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Community Visioning Project for the Former Olympia Brewery

Leopold Schmidt began brewing beer in 1896 in Tumwater – near the first permanent American settlement on Puget Sound.  By 1902, the slogan “It’s the Water” made Tumwater and Olympia Beer nationally famous!  In 2003 the Brewery blew the 5 o’clock whistle for the last time. Over 400 employees lost their jobs and the buildings and facilities have sat idle ever since.  This site sits in the heart of old Tumwater, along a vital urban area that connects Tumwater Town Center and the State Capitol in Olympia. We need the community visioning to honor the history and consider the best new uses for this landmark property.  

How can the Olympia Brewery site once again strengthen the community and provide jobs, housing, and community space?

In early 2011 this question was explored through a site evaluation, market study, focus groups, and public meetings.

Brewery Focus Group [pdf 93 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions [pdf 191 KB]

 Thank you to the 100s of people that attended the public meetings or sent their ideas in by mail or email. The consultants blended these ideas with an evaluation of the site, the buildings, and the market into a report that was presented to the Tumwater City Council on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. 

Final Report for the Community Visioning Project - Former Olympia Brewery [pdf 1.1 MB]
Final Report for the Community Visioning Project Exhibits [pdf 5.5 MB]

The City Council adopted an Action Plan on December 6th, 2011. The Action Plan embraces the recommendations in the Final Report, and identifies a wide range of activities and community stakeholders. It creates the framework for future work and collaborations.

City of Tumwater Brewery Action Plan [pdf 334 KB]

For an inside look at the Olympia Brewery and to find out what happens next in this exciting project - please view this short video:  The Olympia Brewery: An exclusive look by local media group Einmaleins.

If you have any questions, please email or call 360-956-7575

Meeting Information

March 31: Focus Group Project Kick–Off Meeting, 5:30 – 7:00 PM, Fire Station Headquarters Training Room 

April 14: Focus Group, 5:30 – 7:00 PM, City Hall Downstairs Training Room

May 19: Focus Group, 5:30 – 7:30 PM,
Tumwater Headquarters Fire Station Training Room 

June 23: Focus Group, 5:30-7:30pm,
Tumwater Headquarters Fire Station Training Room

July 13: Focus Group & Client Oversight Group Final Meeting, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Tumwater Valley Lodge 

 November 3: Focus Group Meeting Packet [pdf 557 KB]


Other dates of interest:

May 31: Public Meeting #1 Tumwater Valley Lodge,  7:00 – 9:15 pm 

Thanks to a local media group, Einmaleins, you can view part of the May 31st public meeting in a video called: "Deciding the Olympia Brewery's Future". The group chatted with residents, architects and leaders about what could become of the idle industrial site along the Deschutes River.  This media group is not affiliated with or financially endorsed by Thurston Regional Planning Council.

The Valley: Summary of Ideas from the May 31st Public Meeting [pdf 80 KB]

The Knoll: Summary of Ideas from the May 31st Public Meeting [pdf 76 KB]

Themes Proposed for Future Use of the Brewery Properties [pdf 126 KB]

June 30: Public Meeting #2 Tumwater Valley Lodge,  7:00 – 9:15 pm

Summary of June 30th Public Meeting Polling Results [pdf 108 KB]

Olympia Brewery Visioning Values, Uses, Assessments and Pathways [pdf 2 MB] 



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The Brewery District Planning Project will identify opportunities  to revitalize a walkable commercial & residential area in this historic neighborhood. Learn More >

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