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Brewery District Plan

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Brewery District – Planning for the Neighborhood Surrounding the Brewery

Brewery1148 TUM SQUARE   cropped North Focus Area of Brewery District. Photo by Aerial Images NW.

Summary of Plan

The Brewery District includes the former Olympia Brewery and the triangle of roads formed by Custer Way, Cleveland Avenue, and Capitol Boulevard, some of the oldest portions of Tumwater. The district extends north to the Sunset Life property and south to "E" Street.

Brewery District

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.

As the result of a series of studies and projects, the Brewery District Plan was created with four goals in mind:

  1. Create a stronger sense of place by facilitating pedestrian access, establishing gathering places for residents, and fostering a distinct District identity
  2. Improve transportation options, safety, and access within and across the District
  3. Expand economic opportunity and activity
  4. Improve the function and appearance of the built environment

The plan provides transportation enhancements, public realm improvements, a vision for building character and development intensity, and a set of implementation and phasing strategies to assist in transitioning the Brewery District into a multi-modal activity center with a mixture of housing and neighborhood-serving businesses.

Brewery District

Brewery District Plan 

The Brewery District Plan was adopted by the Tumwater City Council on May 6th, 2014.

Brewery District Plan (2014) pdf-icon-sm (26 MB)

Appendices for Brewery District Plan (2014pdf-icon-sm (20 MB)

Ordinance O2014-007 Brewery District Zone and Development Standards pdf-icon-sm  (20 MB)

Other Brewery Area Documents

Market Analysis for the Old Brewhouse Site (2014) pdf-icon-sm (8 MB)

Brewery Visioning Project Final Report (2011) pdf-icon-sm (7 MB)

Brewery Action Plan (2011) pdf-icon-sm (<1 MB)

Brewery Report - Cultural Resources Survey (2006) pdf-icon-sm (20 MB)

Old Brewhouse Infrastructure Analysis (2005) pdf-icon-sm (15 MB)

Old Brewhouse Estimated Market Value (1997) pdf-icon-sm (4 MB)

Old Brewhouse Environmental Assessment Phase 1 (1997) pdf-icon-sm (4 MB)

Old Brewhouse Environmental Assessment Phase 2 (1997) pdf-icon-sm  (8 MB)

Old Brewhouse Long Range Plan (1996)pdf-icon-sm (<1 MB)

New Market Historic District Master Plan (1993)

Brewery Links

Brewery Properties

Craft Brewing and Distilling Center

Recent Actions

March 2019 Planning Commission Status Presentation

Staff Contact

For more information about the Brewery District and plan, please contact Planning Manager Brad Medrud at (360) 754-4180 or e-mail at