The Tumwater Brewery site, former home of Olympia beer production, is a regional asset with a high degree of potential redevelopment value. The potential for economic development will contribute to increased regional employment opportunities, revitalization of the local and regional economy, and reinvigorate a site that has lasting historical, cultural, and community value. The challenge to viable and feasible development is the complex environmental dynamic of the site.
The Brewery Action Plan is a strategy developed in 2011, based on extensive community visioning, which has been updated regularly to reflect accomplishments and changes in conditions relating to infrastructure, ownership, priorities, and funding opportunities.
Brewery Action Plan updated 2016
The City of Tumwater (City) has been defined by the presence of the Olympia Brewery site for over a century. The site is located in the heart of Tumwater, adjacent to the Deschutes River, and with signature visibility from the I-5 corridor. Unique to the brewery site are several rich layers of culture and history. The site also presents challenges and opportunities for historic preservation, cultural endowment, environmental sensitivity and mitigation, riparian restoration, recreational opportunities, and economic development. Some of the highlights include:
| Modern Brewery Site
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| Historic Brewhouse and Site
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- Native American historical and cultural site
- Location where settlers from the Columbia River first settled in Washington State
- Southernmost location of Puget Sound
- Brewery History
The buildings and site were developed at different historical periods.
Modern site - South of Custer Way
The more modern brewery site south of Custer Avenue comprises 175 acres and three distinct areas, the Knoll, the Valley, and the Bluff. Building square footage for these portions of the brewery site are approximately 800,000 sq. ft.
Historic site - North of Custer Way
The historic Brewhouse site north of Custer Way comprises 32 acres and approximately 150,000 sq.ft. of existing building footprint and a larger, more modern building fronting Custer Way (156,000 sq. ft.). A Planned Action that addresses environmental concerns and outlines mitigation for development was passed by the Tumwater City Council in 2016.
For more information
See Recent Actions for a list of redevelopment activities.
Redevelopment of this site is a complex process. Contact Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, Assistant City Administrator, for more information at (360) 754-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inventory of priorities available on the City website is not intended to be a complete roster of commercial and industrial properties available in Tumwater. Contact your local real estate agent for more business opportunities.