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Brewery District Planning Project

The City of Tumwater and Thurston Regional Planning Council partnered on a study to support the transformation of the Brewery District into a vibrant, mixed use, and walkable area that supports commerce and housing. This work expands on the study conducted by the City of Tumwater about the former Olympia Brewery in 2011. This district includes the former Olympia Brewery and the triangle of roads formed by Custer Way, Cleveland Avenue, and Capitol Boulevard. The district extends north to the Sunset Life property and south to "E" Street. Planning for the area is a priority of the City of Tumwater Strategic Plan.

The Brewery District is part of the oldest portion of Tumwater. Located near the Deschutes River, the area was the original location of the first American settlement on Puget Sound, and included a variety of commercial businesses and operations that took advantage of the river’s power for manufacturing. Construction of Interstate-5, however, displaced this historic settlement, particularly the commercial portion. The historic downtown was destroyed and commercial businesses moved east within the neighborhood, and south outside of the neighborhood. Closure of the Olympia Brewery in 2003 further impacted the area, leaving a large brownfield in the center of the Brewery District.

This study identified the tools and opportunities needed to revitalize a walkable commercial and residential area in this historic portion of Tumwater. Given the amenities available in the district and possible adaptive reuse of the Olympia Brewery, the City of Tumwater and the Thurston Regional Planning Council believe that it is a perfect time to work towards the Brewery District’s transformation.

The study included many opportunities for members of the public and the business community to share their ideas.

For More Information Contact:

Tim Smith, Planning Manager for the City of Tumwater
(360) 754-4212


Results of the Community Open House #3 - October 24, 2013

Flyer [PDF]

Preferred Alternative Presentation

Agenda [PDF]

Posterboards [PDF]

Results of the Community Open House #2 - June 20, 2013

At the last open house, the Brewery District unveiled its preferred alternatives. Click on the links below to review what was presented.

Slide Show [PDF]

Flyer [PDF]

Opportunities and Constraints Map [PDF] 

Draft Vision and Goals [PDF]

Brewery and Old Brewhouse [PDF]

Existing and Forecasted Traffic Volumes [PDF]

Mid-Block Crossing Options [PDF]

Project Goals and Objectives [PDF]

Signalization and Roundabout Alts [PDF]

Agenda [PDF]

Brewery Site Subareas [PDF]

Proposed Street Configurations

Roundabout Features [PDF]

Street Options [PDF]

Existing and Future Traffic Flows [PDF]

Existing Alignment [PDF]

Signalization Alternatives [PDF]

Roundabout Alternatives [PDF]


Results of the Community Open House #1 - February 28, 2013

See the flyer here [PDF]

TCTV Video Recording (Youtube Link)

Summary of Public Comments [PDF]


Meeting Minutes

Jan. 31, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #1 [PDF]

March 28, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #2 [PDF]

April 11, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #3 [PDF] 

May 30, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #4 [PDF]

August 1, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #4 [PDF]


Project Materials


Existing Conditions Report (divided by section for convenient download):




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   Final Plan

Brewery District Plan (2014) [pdf 26 MB]

Appendices for Brewery District Plan (2014) [pdf 19 MB]

   Draft Plan

Download the Jan. 22, 2014, Draft Brewery District Plan:

Sections 1 & 2 [PDF]

Section 3 [PDF]

Section 4 [PDF]

Appendices 1-2 [PDF]

Appendices 3-5 [PDF]

Appendix 6 [PDF]

   Brewery News

"Brewery District Meeting Tuesday: Tumwater City Council and Planning Commission set open house, public hearing on development plan", The Olympian, Feb. 18, 2014.

Read the Article ... [PDF]

MilerCoors has agreed to lift the deed restriction that prevented alcohol from being produced at the former Olympia Brewery, likely kicking the door open a little wider to attracting a new buyer and user for the site.

Read the Article ... [PDF]

Go to the Former Olympia Community Visioning Project Website

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Brewery District Planning Project Mailing List

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Brewery District Map [PDF]

Capitol/ Martin Corridor [PDF]


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