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.
Ways to Get Involved
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 Material
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
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Brewery District Planning Project Mailing List
Stay informed about public meetings, opportunities for input, and other news as this project proceeds.
Community Open House Thursday, February 28, 2013
See the flyer here [pdf 1116 KB]
Summary of Public Comments
[pdf 111 KB]
TCTV Video Recording (Youtube Link)
April 11, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #3 Agenda and Meeting Materials [pdf 2 MB]
March 28, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #2 Agenda and Meeting Materials [pdf 243 KB]
January 31, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting #1 Agenda [pdf 96 KB]
January 31, 2013 Brewery District Focus Group Meeting Presentation [pdf 4.3 MB]
Brewery District Community Engagement Program [pdf 600 KB]
Existing Conditions Report (divided by section for convenient download):
Brewery District Planning Area [pdf 650 KB]
Capitol/ Martin Corridor [pdf 168 KB]
Capitol Boulevard Planning Project TRPC is partnering with the City of Tumwater on a study that seeks to promote redevelopment along Capitol Boulevard; improve the aesthetic appeal of the street; and improve transportation options, safety for walkers, cyclists, and motorists.
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