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State of 208: Is Star the next Eagle?

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Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 01:02:15-05

Since it is the holidays it only seems appropriate that this week's State of 208 focuses in on the town of Star.

The once small western Ada County farm town is now on course to be the next Eagle, but don't tell that to city leaders. Even though it's easy to compare Star's current growth to what happened in Eagle twenty years ago, it's really not a fair comparison.

That's just fine with the town's mayor, who says they have something special happening in their town. Mayor Chad Bell has seen the changes first hand.

"We've been a bedroom community our entire existence, but like Eagle, Star is now at a bit of a crossroads," Bell added, "Now that we're growing this fast we're trying very hard to bring in more things, more business, more job opportunities, so we can transition a little bit."

You can't help notice as you enter town from the east, the long row of new businesses that the Mayor says are usually 95 to 100 percent full. For the longest time, the only store in town was the Star Mercantile, but Albertson's is breaking ground and soon along the highway, a new Ridleys will be built.

We should point out, it's not all work and no play. Hunter's Creek Park has plenty of space to stretch your legs, and it features a world class skateboard park, that was actually designed with the help of a professional skateboarder. Any way you look at it, Star is not Eagle, and it's future looks as bright, as a star.