Crews work on grading the site at 27th & Fairview for a future St. Luke's Health System hospital and medical office building. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Initial site work is underway on a new hospital for St. Luke’s Health System in the Downtown Boise area – this one at 27th and Fairview, about two miles from the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center campus on Bannock St.

Phase one of the project has a value of about $11.25 million and will build the structure for a “new four-story hospital and medical office building,” with a total of about 230,000 square feet.

A large 5-story parking garage is also planned on the site. The health system applied for and was granted an exception to build more parking than was allowed on the site – with 670 stalls planned.

According to filings, the hospital portion of the building will be three stories tall, and feature both inpatient and outpatient specialty surgery, as well as an urgent care clinic, medical imaging, food and nutrition services, a lab, inpatient room, and various support functions.

The medical office side will have four stories with seven clinic suites and a rehab therapy suite.

A St. Luke’s spokesperson said the 27th St. site is also being used to stage materials for the current Children’s Pavilion project on the other side of downtown.

The new hospital is on the large block bound by Fairview Ave. to the north, 27th St. to the west, 25th St. to the east and Interstate-184 to the south. The lot historically was home to the Boise Junk House, Motor Service City and other service and industrial uses.

Site plan