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Utility line delays historic house moves near St. Luke's

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Posted at 5:16 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 12:37:24-05

BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE: The plan to move two historic homes in East Boise has been moved to next week. Officials hoped to start moving the houses last night, but they say they ran into some unforeseen problems with utility lines. That move has now been tentatively rescheduled for next Thursday night.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two more homes located on St. Luke's property near the Boise Medical Center will be moved to a temporary storage lot in East Boise tonight.

A house on the corner of Bannock and 2nd Street, and another on Jefferson Street, will be moved along a route that includes 2nd Street, Main Street, and Warm Springs Avenue. The homes will join others that moved last month and will be placed on a site near the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Drivers and pedestrians may need to take alternate routes or expect to wait for the houses to pass.

St. Luke's is working on modernizing the Boise hospital and improving access and care. The hospital is working to preserve the historic homes in the area. Two of the homes will remain on St. Luke's property, the other homes will be restored by a private developer and eventually put up for sale.