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Recent Actions at the Brewery

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Recent Actions at the Brewery site

Redevelopment of the historic brewery site has numerous public benefits.  These include recreational opportunities, expanded and integrated trail network, renovation of the historic tower represents civic pride in the brewery site and a successful redevelopment process retaining the architectural and aesthetic elements of the buildings will are valuable for the site as living history.  The City was recently awarded a planning grant from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to review the potential for public/private partnerships as the site redevelops.

Warehouse (Historic Site)
 Historic Site rendering
Image compliments of Falls Development
  • A public/private partnership has been established with Falls Development (the property owner of Historic Site parcels north of Custer Way), Thurston County Economic Development Council, Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Port of Olympia, Washington State University Extension, South Puget Sound Community College, the Washington State University School of Food Science and the City of Tumwater to study the creation of a Craft Brewing and Distilling Center for the site. Although partnership efforts are currently focused on the “historic” north side of the brewery properties, the project has potential for expansion.
  • Brewery District Subarea Plan is underway to find viable transportation options to create better access to and around the area and improve and use and urban design to enhance the business climate. 
  • Awarded grant from Community Economic Revitalization Board to study private/public partnership opportunities for the site.
  • Old Brewhouse brownfield study funded by a grant from Department of Ecology to facilitate environmental mitigation for cleanup of select properties and economic development options.
  • Successfully advocated for brewing covenant removal. In Spring of 2013, the restrictive covenant that existed on the site prohibiting the production of alcohol was removed, which increases options for brewery redevelopment. 
  • A grant-funded feasibility study underway for the future “E” Street extension across properties. This critical connector would facilitate traffic flow, circulation and access to the brewery site from Capitol to Cleveland. Pre-design feasibility study is currently underway funded by a federal grant.
  • Established interim zoning standards, consistent with community vision. Permanent zoning process is currently underway as the Brewery District Plan zoning is considered. 
  • Deschutes River Hydraulic Study to develop solutions to flooding and erosion.
  • The City is working with LOTT and their master planning process to review river hydrology and options to potentially remediate the impacts of the flood plain that exists on the brewery site.
  • Progressing on Tumwater Valley Trail to complement development.
  • Celebrate the tradition of brewing in Tumwater. Attend the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 23, 2014.
  • The City is working closely with LOTT to develop a Master Plan for development on their property at the former brewery site.  LOTT will emphasize riparian restoration and public access/education as an important environmental component of future site development.

Previous actions to pave the way for redevelopment

The City of Tumwater and regional partners (Thurston Regional Planning Council, for example) have dedicated resources to complete several large scale planning and visioning processes.  The City has completed a number of studies and analysis that include the former Brewery site, including:

  • Tumwater Historic Site Study pdf-icon-sm- 2015 
  • Shoreline Master Program Update - 2012
  • Community Visioning Project (with Exhibits) collaboration with Thurston County Regional Planning Council – 2011
  • Capital Facilities Plan – 2011
  • Brewery Action Plan – (adopted by City Council) 2011
  • Strategic Plan - 2010
  • Economic Development Element of the City Comprehensive Plan – 2010
  • Tumwater Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan - 2008
  • Tumwater Transportation Plan – 2008
  • Tumwater Historic District Infrastructure Analysis – 2005
  • A Land Use Plan for the Deschutes Neighborhood of Tumwater, updated in 2005, has been compiled by TRPC. This document cites the Deschutes River Special Area Management Plan, which amends the Shoreline Master Program for the Thurston Region. 
  • New Market Historic District Plan - 1993
  • Deschutes River Habitat Restoration Project in partnership with LOTT.

See Brewery Properties and Long Range Planning for more information.