Last night, the latest redevelopment plan for the historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja Steakhouse finally got the blessing of Tempe’s Historic Preservation Commission . This latest conceptual plan will now go in front of the Development Review Commission and the City Council in the coming weeks. Sounds like Sky Harbor officials (that didn’t like the height of the stadium) will also throw in their 2 cents. The location of this place has been called the gateway to Mill Avenue and will serve as kind of a breaking point for the events at Tempe Town Lake and the bustling Mill Avenue District. These two areas are separated by the light rail stop at Third Street and Mill. Once the rail line opens, this area is sure to see even more interest. Several major developments are in the works within a short distance. (I’ll be writing about them in the near future)
I am personally glad that the main part of the original building will be left alone as I have enjoyed many trips to Monti’s with family, friends etc. It will be interesting to watch and see what the final outcome produces. I’ll be sure to let ya know..