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BOISE -- Plans are in the works for some major changes to St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise.

While the development won't begin anytime soon, St. Luke's wants the public to be aware of the plans and a part of the discussion.

St. Luke's is still in the very early stages of planning.

But, they say upgrades and expansion is needed, especially to address a growing population in Boise.

St. Luke's says the Treasure Valley is expected to increase by 300,000 people by 2030.

That's one reason why they're planning to add patient rooms, and a children's pavilion.

They also want to modernize the hospital, including a new utilities center to replace the old, outdated one.

St. Luke's says the project is needed, but they want to make sure the community is on board.

Right now, St. Luke's is filing development plans with the city of Boise.

There will be public hearings for the public to weigh-in on the changes.

Again, these developments won't begin anytime soon and will take decades to complete.

The price tag of the expansion and upgrades is estimated at $300 to $400 million.

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