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MARION - The developers of the STAR bond development in Marion have announced a name for the project.

Chad Holland of Millennium Development announced Wednesday the development will be named Boulder Creek at The Hill.

The announcement comes on the heels of Monday's announcement that Millennium Development hired the Ryan Companies to assist in developing the project.

Holland said developers want to promote and expand existing tourism throughout the region, in a news release Wednesday.

"When people hear the name Boulder Creek at The Hill, we hope they will consider not just the shopping, but the many outdoor activities Southern Illinois has to offer," Holland said in a news release.

Boulder Creek in Colorado is a popular recreational spot surrounded by thousands of acres of open space, nature preserves, hiking and bike trails, he said.

"In Southern Illinois, we hope that Boulder Creek at The Hill will become a destination location where families embrace the many activities that will surround this retail and recreational complex."

Marion Mayor Bob Butler said the name is distinctive and will work well for the project. Butler said the fact that the project now has a name is an encouraging sign.

"I think that finally we see movement taking place," he said. "I think the project is going to be getting off the ground very shortly."



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