Brewery District Planning Project
The City of Tumwater and Thurston Regional Planning Council are partnering on a study to support the transformation of the Brewery District. This work seeks to expand on the study conducted by the City of Tumwater about the former Olympia Brewery in 2011 and promote the commercial and residential revitalization and development of the Brewery District. 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 will identify 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 will include many opportunities for members of the public and the business community to share their ideas. To hear about meetings, future events or just be informed about the process, please join our email list.
Reports and other materials will be available on this website as they are produced.
For More Information
For more information about the project, please contact:
Tim Smith, Planning Manager for the City of Tumwater
Results of the Community Open House #3 - October 24, 2013
Results of the Community Open House #2 - June 20, 2013
Results of the Community Open House #1 - February 28, 2013
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]
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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 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
Brewery District Planning Project Mailing List
Stay informed about public meetings, opportunities for input, and other news as this project proceeds.
|Brewery District Map [PDF]|
|Capitol/ Martin Corridor [PDF]|
Jan. 15, 2014, Focus Group Meeting #8 Agenda [PDF]
Nov. 21, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #7 Presentation [PDF]
Nov. 21, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #7 Agenda [PDF]
Sept. 26, 2013, Focus Group Meeting #6 Agenda [PDF]
August 1, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #5 Agenda [PDF]
May 30, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #4 Agenda [PDF]
April 11, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #3 Agenda and Meeting Materials [PDF]
March 28, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #2 Agenda and Meeting Materials [PDF]
January 31, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #1 Agenda [PDF]
January 31, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting Presentation [PDF]
Brewery District Community Engagement Program [PDF]
Existing Conditions Report (divided by section for convenient download):