As many Boise residents are aware, St. Luke’s Boise has proposed a master plan for the expansion of their campus and are asking for approval of the plan from the Boise City Council. The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission already recommended denying St. Luke’s proposed plan. For some time the residents of the East End Neighborhood directly east of the St. Luke’s campus have voiced their concerns on how the proposed plan impacts both car and pedestrian access. On this episode of Building a Greener Idaho I speak with two East Enders about their perspective on the proposed master plan and how it will affect access to and from the neighborhood. Among other issues we discuss, one central topic is the proposed permanent closure of Jefferson St. which is one of two car and bike routes to downtown from the East End. I speak with longtime East End residents Charlie Honsinger and Deanna Smith about their perspectives on the proposed expansion and their engagement with St. Luke’s and the City of Boise around this issue. Charlie is involved in the Keep Boise Connected group that is promoting connectivity and saving public access to Jefferson Street and Deanna is a board member of the East End Neighborhood Association. Part two of the series will be a conversation on April 14th with representatives from St. Luke’s and the City of Boise. The St. Luke’s Master Plan will be considered in a City Council Work Session in City Hall on Tuesday April 14th. No public comment will be taken at that time however the public will have a chance to weigh in at a later date. Tune in to the next show Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm via 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM Boise, or stream the show live on www.radioboise.us. Click the podcast player below to listen to the show.
Boise East Enders on the St. Luke’s Master Plan
April 6, 2015 by Charlie Woodruff