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Hayden Flour Mill Opens to Public Use After Renovation

After months of renovation, the Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe is now more eye candy than eyesore. The iconic Mill Avenue building reopened on Tuesday as an events venue, public space, and museum (of sorts).

The $350,000 makeover, which was funded by the Rio Salado Foundation, upgraded the surrounding property with lush landscaping, verdant greenery, an outdoor concrete stage, and plenty of artistic touches.

And while the historic buildings that make up the mill complex -- which dates back to the 1870s -- are still largely vacant, It's a definite step up from the blight-ridden monolith (and dumping ground for empty beer cans) that the mill had become since its closure in 1998.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.