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For the week of Mar. 1 through Mar. 7, 2000

St. Luke’s proposes office building


By GREG MOORE and KEVIN WISER
Express Staff Writers

With construction of the St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center well underway and on schedule for completion in December, hospital officials are now seeking to construct a 40,000-square-foot medical office building and to modify their commitments related to highway improvements adjacent to the hospital.

The requests will be made in the form of two applications that will be heard by the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, March 9.

One application seeks a conditional-use permit to construct a 40,000-square-foot medical office building to be located on the St. Luke’s property just to the north of the hospital.

According to the P&Z agenda, the building will consist of a basement and two floors above ground level. The first-floor footprint of the proposed structure is 19,577 square feet.

The purpose of the office building, the agenda states, is to provide office space to physicians at the medical center.

St. Luke’s spokeswoman Hillary Furlong said the proposed building has been on a master plan for the site ever since St. Luke’s went before the P&Z seeking a conditional-use permit to build the hospital, which it obtained in January 1999.

In its second application, the hospital seeks to amend that permit’s conditions regarding Highway 75. Under the permit, the hospital cannot open until a five-lane highway is completed past the site. St. Luke’s is requesting that that condition be deleted since the Idaho Transportation Department has postponed its project to widen a section of the highway south of the hospital.

Furlong said St. Luke’s is requesting that the permit be amended to allow it to open after it constructs southbound entrance and exit turn lanes and realigns Broadway Run, which is across the highway but does not now line up with the hospital entrance.

The P&Z will consider the applications at 6:30 p.m., at the old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey.

Furlong said St. Luke’s should have a target date for opening the new hospital in about a month.

"We’re starting to lay out the specifics on how we’re going to transition the services and equipment," Furlong said.

 

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