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St. Luke’s considers an orthopedic facility on Boise’s West End

Preliminary drawings for the potential orthopedic clinic St. Luke's Health System is proposing for Fairview Avenue and 27th St. Image courtesy of St. Luke's Health System.

Preliminary drawings for the potential orthopedic clinic St. Luke’s Health System is proposing for Fairview Avenue and 27th St. Image courtesy of St. Luke’s Health System.

St. Luke’s Health System is in the initial permitting process to build a three- and four-story, 230,562-square-foot medical facility that will tower over Boise’s low-slung and largely undeveloped West End.

The facility will sit on 6.58 acres that St. Luke’s has owned since April 2009 at Fairview Avenue and 27th Street.

St. Luke’s spokeswoman Anita Kissée shies away from the terms “hospital” or “clinic,” though project architect Hummel Architects’s Aug. 24 submission to the city for a conditional-use describes the project as a hospital.

“This new facility is likely to support orthopedic specialty services,” Kissée wrote in an email.  “No final decisions have been made on the project.  For several years, planning teams have considered the best use for the property.  Analysis and significant due diligence led us to determine the location will optimally support outpatient clinic space and a short-stay inpatient facility with complementary imaging and surgical services.”

Plans filed with the city call for two wings. There would be a three-story outpatient and inpatient wing and a four-story medical office wing with seven clinics. St. Luke’s also proposes a 670-space parking garage.

Kissée said St. Luke’s would like to break ground in spring 2018.

The St. Luke’s facility would be the largest structure to date for the city-branded West End redevelopment of the Fairview Avenue-Main Street corridor between 22nd Street and Whitewater Park Boulevard (formerly 30th Street).

About Teya Vitu

Teya Vitu is an Idaho Business Review reporter, covering commercial real estate, construction, transportation and whatever else may intrigue him in the moment. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_TeyaVitu.

One comment

  1. michael f mcgilvery

    Just wondering how much the medical industry in this valley has spent in building new hospitals in the last 5 years. I question the need for all these buildings. Also the non profit status given to these business is starting to be overly excessive. Could it be that all the expenditures for new questionable buildings contribute to the hihg rise in medical costs?