City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  August 2015 

ALetter from the Mayor

It seems a week doesn't go by without someone asking me, "What's going on at the Brewery?"  My answer is, "There is a LOT going on behind the scenes to facilitate redevelopment of the brewery." 


Not only was the covenant barring alcohol production removed, which has renewed interest in the facility, but we also reached agreement with LOTT to allow a credit for reconnection fees to the sewer system. This has the potential to save millions in redevelopment costs.


Most recently, with the help of a grant from the State's Community and Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), we hired consultants to evaluate the cost of preservation of the iconic Old Brewhouse, and access and utility improvements for brewery properties north of Custer Way. The consultants also considered the feasibility of creating a "Craft Brewing and Distilling Center" on a portion of the former brewery property. City partners, including South Puget Sound Community College, Port of Olympia, Washington State University, Thurston Economic Development Council, and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation are already working to implement the plan. 


And with another grant from the Department of Ecology, the City is preparing a detailed environmental review of redevelopment options for the Old Brewhouse site. The report is expected to be released for public comment later this year. So, have patience as we continue to work with the current owners to return this community asset to a vibrant use. 


To download reports and learn more about other work we are doing to facilitate brewery redevelopment, go to Tumwater Brewery Redevelopment.

- Pete Kmet, Mayor               

BNeighborhood Project Grant Applications Due August 21

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Tumwater Farmers Market 
Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Corner of Israel Road and Capitol Boulevard.

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If you live on a numbered street south of Division Street SW on Tumwater Hill, you will soon see new street signs raised without an "S" before the street name (we call this a pre-direction). The streets affected are 2nd Avenue SW to 9th Avenue SW.


Over the years, the Cities and the County have used a coordinated approach to name streets. More than 20 years ago, they worked with the US Post Office and Capcom 9-1-1 (now T-COMM) to develop county-wide policies to lessen conflicts in the numerous addressing databases. As a standard, pre-directional designations were dropped to lessen confusion for emergency responders and mail delivery. There were a few cases where removing the pre-direction would have created duplicate addresses. This was the case for some Tumwater Hill streets. And because there were fewer homes on the north side of the Hill, the pre-direction "N" was retained for streets north of Division, but the "S" was removed for streets to the south.

To save money, the City chose not to replace all those street signs that still contained the pre-direction "S" (i.e. S 6th AVE SW) at the time of the change. But over the years, the inconsistency between the street signs (with the "S") and maps (without the "S") have caused some confusion. That's why the City's Public Works Department will soon be updating those signs on the southern part of Tumwater Hill.

If you live in this area of the City, please know that your house number will not change. Letters will be mailed to the affected addresses this month with a reminder to correct your mailing addresses. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or call (360) 754-4180 for assistance.

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In the wake of the The New Yorker article, "The Really Big One," by Kathryn Schulz, everyone is talking about the potential for a catastrophic earthquake event. Although it might seem as if this story has been told before, the important message to "be prepared" has never been more important. So how can you begin to prepare?
The Emergency Management Division of Washington State has provided extensive resources for citizens interested in earthquake preparedness. Check out the following links to read more about how to prepare for an earthquake.

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retiresTumwater Artesian Brewfest

Saturday, August 22

1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tumwater Valley Golf Course


The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest (renamed from the inaugural Tumwater Oktoberfest event in 2013) provides a venue to celebrate the legacy of brewing and its importance in Tumwater history. The event takes place in the shadow of the former brewery, at the driving range of the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 22, 2015. The event offers a selection of tastings from more than 40 different craft breweries, local wineries and a distillery, many food choices, and outdoor games. 


Tickets are on sale now at Brewfest Tickets. Save $5 if you purchase tickets online before the event. Military and designated driver discounts are also available.


This event is hosted by the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Tumwater to celebrate the tradition of brewing in the community. 

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Thanks to the 2015 Series Sponsor:
Toyota of Olympia!


2015 dates and movies are:


August 7, "The Lego Movie" (PG) sponsored by O Bee Credit Union

August 14, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (PG-13) sponsored by Lacey/Capital/Chehalis Collision


August 21, "Paddington" (PG) sponsored by Northstar Church


August 28, "Big Hero 6" (PG) sponsored by Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce


For more information, call (360) 754-4160 or visit:


 Riverwalk Tours are a great chance to learn the history of our community while enjoying the beautiful sites at Tumwater Falls Park. Visit the Olympia Tumwater Foundation website for a schedule.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855