There are two reasons to celebrate tomorrow in Tempe, Election Day and the opening of the Hayden Flour Mill

Yes, tomorrow is Election Day in Tempe…so go vote! But it’s also an extremely important day for another reason. The beloved Hayden Flour Mill opens tomorrow to the public for the first time in 15 years. The fences come down Tuesday and the public will be allowed to explore the grounds. What a great day it will be!

As a business owner, I pushed for this project which has been a year in the making.

Looking at the Mill, which had fallen on hard times, I felt those silent silos had been ignored for too long. I felt a piece of our history was slipping away. We had to do something.

We reached out to Mayor Hugh Hallman. We reached out to City Hall, specifically Chris Anaradian, Tempe’s Community Development Director.  Mr. Anaradian was thinking along the same lines and invited me and my business partner, Eddie Goitia, to attend a meeting with the Downtown Tempe Community to brainstorm.  From there ideas took shape.

 It is because of dedicated leaders such as Mayor Hallman and his team at City Hall that Tempe will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind open space and special event venue that lends an iconic touch to Tempe’s landscape.  Mayor Hallman led the drive to get substantial private sector donations to assist this effort.

This is a classic example of government looking to do something bold and innovative, and the people of Tempe can expect more of the same should I be fortunate enough to be elected Mayor.

 Look for immediate dividends from the Flour Mill. Events will want to stage at this unique venue.

And I’d like to think we came up with a few other great ideas in this campaign too. Check them out for yourself at


Michael Monti
Owner, Monti’s La Casa Vieja
Candidate for Tempe Mayor


 Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona.  He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.  Don’t forget Election Day is May 15th!

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to
P.O. Box 24476, Tempe, AZ 85285

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save  rather than spend tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods and services
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials
  • An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office
  • Recruiting and retaining top teachers and professors
  • A North/South Tempe Summit

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Former Tempe Council Member and mayoral candidate Linda Spears
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Senator Jon Kyl
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Council Member Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
  • Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
  • Former State Senator and Tempe Council Member Bev Hermon
  • Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton
  • Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
  • Former State Senator Gary Richardson


 To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to (@monti4mayor).

Hayden Flour Mill fences to come down on May 22

Public welcome to explore grounds for first time in nearly 15 years

It’s been nearly 15 years since the public has been allowed on the grounds of the Hayden Flour Mill.

The mill and silos have been locked behind fences since 1998. Tempe’s most iconic buildings have been inaccessible.

Until now.


The fences will come down from around the Hayden Flour Mill on Tuesday, May 22 and the public will be welcome to explore the grounds.


“The Hayden Flour Mill is the namesake and gateway into our downtown. It has long been an eyesore. We are excited that it will now be a welcoming entry point while also opening up the long-needed connection between the businesses on Mill Avenue and our unique asset of Tempe Town Lake,” said Nancy Hormann, president of the Downtown Tempe Community. “By programming the mill grounds with activities, we can keep that Mill and Lake connection flowing.”


FOR MEDIA ONLY: From 5 – 9 a.m. on May 22, members of the media are welcome to take the first tours of the restoration efforts. There will be no opportunities for public or media tours before this time because of construction and insurance issues. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, Downtown Tempe Community President Nancy Hormann and representatives of the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation will be on hand to show you the site and explain the significance of the Hayden Flour Mill to the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area.


HISTORY: The Hayden Flour Mill and Hayden’s Ferry were among the first businesses to open in Tempe. Mill Avenue was named after the Hayden Flour Mill.


“History should not be something that can only be read about in books. Tempe’s history is very evident throughout our city. The Hayden Flour Mill, being one of the first businesses in our city and one of the very reasons for our founding, is a visual reminder of our past. Now, our community will be able to touch the very beginning of our modern history,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman.


Those interested can watch a short video about Tempe’s history on YouTube at  Details on the history of the Mill can be found at


PRESENT DAY: Work on the Mill site began last May. Since then, the Rio Salado Foundation has raised $350,000 to convert the historic Hayden Flour Mill site from an eyesore to an event venue. It’s expected that thousands of people will watch movies, enjoy concerts, picnic, get married and celebrate special moments at the Hayden Flour Mill. The Downtown Tempe Community will book the event space beginning in late fall. Details on how to book the venue will be available on May 22.


Improvements to the site include a stage and grassy lawn, a grove of trees for shady picnics, an interpretative museum, lighting, cleaning of the overall site and much more.  Work remains to be completed: the Mill will be painted or sealed and the last sections of landscaping on the grounds will be installed.


“Many generations have cherished the land that this mill rests upon, from early Native Americans to pioneers, from our Hispanic roots to our modern day workforce. I am proud to see the Hayden Flour Mill become, once again, a vital part of our community.”


GRAND OPENING: A grand opening event with music, historic tours, food and fun will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, 5 – 10 p.m. This will also be the fall kickoff of the Third Thursday series for Mill Avenue. Details will be posted at as they are finalized.