The Hayden Flour Mill, with its tall white silos, is one of Tempe’s most iconic structures. It has been unoccupied since 1998, fenced off from the public and a no trespassing zone for safety reasons. The City of Tempe's intention is to someday attract development to that site that is in keeping with the historic and special nature of the building.
Until the development market returns to its strength, Tempe is working to rejuvenate the Hayden Flour Mill as an event venue. The Hayden Flour Mill is located at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue, adjacent to Tempe Butte (otherwise known as A Mountain.) Historically, because of its location between Mill Avenue shops and businesses and Tempe Town Lake, this has always been and continues to be one of the most active intersections in Tempe, conducting as many as 3 million people annually.
The City of Tempe, the Downtown Tempe Community and the Rio Salado Foundation have restored the grounds of the Hayden Flour Mill to create a special place for outdoor concerts, plays, dances and special events. The history of the mill comes alive with display panels that tell the mill's story. Key pieces of equipment have been moved to window areas and lit so they can be seen. A stage and grassy seating area now welcome people for performances.