Williams Park. The 72,000 square foot complex would be split into two parts according to filings, including an assisted living area and memory care facility.

"The building has been pushed towards E. Barber Valley Dr., as the owner wanted to bring in some feeling of Bown Crossing to the development," Chris Borders of Babbock Design wrote in the application. 

This will be the area's second Veranda Senior Living - after a location under construction in Meridian. It will also be the second senior facility in Barber Valley - including the nearby Terraces of Boise

The project will now go through Boise's design review process for approval.

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Saint Alphonsus plans neighborhood hospital in St. Lukes' neighborhood

Saint Alphonsus Health System has filed plans with the City of Boise to build a neighborhood hospital in Downtown Boise, across from St. Luke's Health System's support services campus (the former MK/WGI/URS campus).  It's also less than a mile from the original St. Luke's Regional Medical Center campus.

"A neighborhood hospital is a new approach to providing convenient, expedient access to emergency services and short-stay, low-acuity inpatient beds for a local neighborhood," Saint Alphonsus Public Relations and Digital Strategy Manager Josh Schlaich said. "As a smaller hospital facility with 24/7 emergency access, the neighborhood hospital in downtown will improve access for the community, helping to respond to the increased number of patients (and increased level of acuity) we're seeing in our current ER at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on Curtis Road.

The 18,215 square foot medical building would be located next to Whole Foods and would feature eight exam rooms, imaging department and room for eight inpatient beds.

The two-story building would also include emergency care services, a pediatric exam room, a meditation/bereavement area and conference room. It would also feature an ambulance bay, and would be Saint Alphonsus' seventh area emergency room.

Forty-eight parking spaces would be added to the site.  The hospital would replace temporary employee parking for Whole Foods on the site.

In 2007, City of Boise planning staff had approved a 17-story mixed-use project on the site that would have included a hotel as well as Whole Foods.  The 2008 economic downturn scuttled those plans.  When the economy began to recover, the existing Walgreens and Whole Foods were built in separate buildings.

St. Luke's to move historic home, construction office

Courtesy St. Luke's Health System

Courtesy St. Luke's Health System

  • Move a-Foote: St. Luke's Health System is shuffling things around in advance of its big expansion.  The Bishop Foote Guest House will move from its current spot at 2nd and Jefferson to an area over by the Pioneer Cemetery on Ave B.  A separate construction office will also move to the Ave. B site, if the City of Boise signs off.
  • Use and history: The Bishop Foote house was built in 1935. In 1972 it became an outpatient home for adults and has been owned and operated by the hospital for the last 40 years. More than 100,000 people have stayed in the two-story home. 
  • Hey neighbors: St. Luke's will hold a required neighborhood meeting on both buildings at 6 p.m. on May 25th in the Anderson Conference Center.
  • Not-AKA: The Bishop Foote Guest House is not to be confused with The Bishop's House - a home formerly owned by St. Luke's that was built in the late 1890's, and was home to former Episcopal Bishop Foote. That home is now located out by the Old Pen.
  • More to come? Probably. The plans for the downtown hospital show lots of places where homes are now to be used for new facilities. SLHS already owns most if not all of the land.  A consultant for the hospital system said in 2014 of most of the homes: "that the historic context associated with the study area is not considered significant to the history of Boise."  The Bishop Foote house was listed as an exception to the rule.

Cars or no? City, St. Luke's work to find solution to Bannock design

The City of Boise and St. Luke's are trying to decide the future of a current plaza through the Health System's Downtown Boise campus. Don Day/BoiseDev.com

The City of Boise and St. Luke's are trying to decide the future of a current plaza through the Health System's Downtown Boise campus. Don Day/BoiseDev.com

Don Day
BoiseDev.com

St. Luke’s Health System and the City of Boise continued to tangle over the future of Bannock Street through the downtown Boise hospital campus.

During a three-day process designed to resolve conflicts and map out solutions, the two sides worked to build consensus on a wide array of issues regarding the upcoming revamp of the downtown hospital.

The two sides were joined by members of the community - including East End neighbors, an official with CCDC, a high school student and commuters. 

During the sessions, St. Luke's and City of Boise officials were able to find common ground on many design issues during the sessions - but conflict arose several times during a Thursday session attended by BoiseDev about the idea of allowing vehicles to again travel on Bannock St. as they did before 2004 when a single block of the street near 1st St. was closed to cars.

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In the spring of 2016, the City of Boise agreed to allow for the closure of nearby Jefferson St., after hearing hours of testimony over several days from folks both in favor of and opposed to the closure.  The hospital says it needed to close Jefferson to facilitate a large expansion project - but many neighbors in the East End complained it would cut off the only east-west access route through the entirety of Downtown.

Bannock St. between MSTI and the "Main Hospital" is current closed to all but pedestrians and cyclists. City officials want to see it opened to include vehicle traffic.

Bannock St. between MSTI and the "Main Hospital" is current closed to all but pedestrians and cyclists. City officials want to see it opened to include vehicle traffic.

As a compromise of sorts, Boise City Council required St. Luke's to give it an easement down Bannock, which is currently closed to traffic.  How that new crossing will function in the future hasn't yet been determined - which is leading to the current conflict.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter strongly advocated for opening up the street to not just bikes - but cars.  His central argument is  limited vehicle use would boost the safety of cyclists on the street.

"I ride this all the time and I have to get off and walk it because no one is cued to a bicycle," he said. 

City council member Elaine Clegg agreed.

“If people know that a car may be there, they will treat that space differently," she said. "I think the pro of having vehicles allowed changes the perception of the space and makes everyone more careful."

The mayor also noted that putting together a plan that gives cars access to Bannock would help with public perception after the contentious public testimony last year that led to the approval of closing Jefferson.

Stakeholders tour the Bannock St. plaza. Photo courtesy St. Luke's Health System

Stakeholders tour the Bannock St. plaza. Photo courtesy St. Luke's Health System

“It’s kind of a moral victory to losing Jefferson," he said. "We have to get a majority of council members (to approve the plan) — and I think this is a big deal towards doing that."

Bieter says he thinks his constituents want to see a way through the campus with the pending closure of Jefferson.

"After all the hours of public testimony and outreach and discussion, the only thing that... threw a bone to people… was the ability to go through this (with cars)."

Peter Lawley with TDG General Contractors, who was hired by St. Luke's to facilitate the discussion - asked if there was a way to get that goodwill without allowing cars to travel the stretch.

 “If we designed it in such a way that we got a lot of community goodwill but didn’t open it up for traffic - does that get you enough goodwill to be able to go back to the community to get that goodwill? Does that get us enough goodwill that we can let go of the car thing?”

“I don’t think it does," Bieter said. "I do believe that you get a better bicycle experience when you allow (cars)."

City officials said that areas like the Basque Block and 8th Street between Main and Bannock show that allowing minimal traffic can lead to a vibrant area with mixed-use.

"I completely appreciate the Basque Block and 8th street and it’s vibrant and you go have dinner there," St. Luke's West Region CEO Kathy Moore said. "I guess the question is, is that what you want for your hospital stay? What we see here on campus (along Bannock)  is people who are struggling and who are facing end of life situations. They are wanting that opportunity to sit and to reflect. "

Moore said she thinks that the community puts as much emphasis on traffic through campus as the ability to have a calm place.

"I struggle with this comparison to the commercial district. People have an expectation of safety when they come on our campus and they need to be safe when they do so," she said.

"With all due respect," Bieter said, "I’m not calling it the same as the Basque Block and 8th Street. "It didn’t freak people out to come to St. Luke's in 2004 - it was just twelve years ago. They didn’t feel mortal danger twelve years ago."

Bieter and Clegg pointed to a new green space that will be created on Jefferson when that street is closed as an area where those types of activities could take place.

“I think it’s unfortunate to limit park space to one place,” Moore said.

“You’re taking out a street though," the mayor said pointedly. "You’re taking out a whole public right way on Jefferson when that street is closed - and it's an area where those types of activities could take place."

St. Luke's officials pointed to the location of Bannock on the campus - with employees, patients and others using the current plaza to move between the main building and the south tower which would create new car/pedestrian conflicts if the stretch were opened up.

Bieter thinks all the goals can be accomplished.

“I think we can do both," he said. "It’s not Jefferson. It’s not going to be like Jefferson in the way that it is now. I think you serve both better. "

Clegg advocated in favor of opening the street to cars - and then gauging the impact.

“Let’s design it to allow cars, to let them use it," she said. "If it’s proven that the cars are such a danger… we’ll cut em off!"

Bieter closed on a conciliatory tone and noted that the two sides made lots of progress, even though there was no agreement on the vehicle issue.

“It’s a big big deal to do this today, and we appreciate it.”

Moore also noted she found value in the dialogue.

"It really is St. Lukes' desire to be a good neighbor. I think we’ve come to a good spot today.  We don’t have to agree on everything, right? But we do have to agree to dialogue and share.

Lawley says Thursday's meetings helped move the process forward.

“There is enough consensus now on the design to move forward and develop some of the details for that design," Lawley said in a statement provided by St. Luke's after the meeting. "We don’t yet have consensus on how the space will operate, and whether those operations are to include vehicles or not, or to allow vehicles but maybe restrict the time of day they can access the space, etc.”

Video: New Saint Alphonsus Nampa takes shape

The new Saint Alphonsus Nampa Hospital is coming along - with an opening set for this summer.  The health system shared this 360 degree video tour of an area that will soon be the front lobby of the facility at I-84 and Garrity Blvd.

The $80 million hospital will be 240,000 square feet - and replace an aging hospital on 12th Avenue in the state's second-largest city. 

Going up: St. Lukes takes steps for new elevators

Photo courtesy St. Luke's Health System

Photo courtesy St. Luke's Health System

St. Luke's Health System's Boise medical center is about to get an uplifting upgrade: more elevators.

The current main public elevator system is often crowded and slow as it services ten stories and several basement levels - busy areas filled with patients, visitors and guests.

To add capacity, workers are actually cutting new holes in each of the floor plates to retrofit two additional lifts across from the current three.  That's caused crews to shuffle things around and barricade the area on each of the hospital's floors.

Director of Architecture and Construction Jeff Hull with St. Luke's says the project is quite involved:

"We are upgrading seven elevators that we installed in the early 90s, four patient/staff, and the three main public elevators," he told BoiseDev.com via a spokesperson.

Work on the additional elevators is already underway.

Then crews will "systematically upgrade the existing seven, one at a time. This work will probably take a couple of years to complete. When done with this project we will have nine brand new elevators that should serve us well into the future."

Saint Alphonsus plans new medical clinic

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group plans a new clinic adjacent to the Boise hospital.

The 13,000 square foot facility will be built on a portion of the former West Junior High location on Emerald St., and joins a corridor dotted with health facilities, including a new skilled nursing complex to be built to the east on another part of the former junior high site.

The clinic will feature 30 exam rooms, lab facility, x-ray room, plus various offices and staff areas. It will carry the medical group's now-standard architectural design with bright red roof and stonework - as seen at Bown Crossing, Lake Hazel and other areas around SW Idaho.

The new facility is valued at $2.7 million and will break ground soon.

 

After mayor's disappointment in Bannock St. plan, City & St. Luke's make deal to put off changes

Don Day
©2016, BoiseDev.com - EXCLUSIVE

The current Bannock St. coridoor

The current Bannock St. coridoor

The City of Boise & St. Luke's Health System continue to wrangle over the future of transportation on the health system's Boise campus, with exclusive new information obtained by BoiseDev.com shedding light on a key change to the road ahead.

The Bannock St. corridor highlighted in red

The Bannock St. corridor highlighted in red

Earlier this month, as first reported by Boise Weekly, the council and St. Luke's officials held an extensive workshop to review all the proposed changes to the transportation network as the campus expands as part of its master plan.

After hours of testimony and stiff opposition from neighbors in the East End Neighborhood Association, the City finally decided to overturn an earlier planning & zoning commission decision to not allow the closure of Jefferson St.

At the time, the City won an easement down Bannock St. in exchange for closing Jefferson among several other concessions in the deal.

Flash forward to October, as the mayor & city council went through the changes outlined by St. Luke's, they were in large part happy with the ideas and execution- including a cycle track, roundabouts, added lanes and more (video of the meeting).

Bieter as he tells SLHS reps of his anticipation of Bannock concept.

Bieter as he tells SLHS reps of his anticipation of Bannock concept.

As the conversation turned to Bannock, Boise mayor Dave Bieter was visibly excited.

"I ride it four times a week, probably more. We’re doing great so far. Let’s see how we do here."

SLHS officials methodically laid out a plan for Bannock which included straightening out the current "zig zag" path, widening the sidewalk and adding paver brick along the edges, among other changes.

After that portion of the presentation, the mayor's tone had changed markedly.

Bieter expresses his 'disappointment'

Bieter expresses his 'disappointment'

"I’m really disappointed in this piece. And I hoped I wouldn’t."

A testy exchange between Mayor Bieter and the SLHS representatives ensued, as they worked to explain their plans. The mayor was visibly upset.

"The reason we worked so hard on the easement, and the reason the easement went to the City rather than ACHD was the activation with the public. (We wanted it to be) more like the Basque Block… than a courtyard.”

Rendering of proposed changes to Bannock St. corridor, via St. Luke's Health System as presented to Boise City Council

Rendering of proposed changes to Bannock St. corridor, via St. Luke's Health System as presented to Boise City Council

“This was done in the understanding of, ‘wait a minute, we just took a whole public street away,’ and the tradeoff was to give this back in a fundamental way," Bieter said.

As the conversation went on, a project manager with St. Luke's was working to further explain the vision.

“The use of this space, functionally, will not change," St. Luke's Project Manager Mark Bowen said. "You still have the functions north that don’t change the use of it. The design is not the culmination of one workshop. There have been numerous conversations in the public ——"

Bieter then cut him off mid-sentence.

“Excuse me — part of the conversation with the public was here," Bieter said, referring to the very public meetings this spring in front of City Council. "Not just in the sidebars - it was a fundamental conversation here.”

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"Please bring us some other alternatives. You've worked hard and done well in other areas. I fundamentally believe in fairness to this whole process, and this is not it," Bieter said.

That's where the public conversation ended. But off-the-record discussions continued.

BoiseDev.com has learned the City and St. Luke's made a deal after the meeting to hold off on making any changes to Bannock. Councilor Maryann Jordan first raised the idea to wait during the October meeting - but the final consensus from the council during the public meeting was for St. Luke's to have another go at plans for the plaza.

St. Luke's officials conceded that the public told them they felt the current Bannock St. configuration wasn't open to the public.  And for now at least - that configuration won't be changing.

Instead, the process will be put on an indefinite hold.

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"After on-going conversations with the City of Boise, it’s been agreed that the discussion centered on the Bannock block is premature, and should continue later in the project development," SLHS spokesperson Anita Kissée said.

She went on to note that Bannock is just one piece of the puzzle.

"Significant improvements are planned for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle transportation infrastructure in the area around St. Luke’s. Bannock is just one part of that complex integrated system."

For now, any ideas on how to improve Bannock, open up public access and what the final use of what will soon be the only east-west egress through the large St. Luke's campus will have to wait - with no date set for when to address the changes.

"It makes good sense to let all the other aspects of the design develop and play out, and all the other transportation elements be built and utilized, in order to best understand how they operate together and their impacts," Kissée said. 

City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee confirmed the deal to hold off -"with the intent that they will look at their options for Bannock for a later discussion," he said. "As you know. they are very aware that the Mayor and council expect a more robust treatment."

Journee wouldn't comment on what, if any, assurances the city has that St. Luke's will ultimately make changes to Bannock.

 

BSPR: St. Luke's to find new home for iconic tree

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It used to be decorated with Christmas lights each year. It nearly died. The Idaho Statesman named it one of 150 Boise icons. Many feared it would be chopped down.  

Instead, the giant sequoia tree near St. Lukes' Boise campus will be moved to a new home, according to Boise State Public Radio.  

The heath system will spend $300k to move it to nearby Fort Boise. 

The tree has to get out of the way of the hospital's expansion project. 

Gardner Co. to build new medical office

Don Day
BoiseDev.com

EXCLUSIVE

BOISE - Gardner Co. continues to add to its development portfolio - adding a new project on a long-empty piece of land in east Boise.

The company applied to convert a dusty empty lot next to Fish and Game Headquarters on Walnut Street into a medical office building.

The piece of land was once home to a warehouse structure and was part of the Morrison Knudsen campus in the area - but that structure was demolished at some point between 2006 and 2009 according to historical aerial imagery.

Now, Gardner plans to build a 27,000 square foot medical office building on the site, with associated parking for 124 cars. Site plans show it being home to two separate, unnamed medical offices.

The building would feature a brick and EIFS (aka stucco) facade with aluminum accents.

The building will go through Boise's design review process -- first stop an October 12th review at city hall.