The Big D!

Arizona State University has issued a Request for Qualifications to solicit responses from firms/developers for the planning and development of 330 acres at the north end of the ASU’s Tempe Campus.  “The District” is adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium and Tempe Town Lake.  ASU intends to create a model for planning and development that will demonstrate the future of creative urban neighborhood design and sustainable development.

View more info and the RFQ here:

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Envisioning Tempe in 2040

It’s time for you to help plan the future of your city! By getting involved in the development of General Plan 2040, you can determine what your community will look like and help the city prioritize what you think is important.

Tempe is also looking for people to serve on a committee to gather opinions of even more community members.  The City Clerk will accept applications through October 15.  An application to participated on the General Plan 2040 Community Working Group is found online at

Contact us with questions and comments at or 480-350-8073.


We Won! We Won! We Won!

City of Tempe efforts on two great projects paid off with sweet Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards.

The Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge snagged the first place Crescordia trophy for Buildings and Structures: Industrial & Public Works while the Crosscut Multi-use Path Phase II earned Awards of Merit in the categories of Site Development and Landscape: Trails and Art in Public Places for the Contours and Crossings art piece.

There were 120 entries, but only 17 Crescordia and 27 Awards of Merit. Take a look at all the winners:



Mill around the Mill

Don’t just do the same old thing this weekend! You can be part of history this Friday night.

  • The dedication of the Hayden Flour Mill happens this Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. with three musical acts, tours and more than 55 vendor booths.
  • The dedication ceremony happens at 6 p.m. and includes Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, the Tempe City Council, Downtown Tempe Community and the Rio Salado Foundation. There may be some surprise special guests with links to the city’s founding past, too.

Jared and the Mill, a band that named itself after the building, will perform starting at 6:45 p.m. The group plays instruments that might have been used by people who lived in the 1870s, when the flour mill was built, such as washboards, banjos, accordions and drums. They blend old tyme with modern style for a fresh folk-pop sound. Take a listen at: httpa://
Take a peek inside the mill with Tempe City Architect Mark Vinson:

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Tempe continues to take the LEED


Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona has built, renovated and repaired more than 825 homes in the metro Phoenix area.  As a result of the city of Tempe’s generous land donation, Habitat’s successes will increase by 3 in the near term.  And, as part of Habitat’s committment to “green” building and sustainability, all three of the new Tempe homes will be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards.

Three families will be chosen for these homes so that they can participate in the construction, which is part of the “habitat” philosphy.

For more information about Habitat, or volunteer opportunities, please visit:

For more information about the City of Tempe Housing Program visit:http://www/index.aspx?page=206